Perspectives on the Acceptance and Social Implications of Smart Glasses: A Qualitative Focus Group Study in Healthcare

Niek Zuidhof, Somaya Ben Allouch, Oscar Peters, Peter-Paul Verbeek

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Abstract

Smart glasses were perceived to be potentially revolutionary for healthcare, however, there is only limited research on the acceptance and social implications of smart glasses in healthcare. This study aims to get a better insight into the theoretical foundations and the purpose was to identify themes regarding adoption, mediation, and the use of smart glasses from the perspective of healthcare professionals. A qualitative research design with focus groups was used to collect data. Three focus groups with 22 participants were conducted. Data were analyzed using content analysis. Our analysis revealed six overarching themes related to the anticipated adoption of smart glasses: knowledge, innovativeness, use cases, ethical issues, persuasion, and attitude. Nine themes were found related to anticipated mediation and use of smart glasses: attention, emotions, social influences, design, context, camera use, risks, comparisons to known products, and expected reaction and might influence the acceptance of smart glasses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
JournalInternational Journal of Human–Computer Interaction
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Aug 2022

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