Dec 072014


It is acknowledgeable that throughout human history, people have always recognized and maintained a sense of privacy. Nestled betwixt a plethora of issues facing this realization is the idea that there does not exist a single and precise definition of what exactly privacy constitutes. Dated research (circa 1881) presented an oversimplified yet often quoted idea that privacy was the “right to be let alone” (Craven Jr, 1979). It wasn’t until a few years later that the idea that privacy deserved legal protection began to circulate, spawning mass intellectual debates on the issue. Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis produced a highly influential essay in Harvard Law Review in 1890 that introduced the fundamental principle that “the individual shall have full protection in person and in property… it is our purpose to consider whether the existing law affords a principle which can properly be invoked to protect the privacy of the individual; and, if it does, what the nature and extent of such protection is” (p. 37). In American society, as well as other western cultures, one of the most clear cut and expected notions of privacy involves the ability to control exposure of one’s body (Konvitz, 1966). The author discusses how culturally we are made to believe that being naked is something to be seen as shameful (as passages from the bible give way to this), and we have a right to not be exposed without or consent. While this project doesn’t focus on the distribution of anything pertaining to a violation of someone’s right to maintain privacy of their naked body, it does touch on having a right to not be publicly displayed to others, whether it be in concern to their body, clothing, etc., within certain public or private spheres without their consent. In discussing video voyeurism, Lance Rothenberg said, “The failure of criminal law to recognize a legitimate expectation of privacy in the public space tacitly grants the video voyeur a license to act with impunity, and leaves victims with little or no recourse” (2011, p. 1146). Voyeurism in this case is the action of spying on persons engaged in intimate behavior, such as undressing or other sexual activity considered to be private nature.

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Sep 152014

Navigate Urban Way-finding Jacket:
A Sense of Style and Direction

By: Kassiopia Jackson

Blonde woman wearing pink jacket, holding up a mobile phone

The Navigate Jacket with the Companion App. Via

What comes to mind when you think about wearable technology? The Samsung watch? Google glass? If you can’t think of much of anything else, don’t worry. It isn’t from a lack of trying, but from a lack of exposure. I bet if you were to go out on the street and ask someone about wearable technology, they would probably bring up the same two things. Wearable Experiments is on a mission to change how we perceive wearable technology.

Earlier this year, Wearable Experiments created the NAVIGATE jacket. The NAVIGATE jacket is a fashion staple which doubles as a map so the wearer can navigate their physical environment. According to Billie Whitehouse, co-founder of Wearable Experiments, the NAVIGATE jacket removes the navigation from the hands of the user and gives the wearer their eyes back.

The way the NAVIGATE jacket works is simple. Prior to wearing the jacket out, you would have to download the companion app. On this app you would have several destinations saved. From your list of hot spots around town, you would select one destination and the app would download the destination information to the NAVIGATE jacket. Now we get to the good part.

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Feb 242014

You know you’ve hit the big time when the television show The Simpsons is covering your product.  This past week the Simpsons did a spoof on Google Glass.  One of the funniest lines is when Homer takes off his glasses and screams, “oh, reality!”  Now, on a serious note Marge, the mother in the show, ends up wearing the glasses and Homer has a chance to secretly watch her.  He does (I’m not giving anything away here).  The show brings up the idea of what is public and what is private in a clever way.  Check it out!