Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wearable Technology Educational Incubator--Invitation

This group will explore the educational applications of wearable technology and e-textiles. 

What are e-textiles?

The cutting edge field of electronic textiles or e-textiles is a recent development in both design and engineering. E-textiles are fabrics with embedded electronics, including sensors, lights, motors, and small computers. Designers of e-textiles keep things soft by employing new materials like conductive thread, conductive fabric, and flexible circuit boards. E-textiles are used in many different domains and settings including astronaut space suits, wearable medical devices, and haute couture fashions. You’ll find them in Lady Gaga costumes that change shape, high-tech military tents, and jackets that keep you warm while you snowboard. (Sew Electric, 2014)

Our Objectives:

  • Build technical capacity among non-technical educators to teach with the e-textile kits 
  • Develop innovative teaching applications for e-textile and wearable technology applications
  • Consider opportunities and logistical challenges for using e-textiles is k-16 settings.

No prior knowledge in wearable technology, computer programming, or textiles is required. 

If you have an interest in this (and are in the NJ/NY area) please complete this RSVP form. Our first meeting is October 16, 2014 from 6pm-8pm at New Jersey City University.

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