Monday, May 11, 2015

Smart Fabrics & Wearable Technology 2015 program

This year's conference program will feature 2 and a half days of exciting plenary sessions that will bridge tha gap between textiles and technology. NEW this year will be a panel of innovative wearable technologies flash talks, designed to keep our audience up to date on the most groundbreaking, unique, and game-changing technologies the industry has yet seen. Stay tuned for more program updates!

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Day 1


  1. Opening Remarks and Presentation of the Advisory Board

    Stacey Burr | VP General Manager, Digital Sport of adidas

    Advisory Board Members: Stacey Burr, Vice President of Wearable Sports Electronics, adidas; Hap Klopp, Chairman, Obscura Digital and founder of The North Face; Dr. Tom Martin, Professor Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech; Dr. Kunigunde Cherenack, Senior Scientist, Device Integration Technologies Department, Philips Corporate Technologies, Research; Dr. Tricia Wilson, President and Principal, Fabric Works and Koen van Os, Scientist Intelligent Textiles – Project leader PLACE-it, Philips Technologies

  2. Expanding World Views for Wearable Design

    Denise Gershbein | Executive Creative Director of Frog Design

    As technology evolves, we can see design moving closer and closer to the body – from wearables and smart fabrics as we know them today, to the embedded technologies of the future. These advancements are impacting human interactions within the context of society at large, and even driving us to reconsider who we are as individuals. Understanding social, educational, philosophical and other related frameworks becomes increasingly relevant, because the way people chose to adorn or modify themselves physically can heavily impact their personal identity and their place in society. As design gets closer to the body, designers must expand their world view as they change the meaning of what it means to be human. 

Icons of Wearables: A Panel Conversation

Hear the initiators in the field of smart fabrics and wearables viewpoint on the industry’s evolution since its beginning; where it is now and where is moving forward and what tends to happen to an emerging technology field when it finally goes legitimate and the big players come in.

  1. Can wearables become sustainables?

    Maggie Orth | Founder of International Fashion Machines

  2. Can Wearables Fulfill their Potential to Radically Improve Health-Care Outcomes?

    Andy Behar | Founder of VivoMetrics

    In 1999 a start-up called VivoMetrics brought the first high-resolution ambulatory physiologic monitoring system called the LifeShirt to market. It started with 13 patents for respiratory inductive plethysmography that accurately collected respiratory volumes and rates. It incorporated high resolution ECG, activity/posture monitoring, and a suite of display software that enabled home based sleep studies, pharmaceutical trial data collection, and real-time monitoring of disease and emotional states. This ICU level ambulatory data was utilized and cited in over 1,500 peer reviewed scientific papers, two reports on first responder risk of heat-stress for Homeland Security, and used on active military. In this talk VivoMetrics founder Andrew Behar will discuss the technical development of the LifeShirt garment, the electronics, wireless capability, and the 21CPR part 11 / HIPAA compliant data center. He will focus on the regulatory and commercial hurdles of moving wearable physiology monitoring into the mainstream and try to answer the critical questions: Who pays for the data? Who is legally responsible for a patient being monitored? Does the medical industry see preventive care as a business model? And, does big pharma really want to know every side effect during drug trial? Until these fundamental questions are answered, wearables will remain a niche item in the health care system or a low-resolution lifestyle enhancement tool and fashion accessory.

  3. Wear From and To...

    Paul Gough | Strategic Marketing Manager of u-blox

    Back in 1997 Philips decided to employ a young fashion designer, textile specialists and wedding dress maker, and brought them together with software and hardware researchers to explore electronics and clothes. There was no common technical language, or common design methodology, so we had to build things from the ground up. It turned out to be a creative roller coast ride with non-trivial management issues. Out of this ferment sprung the new nomads, sensor and MP3 jackets, heart-rate monitoring bra’s, fabric antennas,  a wealth of concepts pieces and the Philips-Levi’s jackets , the latter hitting the stores in 2000. In this brief talk I’ll try and capture some of the key lessons learnt from that time, what our aspiration and expectation were for the future and whether they have been met, or is there still a shortfall. Oh, and also I’ll explain why I hate conductive thread.

  4. Today’s Wearables Revolution: Bridging the Origins with the Future

    Sundaresan Jayaraman | Kolon Professor, Scheller College of Business and the School of Materials Science and Engineering of Georgia Institute of Technology

    Today, the term “wearable” goes beyond the traditional definition of clothing; it refers to an accessory that enables personalized mobile information processing. We begin with a retrospective by taking a look back at how the concept of integrating electronics and textiles to create the world’s first “wearable motherboard” or smart and interactive textiles was born. We will discuss the role of textiles as a “meta-wearable.” We will then gaze into the future of wearables and present a transdisciplinary approach to realizing this future that will transform the field and realize the true potential of wearables.

Moderated Panel Discussion

  1. Networking Break

Production, Infrastructure, Supply Chain, Patents and creating a branding identity for a wearable/smart fabrics product: How to Mature in the Industry?

  1. The Hardware Challenge: Going From Prototype to High Volume Manufacturing

    Scott Miller | CEO and Co-Founder of Dragon Innovation

    Fueled by 3D Printing, Arduino and Raspberry Pi, and crowdfunding, getting from idea to prototype has never been easier. However, the journey from prototype through manufacturing to finished product in customers' hands remains a challenge. Many well-funded and technologically savvy teams fail to survive the manufacturing journey. In his presentation Scott N. Miller will discuss some of the common failure points and how to successfully avoid them. His mission is to help hardware companies successfully bridge the gap between prototype and high volume manufacturing.

  2. Navigating the IP Minefield in Wearable Tech

    Michelle Mancino Marsh | Partner and Head of the Fashion Practice Group of Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

    IT'S THE HOTTEST TREND, BUT incorporating wearable technologies into your or your customer’s product line can be an Intellectual Property minefield. This session will help you identify key areas of concern from the IP perspective and strategies for bringing product to market. If you are an innovator in the area, this session will provide insights to better protection and avoiding costly missteps.

  3. Evening Reception

Day 2

Coffee & Tea

  1. Get some early morning mingling done with your fellow wearable enthusiasts!

Opening Remarks

  1. Engineering Fashion – INVENTIONS

    Kristine Upesleja | Manager, Textiles & Materials of Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

    • The impact of technology in the 20th and 21st century has generated a new awareness of materials
    • Changing lifestyle needs –lifestyle dictates trends
    • Necessity is the motherhood of invention
    • Trends for the future – growing, printing - adaption tendencies of wearable technology and daily modes of living
  2. Wearable Light in Fashion

    Koen van Os | Intelligent Textiles, Device Integration Technologies, Research of Philips Group Innovation

    Philips (Koen van Os) will explain how concepts and ideas on wearable light, generated in one-of projects, have to be translated into consumer goods. This process is taking place with support from other industries and designers. Several engineering contradictions had to be solved over the years.

    Pauline van Dongen will approach the developments in this field from her perspective as a fashion designer. She will explain how technology can be seen as a new aesthetic expression for fashion and she will show how making the technology an integral part of the design process will increase the wearability as well as the desirability of wearable light.

  3. Engineering the Apparel Design Process

    Gihan Amarasiriwardena | Co-Founder & CEO of Ministry of Supply

    To date, the merger of fashion and technology is often thought of as just wires and sensors embedded in clothing - we’ll discuss ways technology can be applied both in the design and manufacturing of garments as well as the material physicality itself. With the ultimate goal of apparel enhancing our body - how can we use body mapping to drive the design of garments and combining that with new manufacturing techniques that allow us to replicate the skin?

  4. Innovative Solutions for Thin Flexible Batteries

    Dr. Daniel Gloesener | Program Manager - Battery technologies of Solvay

    Besides power/energy density increase, safety concerns and cost reduction, form factor is becoming a major driver shaping innovation in the energy storage industry. This is fuelled by the emergence of new attractive market segments such as wearable electronic devices and Internet of Things, which require thinness, flexibility and freedom in shape design. Solvay, in collaboration with French Institute CEA and key industrial partners, is developing new integrated solutions for thin flexible batteries based, among others, on its proprietary fluorine technologies. A key component thereof is a hybrid organic/inorganic composite polymer electrolyte which brings enhanced electrochemical performances, safety and lifetime.

  5. Networking Break

Augmented Human Experience through 3D Printing

  1. Walking in Style – How can 3D Printing Design Enhance Functional Robotics?

    Amanda Boxtel | Executive Director of Bridging Bionics Foundation

    Showcasing the First Partially 3D Printed Bionic Exoskeleton Suit

    The convergence of technologies may democratize access to assistive devices for any number of musculo-skeletal challenges. Integrating 3D printing capabilities with robotics opens new and unimaginable frontiers. Design engineers from 3D Systems Corporation have teamed up with Ekso Bionics, manufacturer of the bionic exoskeleton suit named EksoTM , to showcase the first partially 3D printed bionic exoskeleton in the world.

    Amanda Boxtel, paralyzed for 23 years, became an integral part of the design process shifting from passive consumer to active co-creator. Amanda will demonstrate the newly designed exoskeleton on stage. By morphing the functional elements of the aluminum and titanium battery-powered device with the beauty of 3D printed design, we are a step closer to fusing a person’s biology and individuality with technology. Presenters Scott Summit, 3D Systems, and Amanda Boxtel, Bridging Bionics Foundation, will address the future of wearable technology with this one idea:  What if any individual who has a musculo-skeletal challenge could have a better quality of life with complete freedom of mobility, where the technology itself fits seamlessly with their body like a glove, and becomes an extension of their senses?

  2. A Social Model of Design for Wearable Medical Devices

    Jessica Floeh | Designer & Founder of Hanky Pancreas

    Why are user experience design methodologies largely overlooked in the development of wearable medical devices? There is an opportunity for an industry evolution that fundamentally values and includes end users. Jessica Floeh will discuss her wearable product line, Hanky Pancreas, as an example of how a social model of design can transform stigmatizing devices into conversation pieces.

  3. Lunch

  4. One Part Neil Armstrong, One Part Miuccia Prada: One Small Step Toward the Future of Wearable Technology

    Dr. Tom Martin, Professor Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech and Lucy Dunne, Associate Professor and Director, Apparel Design Program; Director, Wearable Technology Lab, University of Minnesota

    In this presentation, we will discuss issues in educating the next generation workforce for smart fabrics and wearable technology.

    Successful wearable products will require bridging the gap between design and engineering to make a technology that weaves itself into the pattern of customers' everyday lives.  We will present our experiences over the last decade of working with university students in apparel design, industrial design, and electrical and computer engineering on a wide range of wearable technology projects.

  5. Promises, Privacy and Perception: Perspectives on Technology On and Of the Human Body

    Todd Harple | Pathfinding and Innovation Lead, Experience Strategist, New Devices Group of Intel

    Watches, fitness bands and smart glasses have paved the way for increasingly closer integration of our bodies with technologies. Enabled in part by Moore’s Law, technological capabilities that used to require entire rooms or buildings now fit onto our arms and onto our bodies in ways unimaginable in the space of our lifetimes. Wearables and data promise brighter futures across health and lifestyle, while simultaneously forcing us to reconsider what is indeed private or public. This talk will focus on how our experience of digital technology has changed over time and how human values will drive the future of wearable technology beyond today’s solutions.

  6. Real-time monitoring by a smart watch

    Dr. Vasileios Exadaktylos, Division M3-BIORES, KU Leuven

    The gold standard for measuring stress is based upon measurement of physiological variables (EEG, ECG, skin conductivity, respiration rate, blood/saliva variables). These measurements are useful in laboratory conditions. Another way to get an indication is to use questionnaires. Both methods give an instantaneous value and are not useful on subjects during full activity.

    A new device is launched that allows to measure stress in real time by  combining the heart rate measured by a watch with a smart algorithm om the mobile phone. Exciting examples are shown on real time stress management of race drivers during the car race at the famous Nürburgring (Germany). Results are shown from speakers during a conference. Measurements were also done at cashiers in a big retailer. The device allows doing real time stress management since it shows in what stress zone the subject is acting.

  7. Networking Break

  8. Biometric wearable and implanted devices

    Dr. Christian Holz | Research Scientist, Future Technologies & Interactive Devices of Yahoo Labs

    • Wearable devices sense users' biometric properties in novel ways
    • Authentication and security of personal data
    • Interactive implanted devices for a higher quality of life
  9. Wearable Electronics: New Opportunities for Energy Storage Design

    Dr. Christine C. Ho | Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Imprint Energy of Imprint Energy, Inc.

    Wearable electronics presents a unique set of challenges for battery designers. This talk will focus on understanding wearable electronic application needs, battery chemistries best suited for wearable devices, design constraints for wearable electronic energy storage devices, and potential areas of innovation to improve battery form factors, energy density, power density, safety, flexibility and interconnects.

Wearable Technologies Flash Talks, Part 1

Panel Moderator: Hap Klopp, Chairman, Obscura Digital and founder of The North Face

  1. Nod: Achieving Pixel Accurate Gesture Control

    Anush Elangovan | Founder and CEO of Nod Labs

    Nod is the first pixel accurate gestural control device capable of tracking sub-millimeter human motion and accurately translating them to access 2D or 3D interfaces. This is the first time you can use a gestural control device with subtle motions to address every pixel on 4k displays and larger. Nod will usher in the next computing revolution around input - touchless interaction. Multiple Nods could also be used to accurately track your skeletal structure and expose it in immersive Virtual Reality systems or Smart Garments.

  2. Wearables and the Future of Music

    Matan Berkowitz | Co-Founder of Shift Innovation

    Recent innovations in the field of music technology enable us to express ourselves more intuitively than ever before, with wearable computing and the Internet of Things gradually blurring the line between the virtual environment and the physical world.

    Tomorrow's instruments will range from reinventing the live performance and creative process of professional musicians, to empowering people with disabilities and allowing almost anyone to literally play. In this talk, Matan shares his insight as a developer of award winning music technology, having worked with EEG brainwaves, heartbeat sensors, hospital research labs and AR goggles to create unique and exciting prototypes. 

  3. Smart 3D printed fabrics as game controllers for physical rehabilitation

    Dr. Edgar Rodriguez Ramirez, Programme Director Industrial Design VUW, co-Director Smart Interactions

    We will present the design of a system to produce 3D printed dynamic fabrics that act as game controllers for aiding people in their physical rehabilitation. We have developed a system that can be applied to motivate patients, particularly children, to complete physiotherapy exercises. The same technology could be used to record performance and progress with their therapy.

  4. How to Monetize Wearable Apps with Advertising

    Gregory Kennedy | SVP Marketing of TapSense

    With nearly a million smartwatches sold, wearables are the hottest emerging consumer product trend. With devices like Google Glass, Pebble and the Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch all supporting third party apps, wearables are the single most important opportunity for app developers and publishers since the emergence of the smartphone. In this talk, app developers and publishers will learn about the advertising monetization opportunities available for wearables apps, including: audio, native, text ads for commerce, and more. 

  5. Joint Q&A

  6. Closing Remarks

Day 3

Coffee & Tea

  1. Opening Remarks

Successful Example of Collaboration between Fashion and Technology

  1. Marrying Tech and Fashion to Deliver True Wearable Innovation

    It’s no longer a question of whether or not to partner with the fashion industry to help the wearable sector take off because the truth is: We can’t do it alone. Wearables are far more personal and emotionally connected to us than any other technology we use in our daily lives, and the fashion industry will fill in these gaps where technology industry can’t. What’s crucial to distinguish in the year ahead is the approach – how do these two very different industries work together in this new world? For Intel, it’s focusing on helping establish and build a new ecosystem that connects innovative designers as well as lifestyle and cultural experts with technical engineers from all over the world to create meaningful, useful and chic devices. Ayse Ideniz, vice president and general manager for Business Development and Strategy of Intel’s New Devices Group, will discuss Intel’s firsthand experience collaborating with players outside of the technology space to drive wearable innovations and what the future holds for wearables.

  2. Successful Partnerships with Retail, How to get your Product into Market

    Greg Appelhof | Founder, President of Retail Group, LLC

    You'll hear from:

    • Greg Appelhof, Founder, President, Retail Group, llc
    • Scott Wallace, GMM/Operating Partner, MGMT3D
    • Bob Christopher, Director Innovation, Panasonic R&D Company of America

    Successful Partnerships in Retail - how to get your product in to retail

    Today, emerging technology categories are driving growth of CE at an amazing rate; up 187% in 2014 and forecasted to increase another 108% in 2015,  exceeding $10B in sales. Wearable technology is a significant contributor to this growth, with smart watches, health & fitness and smart eyewear leading the way. 

    To understand the current marketplace and future opportunities, we must understand how consumers are acquiring these new technologies. Is it simply through referrals and online shopping or something more? And how do big brand retailers, like Apple, Best Buy, Amazon, Target and others, help to establish these categories?

    It’s an exciting new era of retail where the road from IP to the shelf is shorter than ever. Still, getting onto retailers omni-channel shelves and expanding your reach is full of hoops to jump through. Greg, Scott and Bob have unparalleled insights and access into the retailers worldwide and will provide an unbiased view of the retail market opportunity. We will share not a single formula but leadership ideas that will allow you to take that next step in expanding your market and winning with retailers.  Hear what’s next from industry leaders who have successfully launched emerging brands at major CE retail worldwide.


Wearable Technologies Flash Talks, part 2

  1. Wearable Acceptance: Reaching the Tipping Point

    Jeremy Wall | Founder of Lumenus

    The world has clearly begun shifting toward the acceptance and embrace of wearable technologies. What has risen from a concept term, to a buzz word, has now taken shape as consumer products being purchased and worn all over the globe. One of the most transformative aspects of our society is that our youth are being born into a culture dominated technology. Young people accept and expect technology innovations in life and now apparel. With the big players in industry hiring and inspiring young designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs to compete in this space we will see an influx of revolutionary products entering the market.

    This new acceptance that is coming from our youth is a sense of connection with our world family around the globe. It is a strong desire to create and improve people’s lives through technology. What seems futuristic now will be the new normal in five or ten years. Through partnerships with Philips Lighting, 3M, and several others my company has begun to revolutionize pedestrian safety. We are committed to work toward making tech serve people with new comfort and safety features. I want to make tech positive and safety cool.

  2. Style, Size and Substance: How to approach connected fashion

    Devarshi Shah | CEO of Imbue

    We have been approaching wearables with the same mindset we’ve built desktops, laptops and phones with : while size matters, function triumphs form. But for wearables to make it into the consumer’s daily wardrobe, they must elevate themselves to the standards we hold our daily wear to. The talk explores a different approach towards building wearables - from form as well as function perspective.

  3. Wearable Display for Dynamic Spatial and Temporal Fashion Trends

    Wallen Mphepo | CTO of iShüu Technologies

    In this talk we will present a wearable fashion technology platform we hope shall herald a new era in the direction of the future of wearables. While the example application we will demonstrate is a smart high heel shoe whose colors and design patterns can be controlled via a smartphone app, the platform itself can be applied in a variety of products, markets and industries. The platform is intentionally designed to keep the technology out of sight and in the background to the point that the users or observers are hardly aware it is even there.

  4. Textile Antenna Embedded in Clothing for Energy Harvesting

    Caroline Loss | PhD Candidate in Textile Engineering of University of Beira Interior Portugal

    In the broad context of Wireless Body Sensor Networks for healthcare and pervasive applications, the design of wearable antennas offers the possibility of ubiquitous monitoring, communication and energy harvesting and storage. The wearable antenna is thus the bond that integrates cloth into the communication system, making electronic devices less obtrusive.Using common textiles as dielectric substrate and conductive textiles to the radiating parts is possible design and building textile antennas embedded in clothing, for energy harvesting applications. Nowadays radio frequency energy is currently broadcasted from billions of radio transmitters (e.g., mobile communications base stations and radio/television stations) that can be collected from the environment enabling wireless charging to power supply the low-power devices.In this way, we propose a textile antennas for energy harvesting, embedded in a new garment that warns when user is exposed to high levels of radiation (in some specific ambience or when using some electronic device).

  5. Joint Q&A

  6. Networking Break

The 2015 Game Changers

Finding meaning in the data coming out of the monitors, trackers and similar technologies part of smart fabrics and wearables. A step forward from quantifying towards making sense of

  1. The Design Challenges which will arise from the Convergence of Technology and Biology: Who will truly ‘own’ the data which is generated by our bodies?

    Andy Goodman | President of Fjord

    Wearable technology promises a future of self-knowledge, sensors and superpowers - we’re taking a leap into the realm of the always-on, always-present and always connected. Currently we can monitor our activities and compare and share via devices such as Apple Watch, Fitbit or Jawbone UP - but the future will change things much more drastically. We’re about to see heads-up displays, vibrating interfaces, speech recognition and a constant awareness of where we are in time and space. However, for wearables to truly make the crossover, designers must possess a deep understanding of user behavior and adopt a radically new approach to design.

     Andy Goodman, President of Fjord US, is a pioneer of the wearables industry and will discuss the implications of a wearable future and the challenges which can and will arise as a result of the convergence of technology and biology, including how designers need to learn from doctors, fashion designers, human factor specialists, neuroscientists and experts in other relevant fields to understand who they are designing for and why. He will also discuss how service design is the crux of wearable technology and will be the key factor in whether or not it will integrate fully into consumers’ lives.

  2. The rocky path towards insightful wearables

    Dan Ledger | Founder of Path Collaborative

    One of the greatest promises of wearable technology is the insights we might be able to gain about our health, happiness and overall well-being from devices that are continuously monitoring our vitals, and systems that are able to combine data from these devices with other contextual data.  While we have made great strides in areas like machine learning, bio-sensing, and contextual data aggregation, we haven't yet been able to generate meaningful, reliable, and robust insights.  This presentation will examine why these insights are so difficult, how the industry is working through them, and will provide a perspective on where we'll be in the next few years.

  3. Closing Remarks