ERWear: Wearable System Design through the Lens of First Responders

Category
Design, Research, Software, Wearables

We explore the design of a wearable computing solution for first responders. Wearable devices have many uses, but commercial devices are not suitable for emergency response. First responders face high risk and volatile situations, and wearables possess significant potential to keep responders safe. A lack of understanding exists when designing wearables for first responders. Existing research focuses on the physical implementation of various sensors, rather than usability. Combining literature and extensive interviews, we devise design guidelines for responder-oriented wearable systems. We propose a prototype system, and discuss early feedback from responders.

Authors

Edwin Chan, Yuxi Wang, Teddy Seyed, Frank Maurer