Trending at SXSW Interactive 2016: Wearable Technology

March 08, 2016 - By: Sarah Hovis

 For 30 years,
South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences and Festivals have provided a creative environment, balanced with professional growth in the areas of music, film, and technology. Over 10 days, the city of Austin creates their own version of March madness. According to their website, what
gains traction at the SXSW Interactive Festival, usually garners global attention during or shortly after the event. One of the trends to keep an eye on at the SXSW Interactive Festival starting on Friday, March 11 is Wearable Technology. Some of the major topics being discussed within the trend are: •
Health care: Going beyond simply counting steps, speakers and sessions will tackle how
data collected from wearables can be used to improve long-term health, better the patient experience, and make clinical trials, along with research and development more effective and efficient. •
Privacy: On the flipside of innovation in the areas of health care, the
Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and Fitbit will present their findings on a unique project collaboration directed at companies that
collect health and wellness data and how they can honor user privacy and dignity in an ethical way. Read more wearables topics happening at SXSW Interactive Festival
here. Tell us in the comments what aspect of wearables technology most interests you.