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Ambient Learning, Wearable Computing, Social Networks, Ubiquitous Computing, Human Relationships
iBand is a technology-enhanced bracelet that can store, display, and exchange information about you and your relationships. With iBand information is exchanged during a handshake. iBand aims to explore the potential of wearable technologies in transforming people's relationship to information.
Initial meetings and introductions mark the first moments of building new relationships. In many cultures, a form of physical interaction (a handshake, a kiss, a bow, a hug, etc.) is an integral part of this process. However, these important moments can be awkward or forgotten. iBand is a prototype of a wearable device to help people manage information gained during these interactions.
People shaking hands with the iBand
Karen and Rob meet each other for the first time. Both are wearing iBands. They introduce themselves to each other as they shake hands. Small lights flash on their iBands, indicating that an information exchange (name, email, photo, bio, etc.) has occurred. After some initial small talk, a lull in the conversation occurs. Rob glances discretely at his iBand display, which indicates that he earlier met a friend of Karen's named Catherine. He remembers the conversation he had with her and mentions it to Karen who is interested in hearing about it. After the meeting, Karen forgets RobČüfs name, but receives a quick reminder when she looks down at the display on her iBand that recalls the names of the last ten people she shook hands with. Rob, meanwhile, uploads the contacts he has collected on his iBand and emails them to his business development team.
The user designs their personal logo to be displayed on other iBands
 Kanis, M., Winters, N., Agamanolis, S., Gavin, A. and Cullinan, C. (2005). Toward Wearable Social Networking with iBand. In CHI 2005 Extended Abstracts, Portland, Oregon, USA.
 Kanis, M., Winters, N. and Agamanolis, S., Cullinan, C. and Gavin, A. (2004). iBand: A Wearable Device for Handshake-augmented Interpersonal Information Exchange. Adjunct Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, Nottingham, U.K.
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