Super strength, super hearing, super vision and super connection. Wearable technology may soon give humans superpowers.
Imagine being able to run without getting tired. Or travel to the moon to observe Earth for science class. The technologies that could make these things possible are mixing into our lives faster than we realize. The stakes are high. In Superpower?: The Wearable-Tech Revolution, young readers will discover how technological innovation can help people survive and thrive.
But what if super strength results in endless work? What if hackers can read our thoughts? What if living in a virtual world affects our humanity? The book asks readers to question the pros and cons of technology and consider if innovation can go too far. Meet the inventors, designers, engineers, scientists and young people navigating the next tech frontier.
About the authors
Elaine Kachala is a health-policy researcher, writer and adviser. She has over 20 years of writing experience with health agencies. Superpower? The Wearable-Tech Revolution is her first book. She’s curious and hopeful but can’t help being a little worried about how wearables will impact our health, well-being and equity. With degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Toronto and a master of environmental studies from York University, she brings a unique perspective to the topic. Elaine lives with her family in Toronto.
Belle Wuthrich is an illustrator and designer specializing in books for young readers. Based in Vancouver, Belle has contributed to more than a dozen books for kids, a number of which have won awards or been republished internationally, including the Montaigne Medal Award–winning Eyes and Spies: How You’re Tracked and Why You Should Know and the Silver Birch Award nominee Eat Up: An Infographic Exploration of Food.
- Nominated, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books - Middle Grade
- Nominated, Young Readers' Choice Book Awards of British Columbia (YRCABC) Red Cedar Book Awards
- Commended, Children’s Book Council Best STEM Books List
- Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
“Gobsmackingly good!...If you and your kids read one nonfiction book this year, this should be it.”
Great Books for Kids Reviewed by Michelle Marcotte
“An accessible introduction to a complex topic…A valuable read for anyone seeing to better understand wearable technology.”
Canadian Children's Book News
“A readable guide for valuable information...Kachala presents the information skillfully for her target audience. Fun illustrations and photographs are scattered throughout the book to support the text.”
School Library Journal
“This book showcases past and present examples on how technological innovation has helped people thrive in our daily life accompanied by beautiful illustrations and questions on ethical issues on technology use... The Best STEM Books emphasize real-world issues that cross disciplinary boundaries.”
CBC/NSTA Best STEM Books Committee
“Full of information that tech savvy kids will love to explore.”
The International Educator
“Even non-techies will be hooked, especially since the endless possibilities of wearable technology are definitely scope for the imagination.”
“Will help kids discover not only how electronic wearables can help people survive and thrive, but also the challenges and ethics surrounding this next tech frontier.”
Other titles by Belle Wuthrich
Be a Nature Explorer!
Outdoor Activities and Adventures
Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World
Urgent Message from a Hot Planet
Navigating the Climate Crisis
It Takes Guts
How Your Body Turns Food Into Fuel (and Poop)
The Disability Experience
Working Toward Belonging
Changing Minds on Mental Health
Choosing to Live, Choosing to Die
The Complexities of Assisted Dying
An Infographic Exploration of Food
Eyes and Spies
How You're Tracked and Why You Should Know
A Visual Exploration