Day 3 | Wednesday, June 14, 2017
WEAR 2017 | Day 3
Day 3 conference opening remarks
Smart Fabrics Track
What are some of the material innovations going on within the Smart Fabrics industry
lululemon’s Perspective and Approach to Technology
Yogi Dandapure | Innovation Director, Whitespace Innovation and R&D of lululemon Athletica Inc.
lululemon, being a vertical retailer with a goal of touching a billion lives, has a unique point of view on technology. We were one of the first companies in the world to bring wearable technology to the market that has given us lots of learnings and a new perspective to the wearable technology.
Holistic Consideration in Design and Development of Smart Textiles: From Fiber to Finish
Dr. Min Zhu | Assistant professor of Textile Development and Marketing of Fashion Institute of Technology
A comprehensive understanding of textile materials and constructions is essential in making smart textile products. With new types of materials emerging every day, it is even more challenging as well as rewarding to know how to use materials smartly. In this talk, several key properties of performance textile materials will be reviewed in case studies to assist wearable designers to determine the most appropriate fibers, yarns, or fabrics that can be used in making smart products. FIT’s educational and research activities on smart textiles will also be introduced.
Achievements and perspectives for smart textiles made of optical fibers for lighting and sensors
Cédric Brochier | Director R&D of Brochier Technologies
Since 2008, Brochier Technologies weaves optical fibers in order to develop smart, luminous fabrics. These fabrics present all the advantages of a textile structure, including lightness, flexibility and thinness, without heating or electrical conduction. This innovative solution is already used in several fields: medicals (phototherapy), automotive, security, depollution (photocatalysis), sensors and, of course, wearables.
Challenges & Opportunities for Smart Fabric Innovation using Activated Carbon from Macadamia Nuts
Sarah Tenney | President of Blue Export Group
Bring your ALOHA! and join us for an overview of the resources available for smart fabric applications made from high quality, activated carbon fiber made from Hawaii’s macadamia nut shells, commonly called ACMN. Learn how universities, industry innovation centers or you can qualify to participate in the Hawaii Smart Fabric Development Center TOUR Series. These week long events throughout the year test and trial smart fabric products and join industry networks in private learning tours as they visit six micro-climates on Hawaii Island. Tenney shares the unique features of activated carbon from macnut shells, current activated carbon products on the market, the ACMN smart fabric market opportunities, and recent resources and internships now offered to inventors, industry, academics, and faculty who are interested in advancing solutions from ACMN. Sarah Tenney, is a recognized market maker and export partner for small business and industry partners. Across her vocation she has assembled various government, trade, and public and private sector leaders for various international and domestic initiatives. Tenney is known for her spirit of Aloha and is a leading advocate & collaborator for advancing smart fabric innovation and applications, particularly those made from activated carbon from macadamia nuts from Hawaii.
Electronic Textiles: Passing the Test
Diana Wyman | Technical Director of AATCC
To be a viable consumer product, wearables must work in the real world. Can a heart-monitoring shirt be laundered? Can it be stretched? Does perspiration affect the electronics? Standardized tests are being developed to help answer these questions and provide new technologies with a clear path to acceptance and commercialization
Making Smart Clothing Easier to Design, Manufacture, Wash and Wear
Srijanani Bhaskar, DuPont
DuPont stretchable electronic inks provide an elegant, manufacturing-ready alternative to previous methods of embedding electronics in clothing. The end result is a thin, form-fitting circuit that can be seamlessly fused with standard fabrics, allowing for unprecedented comfort and freedom in wearable electronics design.
DuPont stretchable inks for wearable electronics are designed to deliver stable performance despite repeated elongation. Smart clothing enabled by DuPont inks is washable and durable – it can withstand up to 100 wash cycles. These materials can be used in common manufacturing processes to manufacture smart clothing without significant investment.
At the Wear conference, we will discuss the latest developments coming from the lab, our manufacturing partners, and end customers.
Do you see the light? Helping brands shine with sophisticated eTextile technology
Dr. Jan Zimmermann | Head of Textile Innovation of Forster Rohner
Integrating lights into fabrics has been a long nurtured dream but has proven, time and again, an almost impossible challenge. The talk will briefly sketch the quest of a traditional textile manufacturer to overcome the technical challenges of infusing fabrics with electronics and highlight the mostly beautiful, sometime useful, always sophisticated products an innovative
Wearable Technology Track
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.
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?
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.
SAFE Batteries: How to Choose one for your Wearable
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
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.
Panel with a developer, an app platform, and a connected device manufacturer
Morning Networking Break
What are the wearable devices that you will be using next?
Smart Wearables: Beyond The Hype Cycle
Pankaj Kedia | Sr. Director & Business Unit Lead, Smart Wearables Segment of QualcommTechnologies, Inc.
The smart wearables segment has been on a strong growth trajectory over the last 2-3 years. However, recent developments have led the popular press to question the viability of the wearables category as Pebble was bought by Fitbit, Motorola announced that they are no longer pursuing the smartwatch segment, and the vagaries of the stock market hitting the likes of Fitbit and GoPro. In this keynote, Pankaj Kedia, Sr. Director and General Manager of the Smart Wearables Business Unit at Qualcomm Technologies, will lay out the company’s vision for the category. While the press rethinks its stance in the category, Qualcomm has been leading the charge with the CSR acquisition in 2015 and the impending NXP acquisition that it announced in late 2016. Pankaj will discuss why Qualcomm is optimistic about the category, how the company is investing in the segment, and what we should all expect over the next 1-3 years in the industry and from Qualcomm.
Designing the Future of Parenting Through Connectivity and Wearable Products
Kevin Young, Senior Vice President, Product Experience, Continuum and Gary Weber, VP of Design, Fisher Price
What are the business, cultural, and technology trends that can help established brands evolve and flourish? How can companies transform themselves by understanding how sensing, human-focused interfaces, and dynamic ecosystems inspire innovation? In an effort to foster innovation, Fisher-Price partnered with Continuum to identify the key trends that will influence the future of parenting. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Fisher-Price and Continuum envisioned new experiences for future consumers, including toys that foster learning moments and babygear that empowers parents.
Would You Wear That? Bringing Wearable Tech Out of Computers & Into Closets
Drew Henson | Founder & Director of twenty2b
Today’s wearable tech has yet to hit the sweet spot where designs are ready-to-wear and integrate technology in a seamless fashion. The industry has progressed beyond sewing microchips inside jean pockets but mainstream adoption remains out of reach. Consumers deserve better, and the technology available to wearable tech designers is finally ready to strut its stuff.
Technology isn't constrained to wires and can be utilized in fabrics, dye, chemicals and actual circuits that amplify fashion. Photochromism, accessories that transmit data, are all ways in which technology can exist subtly in wearable fashion and be both useful and make the consumer look good.
Susan Bernard | Founder of Textile Instruments
This company uses a NASA licensed sensor technology which is incorporated into a fabric to allow for health monitoring of living beings.
Cooperative Sensor Technology
Jens Krauss | VP Systems of CSEM S.A.
CSEM has been involved in the field of wearable healthcare technologies for over 20 years, with a solid patent portfolio in vital sign monitoring. With the product SENSE, CSEM introduced the disruptive cooperative sensor technology. Compared to state-of-the-art medical monitoring systems, cooperative sensors allow comprehensive measurements of physiological signals during daily activities, are ideal for outpatients and to manage comorbidities because of its multi-parameter approach.
What Does Stress Have to Do with The Future of Wearables?
Lisa Calkins | CSO of Exadel
-This talk will discuss the evolution of embedded devices, especially regarding their impact on personal health.
- Wearables 2.0 will be dynamic applications that will utilize more than one layer of data
- combining multiple layers and analysis to reduce things like stress, a major and growing medical cost. - This talk will examine emerging technologies that are combating one of the most divisive hidden problems in our modern society, stress
Moderator: Stacey Burr, VP General Manager, Adidas Digital Sport
Connecting the Dots: Open Innovation and e-textile Interconnects
Dr. Renuka Dhandapani, Textile Chemist, Cotton Incorporated and Despina Papadopoulos, Founder, Principled Design
Everyone involved in the development of wearable technologies and e-textiles bemoans the lack of connectors - connectors that allow for easy, manufacturable scale integration of electronic components onto textile or polymer substrates in non-traditional electronic assembly environments. We believe that the “connectors” problem, or what we call the “last mile problem” can be solved but demands the combined expertise of multiple stakeholders as well as a well-defined set of requirements and specifications.
To that end, we have formed an Open Innovation Group, with leading industry stakeholders each holding the key to a different part of the puzzle. As we are developing solutions for interconnects between e-textiles and electronic components we are working together to develop solutions around insulation of conductive elements, weaving techniques and formulation of industry standards. In this talk we will discuss our technical developments and process, and the importance of an Open Innovation model and how cross-industry collaboration is essential in pushing forward e-textiles and wearables. The talk will be presented by Despina Papadopoulos of Principled Design, who is developing an interconnect solution and who brought together the Open Innovation Group, and Renuka Dhandapani, Textile Chemist with Cotton Incorporated (and OIG member), who is experimenting with e-textiles and the opportunity for the cotton industry.
Closing Remarks and Farewell
Stacey Burr | VP General Manager, Digital Sport of adidas