doppel Co-Founder Dr Fotini Markopoulou to speak at Wear Boston, will argue that “Wearables must go beyond monitoring to be truly useful”

Press release

London, United Kingdom. May 23, 2016. doppel Co-Founder and former theoretical physicist Dr Fotini Markopoulou will speak at Wear Boston on Wednesday 25 May. The title of her talk is “Wearables must go beyond monitoring to be truly useful.”

Smartwatches and fitness trackers promise so much for our health and wellness. But Fotini will ask why so many end up in a drawer? She'll argue that this is because wearables are focused on serving us with data, but that we don’t process data, we process experiences.

The technology revolution in measuring and collecting data about our life, habits and environment is only part of the story. It provides the raw material for constructing experiences but cannot provide the experience itself. 

This requires technologies that can affect our feelings. 

Commenting, Fotini said:

“Recent research in interoception, the sense of the physiological condition of the body, tells us that physiological body states hold the key to our feelings and experience. At doppel, we this research to create technology to naturally change how you feel, think and behave.
“Our first wristband works with your body’s natural response to rhythm to keep you calm and focused. You don’t need to see a graph or download your data for it to change your day.”

Fotini will argue that to stay on our bodies, wearable technologies need to interact with the body as well as our minds.  They need to go beyond reading data from our body and actively affect it, with very little effort for the user, and in ways that your smartphone can’t reproduce.

About Fotini

Fotini Markopoulou is a hardware tech designer and theoretical physicist. She is co-founder of doppel, a wearable tech company that uses cutting-edge research in psychophysiology, the study of how the mind and body affect one-another, to create technology that changes how we perceive, feel, and behave.

Prior to doppel, Fotini was a founding member and faculty at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada, one of the premier institutes on the frontiers of theoretical physics. She has been a visiting professor at MIT and the Santa Fe Institute, as well as Humboldt fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Berlin.

Her work in physics focuses on quantum cosmology, complex systems and networks.  Her design work is on the interface between systems design and personal experience.

About doppel

doppel is wearable technology that works with your body’s natural response to rhythm to change how you feel.

You feel doppel’s heartbeat on the inside of your wrist. Like listening to music, a fast rhythm helps you to feel more alert, a slower rhythm is calming. This heartbeat is created using a small motor (like the one in your mobile phone). It vibrates silently to create a ‘lub dub’ sensation. No noise means no distraction so you can get on with your day.

doppel's award-winning technology has been independently shown to improve focus in tests run by experts at Royal Holloway University of London. It’s also been trialled by hundreds of people who have used it in a wide range of situations such as to focus at work, to stay calm in stressful situations, and to set a pace while exercising.

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Get in touch to try doppel

The team will be in Boston from May 24 to May 26. Get in touch via, @doppelLDN, or to try doppel for yourself.