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World of wearables coming to Toronto


No longer is technology just sitting on our desks or in our hands. With the eruption of wearables, we are now seeing our bodies adorned with this advancing technology. And we are only on the cusp of this new wave of computing.

On Thursday, November 13, the FITC Wearables conference will spend the day exploring wearable technology, its current state, and where this tech is headed. Held at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, this event features a keynote presentation by ‘the father of the wearable computer’ Steve Mann, the internationally-known artist, technologist and educator Kate Hartman, plus many other leaders in the wearable space including co-founders and CEOs from Bionym and Normative, Karl Martin and Matthew Milan, respectively.

The developer focused presentations will have a business friendly edge and will examine the following topics: authentication, identity, biometric data, quantified self, notifications, communications, motion, gesture, augmented reality, virtual reality, brain computer interface, neurotechnology and the future of wearables. There are also opportunities for all the attendees to try out some of the wearables in the exhibitor and demo area, including the Muse by InteraXon.

“It’s not about designing wearables, it’s about how to intelligently design excellent experiences for humans interfacing with wearable devices. It’s about making technology invisible so it recedes into the background and enables a deeper engagement with reality.” Says Dr. Helen Papagiannis, Ph.D, augmented reality specialist at Augmented Stories and co-host of FITC Wearables along with Tom Emrich, founder of We Are Wearables.

Mann will unveil a new invention that makes sight itself visible, and can be used to ‘see’ computer vision and surveillance in a way never before possible. Dubbed ‘surveilluminescence’, the technology reveals a camera’s “sightfield” as a pattern of glowing lights. He is currently a professor in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he directs the Humanistic Intelligence Research Laboratory and is Chief Scientist at the Creative Destruction Lab at the Rotman School of Management. Mann is also Chief Scientist of Meta, the makers of Spaceglasses.

For more information and to purchase a ticket visit the event page at fitc.ca/wearables