Linkitz is delighted to be participating with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in a research study on kids and wearables! Here's a brief description from the Principal Investigator, Professor Isabel Pedersen:
The Decimal Lab at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology is launching a new project, which will investigate the future of wearable technology through the lens of a child’s perspective and one that encourages girls in STEM learning contexts. The first phase of the project involves extensive collaboration. Decimal Lab, professors, and students from the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities as well as the Faculty of Education are partnering with Linkitz, a start-up company developing a wearable device which will be used by children to help them learn about software coding. Linkitz is also the 2014 winner of the N100 competition hosted by Northumberland Business Development Assistance Corporation (NBDA Corp, Manager John Hayden). The CEO of Linkitz is MIT PhD and entrepreneur Lyssa Neel, who approached the lab for input. The intent is that our research project will inform the development of the Linkitz wearable. Kids, Creative Storyworlds, and Wearables will serve to examine how children think and feel about technology cast in their own stories about the future. Considering we are undergoing rapid social changes, and that schools are not necessarily able to keep abreast of them, this study seeks to learn how young children understand personal technology (e.g., wearable tech, graspable tech) in terms of story-making and story-telling amongst peers and alone (as solo participants). In order to conduct this research, this project will implement textual/visual analysis and ethnography with a group of kids in order to understand how children envision the future of wearable technology.
Isabel Pedersen, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture
Director of Decimal: Digital Culture and Media Lab
University of Ontario Institute of Technology