Public Lecture – Wearable Technology: The edge of the BOOM! – Part 1

To launch the 4th edition of IMPACT @ Griffith Sciences public lecture was held at the Brisbane Square Library. Dr David Rowlands, Deputy Director of Griffith’s Sports and Biomedical Engineering Lab, SABEL, gave the keynote lecture discussing the emergence of wearable technology over the last 10 years, from the realm of elite athletes to a mass consumer product. In a wide ranging discussion he delved into how wearable technology works and how the shrinking of sensors and the coupling of smart devices has set the scene for an explosion of technologies in the next five years. Dr Rowlands presentation is PART 1.


Lastly Dr Rowlands will introduce our special guest Judd Armstrong, CEO of Jaybird, to present SABEL labs’ involvement with the new leading edge activity tracker the Jaybird Reign to be launched in Australia in 2015. Ranking #8 just behind Go-Pro for fastest growing consumer brand over $20 million in revenue, Jaybird is a leading edge technology company and Judd is perfectly situated to give his industry perspective on the future of wearable technology. Mr Armstrong’s presentation is PART 2.

Dr David Rowlands Deputy Director of Griffith's SABEL Labs
Dr David Rowlands Deputy Director of Griffith’s SABEL Labs

Dr David Rowlands is the Deputy Director of SABEL and has been involved in sports and biomedical research for the last 10 years with his areas of interest including sports technology, biomedical technology, and ubiquitous/wearable computing. His research has been applied to sports such as tennis, cricket, AFL, swimming, running, and soccer to monitor athletes with the purpose of developing training aids to improve performance.

SABEL is an enterprise and research laboratory at Griffith University in Brisbane. The lab has extensive experience in developing wearable technologies to enhance sports performance, as tools for health and in providing R&D services to the professional sports and consumer industries.