PlugandWear Wearable Technology Workshop in Florence

September 4, 2010

Here is info about Wearable Technology Workshop in my neighborhood, I got earlier today from Riccardo Marchesi aka PlugandWear. PlugandWear invites you to partake at the ‘Wearable Technology – a hands on Analysis of Electronics in Innovative Textiles and Prototype Development’ workshop, organized by the University of Florence and with the participation of Paolo Puma, Lorenzo Capineri, Troy Robert Nachtigall and PlugandWear, from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15 in Florence – Italy.

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… and here are some thoughts from the organizers about the workshop concept:
‘What can electronic technology offer to the design field?
What are the most cutting edge uses of interactive applications?
The workshop Wearable Smart Textiles: Technology to Concept: a hands on analysis of electronic technology in innovative textiles and prototype development seeks to address these questions. The course o ers a theoretical and applied introduction to smart textiles; innovative fabrics currently being introduced in the different Interaction Design fields: from clothing to work dressing, to display and exhibits. Our objective is to explore in terms of design, themes that are based on technical knowledge but develop their potential in a visual and formal aesthetic

The workshop Wearable Smart Textiles: Technology to Concept: a hands on analysis of electronic technology in innovative textiles and prototype development seeks to address these questions. The course offers a theoretical and applied introduction to smart textiles; innovative fabrics currently being introduced in the different Interaction Design fields: from clothing to work dressing, to display and exhibits. Our objective is to explore in terms of design, themes that are based on technical knowledge but develop their potential in a visual and formal aesthetic.’

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Photo: Lilypad & mini uSB, taken from arduino.cc.it

MODULE I
Theory and exercises: 10 hours
– Electronic components and their functions: LED, Capacitors, Resistors, Switches, Integrated Circuits, Batteries (each will be explained in terms of symbols, functions, connections, characteristics and containers).
– Exercises with a small circuit based on a 555 oscillator sewn on a textile perfboard.
– Sensors and textile actuators: fabric switches, stretch sensors, and temperature sensors. Practice with a LED circuit and textile switch.
– Embeded Systems and the “Arduino” microcontroller: description, functions, programming. Prototype Creation Workshop: 6 hours
– Arduino Project: creation of a wearable project consisting of a warm winter garment.

MODULE II
Theory and exercises: 9 hours
– Sensors and Actuators: Electroluminescent Fibers, Stroke Sensor, Electricity propagation in conductive bers, high technology textile bers, materials with shape memory, Piezoelectric sensors.
– Exercises with sensors/actuators and the “Arduino” microcontroller system; advanced course. Prototype Creation Workshop: 1 hour
– Arduino Project: creation of a fashion accessory with wearable technology.

Instructors:
Paolo Puma is Senior Researcher in Fashion Design Degree of the College of Architecture of the University of Florence. She performs activities of research at the Architecture – Design, History, Project – Department.

Lorenzo Capineri is associate professor of Electronics at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the University of Florence, Italy. His current research activities are in design of ultrasonic guided waves devices and pyroelectric sensor array, signal processing for pipes and landmines detection with ground penetrating radar.

Troy Robert Nachtigall, fashion designer graduated at FIT, currently teaches courses at the University IUAV of Venice, University La Sapienza of Roma and the Institute of European Design.He invents new ways to dress and present fashion for lines such Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gaultier Jeans, Hugo Boss, Hermes and Emilio Cavallini.

Riccardo Marchesi is an electronic engineer with 25 years experience in R&D of textile machinery and technical textiles. He is Managing Director of Texe srl that specializes in metal fabrics for electromagnetic shielding and interior design. His current research activities at PlugandWear.com are conductive fabrics and interactive textiles.

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