For centuries, people have chosen their clothing as a statement of culture, self-expression and values. What we wear defines who we are and what we believe in. With the integration of sensory technology into our clothing and accessories, we have new avenues to communicate our thoughts, feelings and internal mechanisms. Exploring both the value and the aesthetics of the actuation of this data will revolutionize the future of communication through fashion, design and technology.
Culturally, we have established the need and use for the data collected from biosensing devices but we have just begun to explore the aesthetic applications of this information. This workshop is designed to get you started in the world of e-textiles. It will explore the use of wearable computing using the Lilypad Simple Board with other LilyPad components like a buzzer, a vibration motor, LEDs, a button, a switch, a light sensor, and a temperature sensor.
During this intensive workshop, participants will critically evaluate the WHY of wearables as they explore creative solutions that they will prototype. We will provide examples of various projects for the participants to engage with and be inspired by. Participants will critically discuss various applications of wearable technology and tie these actuations to the functions of various biosensors.
From a design perspective, the most important thing we bring to the innovation loop is the drive to create, make, build, produce beautiful, useful and functional objects. We will look at both the BEAUTY of the objects we are making as well as the WHY we are making them.
To experiment with and gain understanding of wearable technology and e-textiles.
Wearable technology pieces combining craft, technology and aesthetics