Day 2 | Friday, June 21, 2019

WEAR 2019 | Day 2

Registration & Exhibit Hall Open

  1. Registration Opens


Track | E-Textiles Intelligent Ecosystem

Moderator: Beth MacDonald, COO, Dragon Innovation


Delve into the multidimensional facets of functional smart fabric design, innovation, development, applications, and care. 

  1. A Framework for the Engineering and Design of E-Textiles

    Madison Maxey | Founder & Technical Lead of LOOMIA

    Established technical industries, such as software development or garment production, have common pools of knowledge that create a design framework. For example, any garment designer or manufacturer would understand that behind every garment there is a paper pattern, a sewn sample with edits and a final tech pack that is used for production. Any one of those parts of the framework can be pointed to and edited along the path of making the final garment. For software, one might know that any website you use has a front end and back end. Server and software engineers often specialize in one part of this stack, allowing deep discovery in one area. For e-textiles, we often refer to the entire e-textile product with one term. There lacks a sense of clarity around the parts that make up an electronic textile, and the purpose that each part serves. When we better specify each element that goes into an e-textile, we can better communicate with engineering teams, manufacturers and suppliers. With this in mind, this white paper suggests a framework—or a stack—that can be used to think about e-textile development.

  2. Electronics and Textiles; Partners in Ubiquity

    Stephanie Rodgers | Director of Advanced Product Development of Apex Mills

    It’s happening folks! Sucessful outcomes of the first and third industrial revolutions are converging together as we begin the fourth; a hybrid of tehnology and humanity through textile applications. Yarn has become the next invention and electronics are a topic of laundering performance and next level ubiquity. Learn about the building blocks of advanced e-textile development, best practices for success, standards development and participation in Manufacturing USA.

  3. Failure Analysis of Printed E-Textiles to Laundering

    Remington Scott | Technical Associate of The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)

    Currently, there are numerous techniques for integrating conductive materials with textiles. However, many of these techniques aren’t scalable, making products extremely expensive for consumers. Printing conductive materials on textiles appears to have the most potential to overcome this obstacle due to its versatility and ease of implementation. However, the durability of printed e-textiles in harsh conditions such as laundering is still a major concern, and there are few standards or guidelines for testing and evaluating e-textiles. This discussion will also address the important variables for the durability of printed e-textiles to standard and accelerated laundering cycles.

  4. Morning Networking Break

  5. Factors to Consider During Wash Fidelity Testing of Wearable E-Textiles and other functional fabrics

    Mary Begovic Johnson | Principal Scientist of P&G Fabric & Air Care

    Washability is a critical factor in enabling e-textiles and other functional fabrics to become integrated into everyday wear.  There are 900+ variables that come into play when laundering fabrics, including the fabric composition, the types of fabric care products and washing machine used, the wash temperature, the hardness of the water, and so on. This talk will explore key factors to consider in wash fidelity testing and provide suggestions for conducting wash testing studies.

  6. The Digital Athlete: How E-Textiles and the Digital Experience Will Define the Future Athlete

    Portia Blunt, Senior Design Operations Manager at New Balance

    Discover the convergence of tech and product design as it relates to the athlete.  Explore how the digital/tech space will define how we develop and utilize textiles to provide the best performance experience for the modern athlete including:

    • Future trends
    • What the athlete expects
    • How do we get there?
  7. Networking Lunch

    Both conference tracks will eat lunch together


Track | Sensors, Power & IoT

Moderator: Tom Martin, Professor Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech


Innovative technology is becoming more powerful and smaller. Simultaneously, how are we providing sufficient safe energy and sensors for these devices is at the forefront of design schematics.

  1. Battery Failure Modes and Risk Mitigation Strategies Unique to the Wearables Industry

    Alexandra Emly | Managing Engineer of Exponent

    The growth of wearables in consumer electronics and medical device applications has created new potential hazards for device users, as well as created unique twists to the failure modes previously observed in more traditional electronic devices. These hazards range from increased risks of burns from the close contact with skin, to the necessity for reliable operation when collecting vital signs or suppling medication, to issues with lithium-ion battery technology as they pertain to wearable devices. This talk will discuss possible failure modes as well as steps OEMs can take to mitigate risk and better ensure safe and reliable operation of the batteries used in wearable devices.

  2. Eliminating the Battery Barrier: How Next-Gen Power Fuels Smarter Wearables

    EJ Shin | Head of the Strategic planning of Jenax Inc.

    Wearable manufacturers and consumers want the same thing: smart, powerful, easy-to-use devices that are comfortable and safe to wear. But in reality, there’s a huge gap between what manufacturers can deliver and what users demand and actually find usable. The components fueling these products are the crux of the user acceptance problem. The smarter and more IoT-connected wearables are, the more power they need. But because manufacturers have had to design around batteries that are rigid and clunky, their products are often awkward, inconvenient or uncomfortable for end-users. In this session, EJ Shin will discuss how a new generation of flexible, lightweight batteries is changing the wearable landscape. Attendees will learn how, instead of being a barrier for product designers, batteries can power a whole new level of wearable innovation that exceeds consumer expectations.

  3. Battery-free Bluetooth Enabled Apparel

    Steve Statler | Senior VP of Wiliot

    For some time the industry has been experimenting with embedding RAIN RFID and NFC in apparel.  Lessons have been learnt about why and how brands can bring the power of the digital world into products.  While Bluetooth beacon technology has offered the advantage of connecting more easily using lower cost infrastructure, without the need for consumers to tap products in unnatural ways, the bulky form factor, expense and limited battery life has meant that in many cases Bluetooth has been a non-starter for brands. Wiliot is a semiconductor company building the first battery-free Bluetooth tags that harvest energy from ambient radio waves, with the goal of removing the need for maintenance,  and the limits to lifetime, and having a form factor which doesn’t impinge of the look or comfort of the garment or accessory. By enabling devices such  as a smart phone or Wi-Fi gateway to identify products, brands can track in real time their products from manufacturing to the store to end customer. At the retail level, brands can move beyond physical readable product information on tags or packaging, and enable interactive engagement through the consumer's own phone or displays.  At home, consumers can communicate with their products to get instructions and reminders, clothing can talk via the Bluetooth radios already being deployed in washing machines to automate wash settings. Valuable products can be tracked in case they are lost or stolen.  In this session, Wiliot shares the story of its progress and the lessons it has been learning regarding the new ways that people and products can interact, the opportunities and some new challenges.

  4. Morning Networking Break

Track | Internet of Beauty and Wellness

Moderator: Asta Roseway, Fusionist, Microsoft Research


Personalized novel health and skin care products are emerging with inventive wearable technology applications. Find out which products will help to advance consumer self- care.

  1. Smart Garments and AI Software Enable Rehab Remote Monitoring and Improve Patient Outcomes

    Davide Vigano | Co-Founder and CEO of Sensoria Inc

    Our vision is The Garment is the Computer.®  Smart clothing and footwear have the ability to become the next wearable personal computer and enable the Internet of Me (IoMe) providing novel data sets to the individual and/or their clinician / physical therapist / trusted advisor.  Our technology platform, Sensoria® Core, is one single microelectronic device featuring a 9-axis IMU (accelerometer, magnetometer & gyroscope)  allowing the validation of multiple textile sensor infused scenarios.  One such scenario is to extending the Gait Lab outside of the hospital and clinic to remote monitor activity and adherence to the recommended clinician protocols increasing likelihood and speed to recovery as well as decreasing likelihood for rehospitalizations. 

  2. Use of Wearable Technology for Field-Based Research: Success and Failure Case Study

    Aliaksandr Leuchanka | Senior Applied Innovation Researcher of VF Corporation

    Learning the limitations in the various wearable sensing capabilities, while working with specific wearable technology companies to improve upon their products for use, VF innovation team works with athletes from brands such as North Face and Vans to maximize efficiency. Learn about how the ‘Athlete performance Lab’ in VF’s Innovation studio in Dover NH studies athletes to develop proprietary insights that power new apparel, footwear and gear for VF brands.  Hear about the challenges they’ve faced  in conducting successful field-based testing sessions, and from learning the limitations in the various wearable sensing capabilities along with directly working with a specific wearable technology company to improve upon their product for use.

  3. Networking Lunch

    Both conference tracks will eat lunch together

Session VII: Wearable Healthcare Vs Wellness

Moderator: John Vaskis, Vice President of Sales, Indiegogo


One of the largest and fastest growing sectors in smart fabrics and wearable devices is in the medical and wellness industry applications. Advances in technology have impacted everything from self-monitoring heart devices, 3D printing of personalized devices to more universal designs for wellness products to help alleviate anxiety, stress, and insomnia.  

  1. Navigating the Regulatory Maze for Wearable Medical Devices

    Dr. Chris Castel | Founder of CareWear

    • Who Regulates Medical Devices
    • Labeling Device Safety, Biocompatibility, EMC
    • How to Avoid Regulatory Pitfalls
    • The CareWear Story
  2. Designing Wearables Systems that Clinicians and Patients Will Love

    Syuzi Pakhchyan | Design Director of BCG Digital Ventures

    Despite market growth of medical wearable devices and increasing interest from clinicians and patients alike in monitoring and home healthcare, very few wearable medical systems have found significant user adoption. In this panel, we will unpack the frictions that prevent wider adoption and propose a different approach to the the design of intelligent wearable systems that reduce adoption risk. We will use the design and development of Gaido Health, an intelligent wearable system that bridges the gap between Hospital and Home Health for high-risk oncology patients, as a case study to walk you through some of the key lessons and learnings of developing a successful healthcare product.

    • Intelligent Wearable System Design
    • Home Healthcare + Monitoring
    •  Design thinking and User Research
    •  Developing Medical Wearable System in An "Agile" Fashion
  3. Afternoon Networking Break

  4. The Future of Health & Safety: Textile-Based Remote Monitoring

    Irene Brinker | CEO/Founder of Devali Inc

    Devali’s Oumen+ is an advanced physiological monitoring system using numerous sensors and algorithms to monitor cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous system function along with core body temperature, hydration, stress, sleep & adaptability from the comfort of your socks. Partnered with Thorlo, the only socks clinically proven to improve foot health, we are the most comfortable and comprehensive textile-based monitoring solution on the market.

    • Monitor Real-Time Physiological Data including: Stamina- Exhaustion- Stress- Emotional States- Pain Levels- Core Body Temperature- Hydration Levels- Blood Oxygen Saturation- Heart Rhythm Abnormalities- Sleep Patterns
    • Constantly Log Health & Nervous System States to recognize and address early warning signs of declining health and/or PTSD and other nervous system state dysfunction
    • Track Changes In Behaviors, Mental States and Physical Adaptability
  5. The Interface Between Wearable Technologies and Clinical Medicine: Emerging Areas for Growth

    Dr. Newton Agrawal | Physician-Scientist, CTO of Med-Line, LLC and Swurly Clothing

    The interface between wearable technologies and medicine remains an  emerging frontier. While huge advances have been made with biometric sensing technologies, there still remains a gap for many wearable technologies as it relates to addressing important clinical problems in the field of medicine. This talk will help designers and developers focus their energies on applications that will have the greatest impact on individuals, while addressing important clinical concerns. It will discuss the major gaps that exist today and talk about how some wearable technologies may be missing the mark when it comes to clinical problems. 

    • Explain the science of biochemical and electrical signals in the human brain and nervous system.
    • Explain the science of bioactive stimulation therapies and human neurophysiology in relation to important clinical problems that remain with wearable technologies.
    • Talk about existing gaps and  emerging areas for growth in functionality, health, and well-being.
    • Talk about emerging clinical biomarkers, biosensors, IOT's, and therapeutics, and how these may relate to useful targets for:
      • Practicing clinicians and their patients.
      • Wearable technology designers and developers.
      • Emerging consumer markets.
  6. Closing Remarks From The Chairs