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A Camera from a Sheet of Fiber

Posted in technology, textile, wearable by electricdream on July 6, 2009

Technology Review: A Camera from a Sheet of Fiber.

Researchers at MIT have integrated a collection of light sensors into polymer fibers, creating a new type of camera.

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This could be you

Posted in calls, wearable by electricdream on April 15, 2009

Two of Sabine’s former students, Mika and Hannah, that I met in Newcastle for Our Cyborg Futures, are doing the following at V2 Labs in Holland:

Workshop: DIY Wearable Technology, by KOBAKANT

Call for participation
May 16-17, 2009.
Deadline for applications is May 3.
Location: V2_, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

During the weekend of May 16 and 17, Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson (aka KOBAKANT) will give a workshop on DIY wearable technology. The outcome of the workshop will be demonstrated during Test_Lab: Fashionable Technology on May 20 (20-23h).
Piano hack by KOBAKANT

KOBAKANT explores the realm of wearable technology as a medium for commenting on technological and social aspects. For them, technology is to be hacked and modified by everyone to fit the needs and desires of the user.

V2_Lab will organize a wearable technology workshop with an emphasis on DIY techniques and performing arts. The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with hands-on experience on DIY wearable technology. The outcome of the workshop will be workingprototypes, which will be demonstrated by means of a short performance during Test_Lab.The participants will partake inhands-on sessions that involve both conceptual as well astechnical development. Developers from both V2_Lab and KOBAKANT are available for assistance throughout the workshop.
The workshop is open to students and professionals in the fields of art, design, and engineering. Although anyone with an interest in wearable technology and basic knowledge of electronics or of sewing is welcome to join, we especially encourage people with an expertise in fashion design, technology in performance arts, and/or wearable technology engineering to sign up.

Participants are invited to demonstrate the workshop outcome during Test_Lab: Fashionable Technology on May 20, in which various renowned artists will also demonstrate their wearable technology projects and where the technologies’ social consequences will be discussed by professionals in the field.

The number of participants to the workshop is limited. The fee for participation is €50,- (to be paid before the workshop). This includes coffee, lunch and materials but no accommodation. Please use the attached application form. Deadline for applications is May 3.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Piem Wirtz
M: piem@v2.nl
T: +31 (0)10 2067273
http://www.v2.nl
http://www.kobakant.at

Sabine Seymour – live from Linz

Posted in future, Uncategorized, wearable by electricdream on February 24, 2009

We are incredibly fortunate to have Sabine Seymour doing a live chat from Linz tomorrow. Sabine is an internationally recognised curator of wearables, the author of the well received book Fashionable Technology,

a designer working with wearables and adjunct professor.

I have asked her to talk a bit about her vision for the field of wearables, as well as the curatorial & professional aspects of her practice.
Sabine’s research interests in Fashionable Technology include:
emotion & cultural identity
sustainability
function & aesthetics
These are two links currently capturing her interest:

Sleeping pill

Posted in art, context, wearable by electricdream on January 27, 2009


Sleeping Pill
Rosemarie Trockel – Biennale of Venice
German Pavilion
1999

ISWC ’09 call

Posted in calls, technology, wearable by electricdream on January 15, 2009


ISWC’09, the thirteenth annual IEEE International Symposium on
Wearable Computers, is the premier forum for wearable computing
and issues related to on-body and worn mobile technologies.
ISWC’09 will bring together researchers, product vendors,
fashion designers, textile manufacturers, users, and related
professionals to share information and advances in wearable
computing. ISWC’09 explicitly aims to broaden its scope to
include cell phones and cell phone applications as they have
become the most successful wearable computer to date.

ISWC’09 invites to submit original work in one or more of the
following formats: full papers, notes, posters, late breaking
results, demonstrations, videos, tutorials and workshops. As
already successfully performed in the past, this year’s ISWC
also invites for a contest of wearable system designs,
encouraging academic and industrial design, media and art
authorities to submit conceptual work in a creative, inspiring,
innovative and future oriented style.

For first time, ISWC’09 will publish adjunct proceedings which
will include the late breaking results, video papers,
demonstrations, design papers of selected workshops.

*Wearable Systems*
– Wearable system design, wearable displays and electronic
textiles
– Wearable sensors, actuators, input/output devices and power
management systems
– Interaction design, industrial design of wearable systems
– Wearable sensor networks for sensing context-awareness,
activity or cognitive state
– Software and service architectures, infrastructure based as
well as ad-hoc systems
– Operating systems issues related to wearable computing,
including issues such as dependability, fault-tolerance,
security, trustworthiness and power management
– Networks, including wireless networks, on-body networks, and
support for interaction with other wearables, pervasive and
ubiquitous computing systems or the Internet
– Cooperative wearables, ensembles of wearable artefacts,
coordination or wearables
– Techniques for power management and heat dissipation, and
manufacturing issues

*Usability, HCI and Human Factors in Wearable Computing*
– Human factors issues with and ergonomics of body worn
computing systems
– User modeling, user evaluation, usability engineering of
wearable systems
– Systems and designs for combining wearable and
pervasive/ubiquitous computing
– Interfaces, including hands-free approaches, speech-based
interaction, sensory augmentation, haptics, and human-
centered robotics
– Social implications, health risk, environmental and privacy
issues
– Wearable technology for social-network computing,
visualization and augmentation
– Experience design

*Applications of Wearable Systems*
– Wearable systems in consumer, industrial, work,
manufacturing, environmental, educational, medical, sports,
wellness, health care and ambient assisted living domains
– Wearable systems in culture, fashion and the arts
– Smart clothing, for people with disabilities, and for elderly
enablement
– Use of wearable computers as components of larger systems,
such as augmented reality systems, training systems and
systems designed to support collaborative work
– Formal evaluation of performance of wearable computer
technologies, and comparisons with existing technologies

*Mobile Phones as Wearables*
– Mobile applications designed for / delivered through cell
phones
– Cell phone services, cell phone designs, cell phones as
personal computers
– Cell phone technologies, e.g. combining short and long range
radios, multimedia streaming
– Extending cell phone hardware e.g. sensing, novel IO
modalities, embeddings
– Cell phone interaction, cooperative cell phones, grids and
clouds of cell phones
– Studies based on cell phone deployments (especially large
scale)

ISWC’09 will be held from September 4-7, 2009 in Linz (Austria)
Tutorial/Workshops September 4, Doctoral Colloquium September 4
Main Conference September 5-7, 2009

Emily Carr Speaker Series: Di Mainstone

Posted in fashion, technology, wearable by electricdream on November 20, 2008

Tonight: Thursday, November 20 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm

(thanks talktomyshirt.com)

Di Mainstone is trained in fashion design at Central St Martins in London.
Her interactive couture garments playfully explore human behavior by weaving soft-technologies into a fashion aesthetic. In 2005, Di joined Sara Diamond at the Banff New Media Institute to create a series of electronic couture garments. She quickly found her new passion for electronic textiles and teamed up with Joey Berzowska and Marcelo Coelho

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ISEA 09

Posted in exhibition, wearable by electricdream on October 28, 2008

CALL FOR … ::: ISEA 2009
DEADLINE: November 17, 2008
This is the 2nd call for Artworks and Art Projects, Papers, Exhibitions, curated shows, Workshops, Open Spaces and more – accross eight sub-themes:
Citizenship and contested spaces
Interactive storytelling and memory building in post-conflict society
Interactive textiles
Tracking emotions
Posthumanism: New technologies and creative strategies
Positionings: local and global transactions
Transformative creativity – participatory practices
Entertainment and Mobility
http://www.isea2009.org

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coolhunting interview at eyebeam gallery ny

Posted in exhibition, wearable by electricdream on October 23, 2008

Ami Kealoha from coolhunting does a video interview with Sabine and some of the artists/designers in her book that were able to make it to New York for the book launch …

Fashionable Technology – Sabine Seymour

Posted in fashion, technology, wearable by electricdream on October 23, 2008

It’s wonderful to be included in this new book by Sabine Seymour!  The book is a great resource for finding out more about current practice in the wearables field, although I felt that the theoretical framework could have been expanded on.

Technothreads

Posted in cyborg, exhibition, fashion, technology, wearable by electricdream on May 2, 2008
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