Wearable Computing Homework Assignments
The homework assignments are intended to bring students up to speed on
using the UMass Wearables.
Homework 1: Donning the Gear - Due 02/11/2002
On the assignment due date, please be prepared to demonstrate:
- That you are able to login to one of the wearables (preferably
using the twiddler).
- That your wearable can report live updates of your favorite
- That your wearable can remind you of upcoming appointments.
- That you can dictate a sentence to your wearable (using
Homework 2: Extended Use of a Wearable (Assimilation) - Due 02/25/2002
This homework is designed to get everyone into the wearable frame of
mind. The only way to do this is to use the device in many different
contexts. The task is the following: wear a machine (and use it) for
a total of 20 hours. The rules are as follows:
At the end of your experiment, write a 1.5-2 page evaluation of your experience. Include the following:
Start by using a machine for short periods of time (to give
yourself a chance to get used to it). Before the end of the
assignment, try using the device for a period of 3 hours.
- Really use the machine (not just wear it). Try taking notes,
reading email, practicing your Twiddler skills, etc.
You are allowed to carry around a standard keyboard, but please
give the twiddler a chance (at least 10 of the 20 hours).
- Be sensitive to the distractions that the device might cause.
Although using a wearable in a classroom or meeting environment is one
of the most interesting contexts to do so, it is possible that you
might offend or annoy someone. So - please check with your professors
or supervisors before doing so.
How did your usage of the system change through the course of your
What automatic services did you use?
Which did you find to be most
How did the system change what
information you collected?
How did it change how you interacted
with people (both local and remote)?
What do you see as the immediately important developments in the
wearable computer interface?
Last modified: Mon Jan 28 23:00:54 2002