Hollie L. Miller

Scholarly Work for PhD. Consideration

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“A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leaders and alliances.” (Wikipedia)

So what makes technology like sixth sense or google glass a disruptive technology or innovation? When google glass came on the scene in 2013 it was doing so to create a different type of experience from the ones that many smartphone users were currently having. Smartphones allowed you to have a touch sensitive device, a camera, and a visual display all at your fingertips. Google glass broke into the scene by letting people know they could have similar but different experience using their product and having all of the usability of a smartphone in a wearable piece of hands free technology.

When I first started at my institution one of our instructors was heavily using google glass. He was mostly doing so to record his lectures and to take images from the things he was seeing and experiencing. Socially it was great because it was an innovative idea and an innovative piece of software. However, it was a bit too much for our campus culture, so the faculty member is known as an outlier in the campus culture surrounding technology.

From my experience in looking at google glass and some of the benifits that this technology could have, well there are some pretty intersting things out there. One of the coolest things i have ever seen with google glass was a viola player play his instrument and record it on google glass. https://youtu.be/jwAAR4-nuqE and then with wine glasses https://youtu.be/KOfSqhHkfyc  Another area where google glass has come into play is medical doctors who used it in operating rooms. https://youtu.be/YZtNO2OnSqY

The prediction of how long these items will be around until another emergent technology or disruptive technology replaces it doesn’t need to be a prediction anymore. These items have been shelfed for other projects. While google glass claims that it will be re released in another variation, I am not sure how traditional to the original google glass that will be.

My prediction is that the new google glass that may come out will look very similar to the Oculus VR. Oculus already provides the same types of experiences of music, environmental factors, operating rooms, it is all being programmed for VR devices. Even Facebook at F8 gave all the developers there Oculus devices so they could experience VR and program for it. Facebook is planning on VR being the hip thing in about 10 years.  

It is going to be a constant, this aspect of disruptive technologies. However the skill that needs to be taught is for how a user can evaluate the technology to see if it’s sustainable and right for their use. The harder the disruption due to media sensation, the more certain the product will eventually falter in popularity if the structure and support for the technology isn’t built by the company.
Disruptive innovation. (2016). Wikipedia. Retrieved 22 April 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disruptive_innovation


Wearable technology. Is it all just smart watches? It’s actually not. There is a whole new world coming to wearable technology. Most of it has been in the professional fitness or military functions before hitting mainstream consumers.

picture of fitbit on wrist

This is my personal Fitbit Charge HR. I also use it as my medical alert bracelet.

First off, wearable smart watches, health monitors, etc. They all came from the ability to track ones heart rate. At first it was difficult and frustrating to wear a heart monitor. It was also difficult to track the mileage and where you ran for a running journal. So those items started to be coupled together. My ironman timex GPS watch sits dutifully on my desk in my office.

I’ve moved upwards to a fitbit charge HR. I wanted my heart rate to be tracked along with my sleep patterns and daily steps. Using a fitbit was something much less intimidating than a GPS watch, so it made it easier for the average consumer to be comfortable with. Now there are several kinds that you can choose to wear. Many that are not just focused on fitness but that also focus on connecting your phone, email, text messages, etc. It is something that comes with a bit of backlash. It begs the question why do we need to be so connected to technology.

Perhaps it’s because of items like those listed in the NY Times article  “They hope their young participants will be more comfortable telling a faceless app about personal health matters — a slump of depression, gross blood clots, irritated bowels — than telling a doctor. And it’s not just teenagers; most of us are willing to be much more honest with our phones than with professionals, or even with our spouses and partners. We look up weird symptoms and humiliating questions on Google with the same ease that we search for the name of a vaguely familiar character actor. For many of us, our smartphones have become extensions of our brains — we outsource essential cognitive functions, like memory, to them, which means they soak up much more information than we realize. When we hand over this information willingly, the effect is even greater.” (Wortham)

Now when we are looking at wearable technology, we are looking at more than just smart watches. Take the athos clothing line. It is a clothing line where each item has the ability to connect to the wearer by adding a tech dongle to the clothing itself. This clothing then becomes the technology and focuses in on what muscles are being fired off during exercise and it you have worked them to a sufficient limit.

What about the future of wearable technology. In looking at older wearables you can take something like a diabetes insulin pump that is worn outside of the body and attached through tubing and is monitoring the individual’s glucose levels and just pass it off as something that looks like a pager from 1992 (I make jokes with my friend about it all the time). However, then a new format of wearable technology comes to light such as the diabetes skin patch that is checking the level of glucose from a user’s sweat and seeing if they need an insulin injection. If they do then it is disbursed right there through the wearable skin patch. No skin prick, no test strip, no injection pen. It’s all there happening in one piece of wearable technology.



Lee, Hyunjae et al. “A Graphene-Based Electrochemical Device With Thermoresponsive Microneedles For Diabetes Monitoring And Therapy”. Nature Nanotech (2016): n. pag. Web. 24 Mar. 2016. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601064/controlling-diabetes-with-a-skin-patch/

WAXENBERG, JAKE. N.p., 2016. Web. 24 Mar. 2016. https://www.liveathos.com/products

Wortham, Jenna. “We’Re More Honest With Our Phones Than With Our Doctors”. Nytimes.com. N.p., 2016. Web. 24 Mar. 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/27/magazine/were-more-honest-with-our-phones-than-with-our-doctors.html?_r=0

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