Day 3 | Wednesday, June 13, 2018

WEAR 2018 | Day 3

WEAR 2018 | Conference Day 3

  1. Day 3 conference opening remarks


Session VI: Tech Meets Haute Couture

From high fashion to everyday, what do the consumer’s want when it comes to blending smart fabrics and fashion trends. 

  1. Designers are from Mars, Technologists are from Venus

    Sarah Angold, MA(RCA) FHEA | Owner of Sarah Angold Studio

    Fashion and Technology are looking for a long term committed relationship. Everyone said they’d make a great couple, but although they’re out and about all over Instagram, behind closed doors they’re struggling to find a meaningful connection. Can fashion-tech expert Sarah Angold couples council them to a blissful union? 

  2. Smart Vibrations-Machine Learning Activewear

    Olivia Burca | Garment Engineer of Wearable X

    Nadi X yoga pants by Wearable X guide you through yoga with sensors, vibrations and audio so you can practice anywhere, anytime. One of the greatest challenges in wearable tech is combining engineering and computing elements in a fashionable and consumer friendly manner. Not only have we developed a fully machine washable wearable tech product but we made hardware flexible while maintaining the core design and comfort for consumers.

  3. Bridging Design Gaps

    Clint Zeagler | Research Scientist II of Georgia Tech

    For wearable technology to be successful in the commercial market it has to function, but it also has to deliver on experience and social acceptability. This talk will focus on techniques that aid in true collaborations between engineers/scientists and designers/artists. Short project case studies where fashion designers, musicians, and even choreographers will be be highlighted to showcase these techniques and methods.

  4. Morning Networking Break

  5. Excuse Me, My Jacket Is Calling: Fashion In A Digital Age

    Femka Van Buuren | Founder of

    Founded in 2017 by a Louis Vuitton Fashion Designer, Tech Noir Lab brings together the top pioneers in Design & Technology from around the globe to work collaboratively, creating wearable and embedded technology solutions. As the physical and digital worlds converge, consumers expect to be connected seamlessly across all aspects of their lives. We work with Designers who want to incorporate cutting edge technology into their brands and Technology companies who want to integrate design into their products. During this discussion we will talk about our visions for the future, where Tech Noir Lab is headed and the exciting projects we are working on, as well as the challenges we want to fix with others in the industry so we can work together to continue pushing innovation forward not just for engineers, but for designers too.

  6. Wired Skins: An Exploration into Solar Powered Fabric

    Colin Touhey | CEO and Co-Founder of Pvilion

    More and more, our clients contact us to help design small, flexible and lightweight solutions for people on the move. Providing a portable cellular charging solution is our client's biggest challenge and request. Pvilion has developed a proprietary process that allows us to laminate thin, flexible solar cells to a variety of fabrics and other materials to create solar fabric consumer products that produce power. 

  7. Design and Innovations

    Francesca Rosella , Chief Creative Director and Co-Founder, and Ryan Genz, CEO | CuteCircuit

    CuteCircuit has been the pioneering brand in fashion wearable technology since 2004. The presentation will highlight the recent collections; from collaborations with Chanel and Converse, to the SoundShirt, the haptic garment that allows deaf audience members to feel music on their skin during a concert, and the Graphene Dress that showcases the potential applications of graphene both as a sensor and decorative element. What does it take to transform wearable technology from blue-sky concept into market reality? The design process, inventive steps, and vision that allow for beautiful and comfortable 

  8. Networking Lunch

Innovation Track

Session VI: Power & Sensors

With all of the new innovative tech becoming more powerful and smaller, how are we providing energy and sensors, for these devices. 

  1. Sensing and Stretchable Second Skin for Wearables

    Miguel Ridao | Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Sensing Tex

    Second skin is based on Printed Sensor Mats for a better body tracking Experience consists on a set of sensors fully screen printed on a Fabric or stretchable Sheet Cover based on Fitness Mat technology by Sensing Tex. It is a System developed for multiple applications for body pressure, new proximity mapping, body movement, human pose behavior, center of balance, respiration and heart beat among other actuators devices like lighting, to get feedback for the user. The conference will describe the different sensors and how they are printed and built, the architecture of the whole system and how fully printed eTextiles can be implemented in Large Area to get new exciting products.

  2. Wearable Sensing for the Body & Environment

    Dr. Valérie Lamontagne, Creative Core (Owner and Designer) of synapseWear and Alexander Reeder, synapseWear

    synapseWear is a wearable device & fashion collection for recording your motion and environmental data to create playful visualizations / sonifications. Small and light the synapseWear wearable device includes 6 sensors to capture your motion and environmental data. You can use it as an attractive air quality monitor or a way to enhance your performance art. The sensors act as mnemonic recorders of your sentient experiences perceiving: C02/TVOC, temperature, humidity, pressure, light, movement (9DOF) and ambient sound levels

  3. Ready-to-Wear Meets Ready-to-Charge: Top Strategies for Adding Wireless Charging to Wearables

    Jacob Babcock | CEO and co-founder of NuCurrent

    Wireless charging of consumer devices is happening. It’s accelerating rapidly in the mobile phone segment, and now some progressive wearable manufacturers are incorporating designs for wireless charging in their products -- creating an opportunity for category differentiation and premium pricing. Effective implementation of wireless charging in wearables requires innovative technologies as well as systems design expertise (ideally at the beginning of the product development cycle.) Jacob Babcock, CEO of NuCurrent, will deliver a not-so-technical talk on the important considerations manufacturers should take when adding wireless charging to their product roadmaps.

  4. 4 Ways NFC Enables Brands to Connect to a Wearable Tomorrow

    Paula Hunter | Executive Director of NFC Forum

    More wearable apparel and footwear companies are using NFC within the product manufacturing process to prepare for a connected tomorrow. The physical NFC tag of today is tomorrow’s wearable digital portal. With NFC, brands can instantly communicate relevant content, including sustainability and authentication, current fashion tips, cross-sell/up-sell offers, and ‘endless aisle’ functionality. Paula Hunter will explain how NFC is part of the smart apparel manufacturing ecosystem, highlighting examples such as Nike’s NFC-enabled NBA Connected Fan Jerseys. Adidas’s custom-made NFC sneakers and more. She’ll discuss the four main benefits that consumers and brands stand to gain from NFC.

  5. Turning Skeptics into Advocates

    Sanjay Kumar | Principal of Verizon Professional Services

    A Technology first approach rarely works for successful product introduction as businesses rush to start tinkering without thinking of the consumer buying cycle, a defined co-creation, innovation and phase gated approach. The session describes how Verizon has developed and executed its Digital Experience and co-creation innovation program leveraging its state of the art innovation centers and a combination of leading edge design thinking, technology, security and prototyping principles.

  6. Transforming IoT into IoMe (internet of me) via smart garments

    Davide Vigano | Co-Founder and CEO of Sensoria Inc

    IoMe is about wearing biometric sensing garments that are comfortable and washable, and measure specific metrics that are important to the individual. They are utilizing embedded sensor technologies that provide health and fitness metrics to the end consumer in real time. Over time these sensors will disappear to the human eye and will become ubiquitous to the user/wearer. These new form factors will also make it easier to provide contextually relevant data and turn that data into wisdom for the user. This is the level of personalization that is needed to truly transform the wearable industry beginning with the notion that every single garment has the capability to become a computer.

  7. Full heat ahead – Inside DuPont and Inuheat’s heated garment collaboration

    Stefan Carlsson | Inuheat and Michael Burrows | DuPont

    Let us share a collaboration-in-action: Inuheat™ is developing an easy-to-adopt Wearable Heating system including powerpack, app control, data platform, and manufacturing support. DuPont’s Intexar™ HEAT team is developing smart clothing technology that delivers textile heating safely, manufacturing ready, and super comfy in use. This presentation will cover the progress towards the marrying Inuheat™ system and DuPont™ Intexar™ materials in a totally unique heated glove design aimed at capturing the imagination of global glove brands.

  8. Morning Networking Break

Session VII: Material & Design Innovations

  1. Opportunities for In-Rubber Electronics

    Hadrien, Michaud, CEO, Feeltronix

    How to make rubber smart? Current wearable devices rely heavily on rubber as a structural material since it offers a natural skin-like feel, and excellent mechanical properties. However, the smart electronic sensing and communication functions are still restricted to a rigid casing essentially repackaging a printed circuit board. Feeltronix breakthrough platform provides design and manufacturing solutions for circuits distributed in rubber that can withstand repeated and extreme mechanical deformations (flex, twist, stretch, fold), enabling new form factors for electronic sports, AR/VR, healthcare, and watchmaking industries.

  2. Metalized Patterns on Textiles by Inkjet Printing

    Hasan Shahariar, Research Assistant, NC State University and Bill Babe, Sales & Marketing Manager, Liquid X

    We describe a conformal inkjet printing process of particle free reactive silver ink on uncoated textile surfaces. Reactive silver ink is printed on PET textile substrates. The electrical conductivity of the inkjet-printed conductive tracks is improved by an order of magnitude with the incorporation in situ heat curing of the textiles surface during printing. The in-situ heat curing process can potentially minimize the wicking of ink in the textile structures. We have achieved the minimum sheet resistance of 0.1 Ω/□ on polyester knit. These findings create the possibility of integrating inkjet printing in the scalable & automated manufacturing process for E-textile products. 


  3. Positioning Materials: Leggings for Physical Activity Classification

    Felecia Davis | Assistant Professor of Stuckeman Center for Design Computing in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Pennsylvania State University

    Our team will present a material for leggings that can show the orientation of human legs in space which can be used for gait analysis, physical therapy, or athletic training. Our material consists of yarn, electronics, and an algorithm to collect and translate the raw data with Madgwick AHRS algorithm from an IMU sensor to a 3D model body legs on a screen. We have run an experiment with our material involving four physical activities, including walking normal speed, running, walking upstairs, and walking downstairs. Good classification results can be reached with the data collected from our material. This the presentation will demonstrate the method to generate the material.

  4. 3D Printing for Textiles and Apparel

    Sylvia Heisel | Creative Director of Heisel

    Bigger, faster and smarter printers, sustainable materials and software developments are poised to make 3D printing a new manufacturing solution for clothing. A look at the recent developments, opportunities and potential applications for 3D printed textiles and apparel.

  5. Printed Electronics in Fabrics

    Len Allison | Business Manager of Engineered Materials Systems, Inc.

    Printed Electronics using Polymer Thick Film (PTF) is experiencing rapid commercial growth when printed onto soft, pliable or stretchable substrate. PTF electronics on traditional polyester (PET) film has reached higher levels of durability with recent design and material advancements, but is limited at 2-D flexing, is not pliable, and can be a noisy or noticeable interface. The advantages of pliable electronics over PET film-based electronics is a circuit that can be flexed in 3-D for a soft and quiet human-machine or bio-sensor interface.  This presentation will describe several ink-substrate combinations for incorporating PTF circuitry onto fabrics, prevailing performance levels, pertinent test methods being developed, and commercial applications. 

  6. ClothCall – A Different Approach for Everyday Smart Clothes

    Yariv Erad | CEO of Hisep Technology

    Presenting an innovative smart clothing system, which enables clothes to “wirelessly talk” directly with each other (cloth to cloth…), share & compare the environmental conditions measured by each cloth, determine the relative direction of each other, and provide the wearer relative direction indications - thus enhancing the contextual environmental data. We’ve developed the first-ever DF system embedded in clothes, that can operate with no need for GPS, maps, indoor infrastructure data or crowd-sourcing mapping data – our DF technology can work anywhere, anytime – indoor or outdoor – overcoming RF reflection issues.

  7. Afternoon Networking Lunch

Session VIII: Personal & Medical

Moderated by Dan Ledger, Founder, Path Collaborative

How smart fabrics and wearable devices being used to save lives, and keep people healthy, every day

  1. Knitting Humanity Together

    Tony Chahine | Founder of Myant

    The new industry of Textile Computing will allow for continuous connection of humans to each other, the digital world, and AI.  Textile Computing will disrupt many industries, including health care, by allowing for remote diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of health conditions. In order to allow for innovation in this space a new end-to-end supply chain has needed to be built.

  2. Textile Devices for Medical Applications

    Genevieve Dion | Associate Professor of Drexel University

    Textile devices are fabrics that exhibit properties not usually found in conventional textiles. Designed and fabricated properly, they have the potential to radically revolutionize the way we work, interact with each other, and live day to day. Dynamic collaborations that bring together theoretical and experimental work of researchers from diverse disciplines—biotechnology, medicine, material sciences, electronics, computer science, textiles, product, and fashion design—are essential for the successful design, production, and true functionality of textile devices for medical applications. These transdisciplinary efforts combine traditional research methods and design research with scalable production methods.

  3. Wearable Technology and Compelling Use Cases

    Jordan Monroe | Co-founder of Owlet Baby Care

    It was famously said "It will never make sense for a average consumer to own a computer" Fast forward to today and we all have a supercomputer in our pocked and a handful of other computers that we wear, talk to, and work with every single day. There is a constant battle between compelling use cases and the cost of products. To our aid  is Moores Law and the falling costs of components and manufacturing. Knowing these principles can lead today's product innovators to build products that people love.

  4. Afternoon Networking Break

  5. Embr Labs: From Student Project to Consumer Wearables Company

    Sam Shames | Co-Founder of Embr Labs

    What started as an MIT student project in the summer of 2013 to heat and cool people directly as a way to help buildings save energy has evolved in Embr Labs: a fast-growing start up with a consumer product to help thermally underserved populations take control of temperature and feel more comfortable in their own skin. This talk will share the Embr Labs story from our beginnings at MIT, through years of engineering and customer testing, to launching Embr Wave on Kickstarter in 2017. It will conclude with where the business is today, and our goals for the future.    

  6. Bridging the Gap for AI in Healthcare with Bio-sensing Smartwear

    Aldjia Begriche | Vice President of Smart Textiles of OMsignal

    OMsignal’s VP of Smart Textile, Aldjia Begriche will share insight into a clinical study currently underway with the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute that represents novel technology for long-term non-invasive ECG monitoring through OMsignal’s bio-sensing smartwear platform. Up until now, the lack of contextualized, accurate, relevant and regular biometrics has been one of the key challenges in being able to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare. Aldjia will speak to the collaboration involved and the significance of being able to capture medical-grade bio-signals over long periods of time while using comfortable, affordable, easy-to-use bio-sensing apparel that fits everyday wear.

  7. Closing Remarks and Conclusion of Conference