Digital Anthropology?


Cyborg Anthropology?

Cyber Anthropology?

What do all these means?

We’ll address each of those “-ology’s” I listed above in our journey, but I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

Im Joseph A. “Joe” Evans, a technoarchaeologist at the University of South Florida (Conveniently Placed Department Bio Link!), and Im very excited to launch anthropologythroughglass.wordpress.com!  I was recently invited to become a part of Google’s #GlassExplorer program and became the first archaeologist/anthropologist to do so (although I’m joined by some amazing archaeological additions) and I thought this blog could be the perfect platform for getting any of the resources I discover out to folks who might need them or want to try them. Basically I’ll be bringing my archaeological experience and a front-row seat to the types and kinds of projects that I do and posting as much as I can (legally and ethically, mind you) to this blog, so stay tuned. I have to thank the amazing folks at Silica Labs for creating their amazing Glassware application, Wanderbee, which will allow me to live blog directly from Glass!

Now get your whips, fedoras, and laptops ready for some technoarchaeology!

In case you’re wondering, my research primarily focuses on emerging technologies and methods developed for industries and sectors outside of anthropology or archaeology and their viability as solutions to our challenges. I explore what was, what is, and what could be.

My opinions are my own and does not reflect the opinions of USF or USF_AIST.  

#Technoarchaeologist #GlassExplorer #DigitalAnthropologist and#AppliedAnthroArchaeology PhD grad at University of South Florida.


3 thoughts on “About

    Alex Reppe said:
    April 2, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Hello, my name is Alex Reppe and I was just accepted to “Test” Google Glass. I am currently an anthropology major at the University of Rhode Island and I was wondering if there is any aspects of Google Glass that can be applied to anthropological methods. I found the idea of using Glass for observing methods could have great application but I wasn’t sure. Let me know what you think.


      Joseph responded:
      April 2, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Hi Alex! Thanks for your comment!

      Yes, I believe there are a lot of aspects of Glass that could be applied to anthropological methods (other than archaeology). Glass certainly can be used for ethnographic documentation, interpretation, agency and identity, and more. These are all aspects of digital archaeology and wearables that I’m currently researching, so forgive me if this glog isnt as robust as it could be (yet).

        Alex Reppe said:
        April 3, 2014 at 1:42 pm

        Thanks for the quick response! I was wondering…does Glass detect motion? If I were doing observation, could I encode hand signals into Glass to have different meanings? For instance, let’s pretend we are observing lemurs and my thesis is let’s say…”Eating habits of lemurs in the wild.” Before we go into the field, we encode all of the different possibilities through hand signals and when we are doing observation, all we have to do is perform a certain hand signal to document a certain action.

        Or if we are at the zoo observing 5 primates. I want to know “who eats first” when they get fed. I encode into Glass symbols for each primate(so probably holding up 1 finger for primate number 1, 2 fingers for primate number 2 and so on…) and encode symbols for the different options of food. So, in theory, when the zookeepers feed the primates, all I have to do is: 1. Show a number that represents what primate ate first and 2. Show a symbol that represents what food item they ate.

        Or could I set up a “hand-free” questionnaire using Glass?

        I see the clear potential in Glass, I just don’t understand the limitations yet.

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