Smart Fabrics + Wearable Technology 2015 to bring together fashion & wearable tech innovators next week

Conference will take place May 11-13, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco

FALMOUTH, MAINE May 4, 2015   More than 250 wearable technology leaders will come together next week at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in San Francisco, CA for Smithers Apex’s Smart Fabrics + Wearable Technology conference and exhibition.   Dragon Innovation; Fjord; frog design; Hanky Pancreas; Imbue; Intel; iShüu Technologies; Nod Labs; Shift Innovation; Solvay; TapSense; U-Blox and Yahoo Labs are just a few of the international leaders who will share their expertise with attendees to bridge the gap between the smart fabrics and wearable technology disciplines. The conference is designed to help the key players in the industry navigate intellectual property, design, funding and other issues to successfully get products to market.

“I hear the same question frequently ‘why should I come to this Smart Fabrics & Wearable Technology event?’ There’s no one answer. First, this is a tremendous opportunity to connect with a wide range of experts from across the wearable and fashion industries.  Fashion execs, UX designers, venture capitalists, consumer product designers, electrical engineers, textile manufacturers, lighting professionals and R&D managers all come together in the same room to share ideas and experiences,” said Barbara Fowler, Conference Director, Smithers Apex. “Besides the networking, our 2015 agenda introduces you to the start-ups and established players who are truly taking wearables to the next level.  From the most innovative applications to intellectual property to new regulations for wearables to how to market and monetize your technology, Smart Fabrics + Wearable Technology will give you the information and network to capitalize on your ideas.”

“With 2015 projected as the year for wearables to really gain mainstream acceptance, the state of our industry is in a crossroads,” said Jeremy Wall, founder of Lumenus and a speaker at next week’s conference.  “The industry is still in its infancy and will continually grow and expand into untapped markets. Entertainment, Healthcare, Performance Enhancement, Transportation, Safety, Communication, Business Operations, Lifestyle, etc. will all truly grow into their own spaces and will need to approach target markets as an individual as opposed to the whole of 'wearables' as a singular device type.”

Looking forward to next week’s event, Scott N. Miller, CEO / Co-Founder, Dragon Innovation, who will be presenting on going from prototype to high volume manufacturing at Smart Fabrics + Wearable Technology 2015, said that he is “really excited about the combination of previously disparate supply chains and industries.  Gesture Logic is a great example - combining (smart) fabric with electronics to gain deep insights into sports performance that were not possible just a few years ago.” 

Adds Amanda Boxtel, Executive Director for Bridging Bionics Foundation, “I'm interested in learning about smart materials that can advance technology and an end-user's experience. I foresee this being a tremendous networking opportunity and learning environment.”

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