Editor’s note:Forest Young is an educator at Yale University and a Creative Director in Interbrand’s New York studio. He also serves as a board member of the AIGA/NY and is a member of the MoMA R&D Salon.
Flight or invisibility? The age-old question about which superpower one would choose unveils a preference for either showboating or stealth. When the same lens is applied to wearable technology, the question becomes rhetorical. We do not want to be overshadowed or defined by our devices. Rather, we want to retain a sense of agency. Technology should serve as a secret helper. Enter invisibles: camouflaged wearables or micro-scale biosensors that are adhered to the skin, ingested or implanted.
Born of a similar premise of stealth advantage in the 1960s, MIT professors Edward Thorp and Claude Shannon invented the first wearable computer — a concealable, cigarette-pack-sized computer that increased their odds at the roulette tables in…
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