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"Wearable computing revisits the use of traditional craft in new way and the (technologically) self-constructed self is another kind of democratic craft. Documentations of the self where we create enduring records of everything from social encounters to our heart-rates become designed vehicles for abstract mirrors of the self."

How we talk about craft matters. Please, as a New Year's resolution: Let's use language that is clear and meaningful. Meaningful especially to those who are not makers/creators. How else will we be able to convince anyone outside of the craft bubble that what we do matters?

Thank you!

The Editor.

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Comment by 2Roses on December 14, 2013 at 9:04pm

Harriete, the technology has actually been in use for many years in a much smaller ingestible and subcutaneous form. This larger, frankly clumsier, version is offered at a price that a larger segment of the population can afford. If the ACM promotion is any indication, their conference sounds like extended nails on a chalk board. You could have gotten this information years ago at a number of electronics and computing conferences without needing an interpreter for the artspeak. From my perspective ACM is a day late and a dollar short, but better late than never.

Comment by Harriete Estel Berman on December 14, 2013 at 4:30pm

While I understand that the technology have been around for decades, never before was it available in this small condensed, water proof unit such as the Fitbit functional component to the left. And at such a reasonable price range.

Since the electronics is generally beyond most of our abilities....integrating the functional components for Fitbit or Shin into jewelry or clothing  is a really exciting idea.

Imagine that you just take out the unit and slip it into the cuff of a shirt for example....or the bracelet that goes with your outfit.

Even better it would be fun to collaborate with industry...so that the jewelery/textile people could focus on the design decorative aspect that we do bestI. So much potential.



Comment by 2Roses on December 14, 2013 at 12:33pm

Our field's addiction to pretentious pseudo intellectual verbosity is hilarious as it demonstrates a complete lack of common sense and ability to communicate clearly in the quest to appear "deep and important".  It is the ultimate triumph of style over substance, vanity over truth.

The actual topic and technology presented here has been explored for several decades. The only thing that is really "new" is that the technology has reached the consumer level. Wider accessibility is exciting to be sure, but the point is that this has been around in scientific, engineering and computing circles for quite a while. Artists are apparently just waking up to it, and our first reaction is to wrap it up in a blanket of b*******.

There is value in speaking plainly and clearly.

Comment by Harriete Estel Berman on December 13, 2013 at 4:22pm

I would like to add that despite the challenge verbage....this conference sounds fascinating and right on target. ASK Harriete just had three posts about this topic published this week.

What is the Jewelry of the 21st Century?

FitBit Evaluation of Design and Function

FitBit Jewelry Past, Present Future or "Silicon is the NEW Silver"


 

Comment by Harriete Estel Berman on December 13, 2013 at 4:17pm

Here is my translation: the original paragraph in question is below:

Wearable computing is on the horizon. Technology now makes it possible to document calories burned, steps taken, distance traveled, activity level, heart rate, and sleep patterns. Jewelry and clothing of the future will combine style and digital function.

Traditional crafts of Jewelers,and textiles can participate in the growth of a new market.Jewelry has a new role, and a new dimension of value beyond materials or decoration. This jewelry empowers in a whole new way. 

Join us to learn about the potential of this new opportunity for craft to collaborate with state fo the art body monitoring technology.

ORIGINAL

.lO At the ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems in 2014 we will explore the idea that the design of interactive systems is entering a new socio-technical paradigm around the idea of craft. The theme of the conference is “Crafting Design”. We see the confluence of phenomena that may constitute new approaches and new foci in HCI and interaction design. The re-emergence of hand skills is evident in the development of multi-touch and full body interfaces. DIY and Maker cultures has become a wide spread phenomenon in which craftsmanship of the maker matters. Wearable computing revisits the use of traditional craft in new way and the (technologically) self-constructed self is another kind of democratic craft. Documentations of the self where we create enduring records of everything from social encounters to our heart-rates become designed vehicles for abstract mirrors of the self.

 

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