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The Smart Fabrics Conference, taking place April 23-25, is one my favorite wearable technology conferences to attend. From hands-on DIY workshops to insightful talks on how to get your product to market, Smart Fabrics offers a great discussion on where the wearable technology industry is today and wear it’s headed.
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Some highlights for 2014 conference:
Ivan Poupyrev, Principle Research Scientist, Walt Disney Imagineering
Dr. Ivan Poupyrev is a Principle Research Scientist at the Walt Disney Company, where he directs an Interactive Technology Group in the Disney Research Pittsburgh laboratory which is tasked with dreaming up and developing future technologies for Disney parks, resorts, and cruises. His research focuses on inventing new technologies and interaction paradigms that seamlessly blend digital and physical interactivity in devices, everyday objects, and living environments on a very large scale. His research and innovations span…
Posted on March 11, 2014 at 11:39am
For all of you trekking out to Austin today, there is a lot going on this year around wearable technology. Check out my list of talks and events not to be missed. Also if you are in Austin, please say “hi” and ping me on Twitter @fashioningtech.
See you in Austin!
Posted on March 7, 2014 at 8:00am
With Intel’s announcement of a collaboration with Opening Ceremony and Fitbit partnering with Tory Burch, the tech industry has been reaching out to the fashion industry to help transform their wearable gadgets into something a bit more fashionable. Outside of Cute Circuit, who debuted their first haute tech collection at NYFW this year, most of the fashion industry has yet to embrace — even explore — wearable technology.
The exception this year was Swiss fashion house Akris, led by designer Albert Kriemler, who sent an illuminated coat, pants and three dresses down the runway.
The collection itself was inspired by German artist Thomas Ruff’s work “Stars,” “Nights” and “ma.r.s.”…Continue
Posted on March 4, 2014 at 7:30am
One of the primary functions of clothing is the regulation of body temperature. Traditionally we layer on clothes as the temperature drops but the acting of dressing and undressing as we move from outdoors to indoors is quite cumbersome.
We’ve mastered garments that keep our bodies warm but wearables that keep us cool are more difficult to come by. Do sweat-wicking performance wear actually work?
Adaptive Survival Clothing by Jacqueline Nanne is early stage smart textile experiments that aim at creating clothing that adapts body temperature. The textiles are designed with kinetic pores that open and close. Nitinol, a smart memory alloy, is used to actuate the textiles.
Follow the development of the project here.
Posted on February 28, 2014 at 1:47pm