Alongside the The Universe, The Core and the Wearables Lab, another feature of the programme is The Research Library. As an academic institution Ravensbourne wanted to surface and connect any current research emerging in the wearables space and we are glad to bring the rigour and depth of academic work together with the content from other sessions at the event. The following provocation was sent out back in October in a call for papers:
“The fashion, technology, design and anthropology fields are converging in order to seek an aesthetic for wearable computing and smart materials. As Cho comments, “it is necessary to embed electronic functions in textiles so that both electronic functionality and textile characteristics are retained…combining wearable technology and clothing/textile science is essential to achieve smart clothing for real wearability” (Cho 2010).
We propose, furthermore, that the future of wearable technology and smart materials will centre on the effective assimilation of need, functionality, accessibility and desirability. Achievements to date are formidable but further collaborative work is required to make wearable technology and smart materials part of our everyday lives.
We therefore call for papers that demonstrate collaborative working across the fields of design, fashion, engineering and technology. Furthermore we would like to invite studies, which demonstrate how collaborative working is applied to the fields of smart materials and wearable technology, specifically in order to meet the needs of the future consumer.”
The areas that we were particularly interested in surfacing research for were:
– User-centered design or ethnography in the field of wearable computing
– Garments and accessories that embed computational devices of any kind
– Intelligent fabrics.
– The embedding of geo-location in garments or other wearable items
– Future health monitoring technology integrated into clothing
– 3D digital printing as a manufacturing alternative to Cut, Make, and Trim (CMT).
– The use of wearable technologies and smart materials for future cities
The Research Library will be running on Day 2 (Wednesday 11th December) and the sessions and themes are below.
TOWARDS AN AESTHETIC FOR WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES
Panel Chair: Caroline Gilbey
What are wearable technologies, in which sectors will we see wearable devices; this is the case of technology and aesthetics. The role of arts, designers and fashion.
Wearable e-noses for health & wellbeing: Exploring and probing a real user-need. Lifelogging and data collection to inform the creation of wearable technology. Ethnographic Action Research within the Quantified Self community
TEXTILES AND TECHNOLOGY
Panel Chair: Dr Rosemary Stott
Weaving conductive textiles to create dynamic interactive works that when touched activate sounds within audio textile installations, & weaving conductive textiles that are printed with thermo-chromic inks and activated through bespoke printed circuits.
Woven electronic textile design: An integrated, design-led approach.
Unpicking: Historical re-fashioning skills, digital technology and the design and construction of contemporary clothing. The examination of historical garments through the embedding of embroidered QR codes in order to track the history of clothing and other information, in order to assist both the sustainability and application of technologies.
Panel Chair: Professor Lizzie Jackson
Jane McCann, Researcher
Design for Ageing Well: An approach to clothing layering for active aging.
Corelli College/David Holloway
Corelli College School students demonstrate their ultimate school uniforms, and how they have embedded computing within those garments.
More information about all of the speakers can be seen on their bios on our speakers pages.