Day 2 | Tuesday, June 13, 2017

WEAR 2017 | Day 2

WEAR 2017 | Conference Day 2

  1. Welcome & Opening Remarks

Session I: Fashion and Tech: What’s Next

  1. Panel Discussion: Wearable, Patchable and Implantable

    Dr. Patrick Kramer | Founder of Digiwell - upgrading people

  2. Talk From Facebook

    Alicia Berry, Product Manager for Oculus VR, Facebook

  3. Fashion & Tech under Trump: How the Obama Administration laid the ground work in Fashion Tech Policy, and what's on the road ahead.

    Vikrum Aiyer | Senior advisor for innovation and manufacturing policy in The White House National Economic Council of President Obama's Administration

    This talk will highlight how companies should new product development in the smart fabrics/revolutionary textile space, and how IP policy or trade policy could affect the sector as the "Internet of Things" increasingly gets regulated. It will also highlight plans/efforts of the last Administration vs the current Administration, and sift through answers that may be of interest to the audience, including: 


    • What are the limits to data capture as it relates to privacy in a more intelligent world? 
    • How might IoT companies be impacted by recent security failures in IoT? 
    • What is missing in the IoT landscape that is on the radar of the Department of Commerce or the White House?
  4. The Transformational Future of Wearable Devices and Experiences

    Dan Ledger | Founder of Path Collaborative

    We are still in the very early days of wearable technology. The wearable devices and experiences that will emerge over the next 5-10 years will be transformative and offer the promise to help people live happier, healthier lives and reduce the cost of healthcare.  Innovations in sensor and component technology, behavioral science and artificial intelligence are driving this transformation. Creative companies are leveraging these innovations to develop radical new approaches that weren't possible and/or economical even a few years ago. This session will present a view of where we are today with wearable technology, where we're headed, and provide a pragmatic look at the biggest challenges we face, and how we might solve them.       

  5. Morning Networking Break

Session II: Wearables for Sports

  1. What Wearables can do for Professional Sports

    Boden Westover | Director of Marketing of Catapult

    Catapult enlightens sport with scientifically-validated analytics, obtained with the most advanced wearable technology in the world. With over 1100 elite teams using the technology to mitigate the risk of injury, assess readiness for competition, and quantify return to play, Catapult is making strategic moves to own the entire elite athlete performance enhancing technology platform. Catapult's Director of Marketing, Boden Westover, will explain how the company started, how teams are using the technology to keep star players in uniform, and where wearables in elite sport are going.

  2. Smart Coaching with Biomechanics – Leveraging the Power of Accelerometers

    Christophe Ramstein | CEO of Myotest

    This talk will demonstrate the next generation in sports wearables for runners.  Going beyond GPS and Heart Rate monitors, Ramstein will  demonstrate  how advanced software algorithms can capture data from accelerometers found in everyday wearables,  to deliver a powerful,  personalized smart coaching service  based on a runner's own unique physiology.   By aggregating basic running data such as step count, distance and speed with Biomechanics data, a Smart Coaching service can provide  runtime feedback on speed, cadence, stride length and power levels needed to achieve a running goal. With the power of biomechanics and a personalized Smart Coach, runners can achieve their performance goals confidently, improve their efficiency, and select the right shoes.

  3. Physiological Analytics for Elite Sports and Beyond

    Dr. Joni Kettunen, CEO, First Beat

    In this session, Joni Kettunen, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Firstbeat delivers insight into the physiological analytics being used in today’s most advanced sports wearables. He reveals how the ability to automatically detect user fitness levels unlocks a wealth of opportunity for personalized training and precise exercise prescription. He will also describe how physical activity is being quantified in terms its impact on future fitness levels and the key role this plays in ensuring a balanced approach to matters of recovery. An emphasis will be placed on the provision of scientifically grounded feedback in presented in actionable form. The conversation will conclude with a description of how analytics created for elites sports applications have made their way into wearables designed for fitness enthusiasts and daily life alike. The result is a wearables enabled path towards healthier, happier, more productive lives.

  4. Networking Lunch

Smart Fabrics Track

Session III: Tech for Mass Customization: The personalization of smart fabrics and wearables

  1. Knitting your own Sweater

    Stacey Burr | VP General Manager, Digital Sport of adidas

    Adidas’ store, dubbed Knit for You, is part of the research project ‘Storefactory’, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. The store concept is based on a digitalized purchase from the beginning to the end and can directly integrate customer feedback. Becoming part of the creation process and receiving a customized sweater directly in the store is a nice experience. However, this talk will also address questions as to if the concept will be suitable for a broader range of customers and will be able to compete with discounters

  2. The Evolution from Static-3D Scanning

    Chris Lane | CEO of 3dMD

    With the increasingly rapid-pace developments in Materials Science and communication platforms, today’s manufacturers have the opportunity to revolutionize our wardrobe from pairing solitary garments together to wearing an interactive ensemble of clothing (and accessories) that enhances, and possibly improves, a person’s every-day experience in the world. These advancements are challenging the well-established supply chain status quo to rethink generic apparel design based on an aggregation of fit models (mannequins).


    To move forward it will be vital for manufacturers to better understand and quantify anatomical shape to submillimeter precision from a functional standpoint as individuals move through their daily routines. My talk will chart 3dMD’s voyage of discovery from our early pioneer work imaging young children to support 3D surgical and treatment planning to our development of the world’s most sophisticated dense temporal-3D motion capture devices now being used to by leading manufacturers, teaching hospitals, and research institutions worldwide to document shape and update our understanding of shape change through human dynamics.

    My goal is to document 3dMD’s voyage with case studies and examples to further stimulate the imagination on just what can be achieved in this exciting period of industrial innovation. 

  3. Fashioning Apollo

    Nicholas de Monchaux | Associate Professor of Architecture & Urban Design of University of California, Berkeley

    When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface in July of 1969, they wore spacesuits made by Playtex: twenty-one layers of fabric, each with a distinct yet interrelated function, custom-sewn for them by seamstresses whose usual work was fashioning bras and girdles. This book is the story of that spacesuit. It is a story of the triumph over the military-industrial complex by the International Latex Corporation, best known by its consumer brand of "Playtex"—a victory of elegant softness over engineered hardness, of adaptation over cybernetics. The twenty-one-layer spacesuit offers an object lesson. It tells us about redundancy and interdependence and about the distinctions between natural and man-made complexity; it teaches us to know the virtues of adaptation and to see the future as a set of possibilities rather than a scripted scenario.

  4. Networking Break and Book Signing

Session VI: Sustainability Innovation

Sustainable Smart Fabrics are a challenge. This session will talk about how we can blend technology and sustainability (eco- friendly) together.

  1. Sustainability as a Constraint for Innovation

    Claudia Richardson | Leader, Materials Innovation Team of Patagonia

    Patagonia has made some very bold choices that have proven fruitful, with material innovation, including the re\\collection which includes 100% recycled down, polyester and wool.

  2. Recycling Cotton Garment Waste

    Stacy Flynn | Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Evrnu

    Evrnu purifies cotton garment waste, converts it to a pulp, and extrudes it as a pristine new fiber for the creation of premium textiles.  It is finer than silk and stronger than cotton.  Evrnu gives an upgrade to something we already need and want - beautiful clothing - with significantly less environmental impact compared to our best alternatives.  It is the first invention of its kind to be commercialized in the U.S.

  3. Panel: Recycling Electronic Waste in Fabrics

    Panelists include: University of Georgia, Western Michigan,

Wearable Technology Track

Session III: Working Wearables for Working People

Work wear translated to consumer wear

  1. Military

    Clare King, Propel LLC

    The military is also capitalizing on the functionality of wearables by using wrist-worn devices to keep track of soldier’s vital statistics such as heart rate or hydration levels. The military is even using monocular wearables to improve aim and provide soldiers a 360º view of the battlefield.

  2. Cruise Ships

    The cruise line company announced at CES 2017 on Wednesday plans to give passengers on board its ships high-tech wearable wristbands. Guests can use the device to unlock their room, purchase food and pay to play games such as blackjack.

    The wearable, which Carnival (CCL) calls a medallion, can also be worn as a pendant or necklace. It comes with aluminum bands and features a plastic covering the size of a quarter at its center. It includes the names of the guest and ship.

    Carnival will debut the technology on its Regal Princess ship in November. The medallions will come to two more in 2018 and eventually roll out to its entire fleet of 101 ships.

  3. Hospitals

    How are those in hospitals using wearables everyday

  4. Wearable Technology for First Responders. Ready or Not?

    Mark Mordecai, Director of Business Development, Globe Manufacturing Company, LLC

    The leading cause of line of duty deaths for firefighters is cardiac events.  Challenging environmental factors and a host of personal factors combine in complex ways particularly during and after fire suppression to trigger physiological responses that all too often lead to death or disability.  And the biggest fear of firefighters is not fighting the fire; it’s being unable to locate and rescue a downed team member.  Under these circumstances, wouldn’t you want to deploy physiological monitoring and location tracking on firefighters and other at risk emergency responders?  And with all our technology surrounding wearables, why doesn’t every fire department already use such a system?

    Globe Manufacturing Company has been developing a Wearable Advanced Sensor Platform – WASP – for 10 years and is the only company in the world today with a commercial physiological monitoring and location tracking system dedicated to serving the critical needs of public safety personnel.  Mark Mordecai who has led this project since inception will discuss the challenges and successes surrounding this effort and speak to the gaps that remain in order for it to achieve its full potential for users and to become a viable business for its owners.

  5. Panel: Q&A

  6. Networking Break

Session VI: The Need for Power

Devices can make life easier, but to do so, they need a power source. Adding more wearable features requires faster processing, and more power. And with tiny devices, comes tiny batteries that needs to last months or years, instead of days or hours.

  1. The Growing Reach of Wireless Power

    David Green | Research Manager for the Power Supplies & Wireless Power group of IHS Markit

    • What are the issues if you try to integrate WP?
    • Should it be considered?
  2. Powering the Smart Textile Revolution

    Michelle Farrington | Director of Energy Harvesting and Wireless Charging Strategy of Analog Devices

    Powering textile sensors and actuators can prove to be a significant challenge.  In this talk, we’ll dive into the alternate options of wireless charging and energy harvesting.  Applications for each technology will be discussed including power budgets for today’s solutions and projections for the sensors of tomorrow.  We will also talk about the ecosystem and infrastructure challenges that exist in providing power to smart textiles.

  3. Batteries/ flexible batteries

    Todd Peters | CEO of BrightVolt, Inc

    Solving the battery problem is crucial for wearable devices. Conventional batteries that fit the bill, such as lithium-ion coin cells, may be fine for sensors and other very low power wearable devices, but they struggle to keep up with the demands of more capable wearables such as fitness bands and smartwatches.

  4. 5G: The Next Stage in Mobile Connectivity

    Faraz Shafiq | Associate Managing Director, Global IoT Practice of Verizon Enterprise Solutions

    Where are the chip sets going? How small will we be able to get a cellular modem? This talk is made to inspire companies to get excited about building cellular devices. 

  5. Panel Q&A