Fitness Bands for Christmahanakwanzika*? Ponder the L10n

Fitness bands and devices are massively popular (I am a major offender), but that may come under pressure from other wearable tech soon (translation: smart watches). Perhaps one of those little devices will turn up as a gift for you around this time of year.

I just noticed this Fitbit gamification badge pop up in my email. Very nice to be encouraged sure, but I am not so sure that this really reflects what Africa is about. You may have a view about this. Find the comments, if so.

Fitbit Gamification Badge for Achieving 8,000 KMs. More to Africa than monkeys and bannanas.
Fitbit gamification badge for achieving 8,000 KMs. More to Africa than monkeys and bananas.

Perhaps, the topic of wearable technology and the localization of its various components and methods will be one for 2015’s conferences, blogs, articles, and so on.

* Christmas, Hannukkah, Kwanzaa (aka Christmahanakwanzika), or as we say in Ireland, “whatever you’re havin’ yourself”.

Ultan Ó Broin
Ultan Ó Broin (@localization), is an independent UX consultant. With three decades of UX and L10n experience and outreach, he specializes in helping people ensure their global digital transformation makes sense culturally and also reflects how users behave locally. Any views expressed are his own. Especially the ones you agree with.


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