Project Description

Alissa Antle

Professor, Interactive Arts and Technology, SFU

Dr Alissa Antle is the founder and director of the Tangible Embodied and Child Interaction (TECI) Research Lab in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Canada. As an innovator and scholar, her research investigates how new forms of interactive technologies can support, change and augment the ways that children learn, develop and connect. Her interactive systems have been deployed to facilitate collaborative learning about aboriginal heritage, sustainability and social justice; improve learning outcomes for dyslexic children; and teach self-regulation to disadvantaged children. Dr. Antle is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, acknowledging her as one of Canada’s intellectual leaders.

Speaking at the conference

Tuesday, September 28, 9:15-10:00 am PST

Designing On-Body Smart Apps for Youths’ Well-being: What You Need to Know

Driven by the rapid pace of technical innovation in biosensing, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and wearable computing, on-body smart devices are seeing unprecedented uptake in consumer markets, particularly with youth. The motivations of economics combined with the lack of governance, the unexplored possible impacts of normative values, and other ethical issues inherent in on-body smart devices for youth creates an unprecedented, urgent and widespread yet largely invisible societal concern. How may these devices impact the development of the next generation? There is little research that anticipates potential negative impacts of on-body smart devices on well-being. In this presentation, Alissa will summarize her research in this space and present seven themes for consideration by product and UX designers. Following Alissa and her team’s guidance will ensure designs promote well-being in terms of youths’ identity formation, the development of autonomy and agency, and what sources of information youth turn to for authority about themselves.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand some of the ways that on-body smart devices and applications may negatively impact youths’ identify formation, sense of autonomy and agency and what sources of information they believe about themselves.
  • Understand considerations when designing on-body smart devices and applications to ensure youths’ well-being including the importance of personalization, data transparency, social context and age appropriate empowerment.
  • Understand the value of co-designing on-body smart devices and applications with youth and get pointers about how to do this research as part of product development.
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