Sensory earables are increasingly becoming a mainstream compute platform with a promise to fundamentally
transform personal-scale human sensing
applications. Over the past few years, a number of research efforts in the ubiquitous computing domain
have sought to achieve useful, engaging,
and sometimes ambitious behavioural analytics with sensory earables including studies of the human face;
of emotion and stress; continuous
monitoring of cardiovascular function; oxygen consumption and blood flow; and tracking eating episodes
as well as dietary and swallowing activities.
At the same time, we have started seeing commercial efforts such as Bragi's The Dash, Bose SoundSport,
Jabra Elite Sport, and Sony Xperia offering music
experience augmented with sensory services including fitness tracking, real-time translations and
conversational agents. Naturally, earables are becoming
an intense interdisciplinary area of study with many and diverse applications including HCI, empathic
communication, behavioural science,
health and wellbeing, entertainment, education, and security.
However, as of today, earable computing lacks an academic forum to bring together researchers,
practitioners, and design experts from academia and
industry to discuss, share, and shape this exciting new area of research.
We are organising this very first workshop on Earable Computing
with a hope that this workshop will serve as a catalyst for advancements in sensory
earable technology as well as present a clear sense of direction for the research community to proceed
in this space.
As a launchpad, we aim to leverage the Open Earable Platform, eSense
from Nokia Bell Labs. These devices are being
shared with 50+ academic institutions to accelerate the research in this space.
In particular, we expect the very first workshop will include participants from these institutions
reporting on their research with sensory earables to bootstrap this community.