Dr. David Fabry
Presentation Title: Reimagining hearing aids by providing a gateway to health and wellness
Abstract: During the past decade, hearing aids have evolved from “stand alone” devices that provide audibility for speech and other sounds for those with hearing loss to “connected” ones that facilitate phone/media streaming via smart phone technology. Today, the use of machine learning, artificial intelligence and embedded sensors promise to further continue the hearing aid’s evolution into devices that can provide a gateway to health and wellness, particularly for health conditions where there is high disease comorbidity with hearing loss. This session will address recent advances in technology that challenge assumptions and stigma associated with hearing loss.
Dr. Lucy Dunne
Title: Moving Beyond Smart Wristbands: Future Directions for Wearable Technology and Smart Clothing
Abstract: In the years after the mid-2010s peak of consumer wearable devices, some key obstacles and limitations to the scope of utility and usability of wearables have risen to the forefront. A leading limitation is the form factor: localized devices worn in one spot on the body pose inherent limitations to the scope of functionality that can be provided to the user. Yet at the same time, distributing functionality over the body surface is also a significant challenge. This talk will discuss current University of Minnesota research exploring the potential of textile- and garment-form wearable devices to expand the horizons of what can be done using wearable technologies, with a focus on expanding human capabilities and delivering more seamless experience.