Day 2 - Tuesday, May 12

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