Sean Munson

Winter 2021

Speculating the Future of Sports Technology (Winter-Spring 2021)

This DRG is full for winter and no longer accepting applications.

Led by: 

  • Sam Kolovson, PhD student, HCDE
  • With guidance from faculty adviser, Sean Munson, HCDE, and input and critique from other students and faculty with relevant experience


  • Seeking 4-6 HCDE/Art/Design students who will work with Sam and 6 student-athletes.
  • Open to BS, MS, or PhD students.
  • Preferred experience: We are looking for students with experience in one or more of the following: design, art, storytelling, cinematography, and video editing. 


We will create three short videos to provoke discussion around the future of tracking and data collection in sports. Through a research method called Speculative Design we will aim to get student-athletes, coaches, and staff at universities in the US as well as the wider collegiate athletic community to think about what they want (or don't want) from sports tracking technologies.

Videos might raise questions such as:

  • Should coaches have access to their athletes’ sleep data?
  • Should we design a device to collect a detailed caloric breakdown of every meal an athlete eats? 
  • What about swallowing or installing a sensor under an athlete’s skin to track exertion? Hydration?


  • An example of a video we might create is this project titled "Uninvited Guests" that is intended to provoke reflection and discussion about whether using tracking devices for remote health monitoring: Example here.
  • A pop culture example of the narrative we might strive for is the movie Her.

What students will do

Throughout the duration of the DRG, students will be introduced to relevant research methods and design skills read through literature, films, and other media. We may also discuss proper execution of these methods and skills during our meetings.

  • Winter 2021: Students will be directly involved with developing original ideas, creating storyboards (narratives for the videos), and designing possible futuristic technology prototypes to appear in the videos.
  • Spring 2021: Working in teams, students will develop the script for the videos, recruit actors, plan out how to create the videos, and shoot the videos (ideally, in-person, socially distanced, but we will adjust our plans for COVID-19 safety).


  • Participate in BOTH winter and spring quarters 2021.
  • Attend our 2-hour meeting each week, time TBD.
  • Work 4-6 hours outside of the class meeting.
  • Register for 2-3 credits of HCDE 496/596.

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