A few years ago I had the pleasure to work with Yves Behar at fuseproject. He was the designer for the One Laptop per Child laptop and then the tablet (the project I lead). Yves has many talents, as would be expected from a world class designer, but what I always noticed was his unwavering focus on understanding the customer.
This story from the fuseproject blog, "On Crafting Wearability", makes the customer focus clear. I inserted the bold to show the insights about the customer in the reprint of the story below.
"Wearables represent an immensely excited and daunting design challenge. There are very few things, let alone electronic devices, that we wear on our bodies 24/7. In fact, we entered wearables because we felt that, in addition to our technological assets, the key to true success would be creating something inspired and unique -- something you would love to wear. Delivering on these principles is not easy. It takes time, commitment, invention; these combined with great engineering and never tried before manufacturing methods has led to a new collection of UP2 and UP3 offerings.
UP2, already the slimmest and lightest wearable on the market, has been reimagined with a new style strap, making it look even smaller on the wrist. The rope-like TPSIV rubber band with a polished metal hook is a new style that is extraordinarily comfortable and graceful. The open strap gives more breathability on the wrist, while looking complementary next to a watch or jewelry."
Would you have researched wearables well enough to draw the insights bolded above? I particularly like the insight about the wearable looking good with a watch or bracelet.