Pervasive Media Lunchtime Talk: Latest in Smart Clothes and Wearable Technology
Our friends at Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio are holding a free lunchtime talk on Friday 11th November 2011 from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm on the ‘Latest in Smart Clothes and Wearable Technology’
Electronic textiles (e-textiles) and wearable computers offer a unique platform for pervasive media. Attributes of future ‘smart’ clothing will enhance communication, wellness, independence and comfort as well as improving links to the wider environment and smarter homes.
The Smart Clothes Wearable Technology Research Centre (SCWTRC) is a collaboration between the University of Wales, Newport and the National Centre for Product Design and Development Research (PDR) at UWIC, working across multiple disciplines to enhance the design and functionality of clothing in terms of smart textiles and wearable electronics to create ‘smart’ clothes of the future.
The talk will be presented by Molly Price, research assistant at the SCWTRC, who will be introducing the “soft” and “hard’ technologies shaping garment systems that will change the way we think about and use everyday clothing and textiles.
Smart clothing design should be driven by end-user needs, leading to products that work, look attractive and are highly usable. Successful outcomes rely on open, creative collaboration and knowledge exchange between multiple fields of design and engineering, including technical textiles, micro-technologies and advanced manufacturing techniques. Some of the latest collaborations will be showcased at this talk.
Potential attendees are advised that this will be one of Pervasive Media Studio’s first talks in their new space in the Watershed building and you should ask for directions at the Watershed box office.