In the lead up to the WEAR 2017 agenda announcement, Smithers Apex sat down with leading advisory board member, Dr. Tricia Wilson, President & Principal at Fabric Works to discuss the key benefits on attending this year's exciting conference.
Q. Why is the WEAR conference so important to the industry and what are some of the challenges in the industry that WEAR 2017 will address?
Dr. Wilson: The WEAR conference is the only one that treats the industry vertically from technical challenges at the fiber level to perceptions by users on embracing the technology in their lives as well as everything from standards to manufacturing resources.
While often a conference focuses on an issue you are working on right in front of you, this one makes sure that you aren't blindsided by something you didn't know about!
One of the challenges to the industry is the difficulty in negotiating IP in a space that leverages multi-disciplinary technologies. Some of the workshops aim to bring up areas that new businesses need to consider before rushing through development.
Q. What are some of the best innovations to keep an eye on, within the smart fabrics and wearable industry, right now?
Dr. Wilson: The rapid integration of wireless power, new user interfaces, and mass-customization.
Q. What are you most looking forward to hearing at the conference, this Summer, in San Fran?
Dr. Wilson: I am interested in hearing more about the recent initiatives and investment in manufacturing infrastructure devoted to smart fabrics and wearables that the federal government, defense and private equity is making. Integrated manufacturing has been a particular challenge for the industry and all efforts towards making those resources available will speed product introduction