History tells us: we need wearable technology heroes
In a crisp presentation, Dan Eisenhardt reminds us that vanity is a powerful force that prevents full technology adoption, slows the pace of change and holds us back from reaching our maximum potential. Recorded at TEDxVancouver at Rogers Arena on November 14, 2015.
Getting a new piece of technology from the drawing board to mass adoption takes a lot of hard work. Dan Eisenhardt learned this lesson firsthand. As the co-founder of smart eyewear pioneer Recon Instruments, he brought the first consumer heads-up display to market in 2010. In doing so, he turned a technology once reserved for the military into an affordable solution for sports.
Prior to founding Recon in 2008, Dan built up a skillset in biotechnology and management consulting. He also swam competitively at an international level, both in his native Denmark and in the United States. His athletic background was a key inspiration for the founding of Recon, and he remains a passionate swimmer, cyclist, and snowboarder.
In 2015, Recon was acquired by Intel. Today, as an executive in Intel’s New Devices Group, Dan continues to lead the Recon team and to play a pivotal role in the evolution of wearable devices. He believes that the next generation of wearable technology shows enormous promise to transform our lives in profound ways, but distinct challenges loom ahead, and not all of them are technical.