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Professional Development Program Flexible Futures

Wearable technology

Professional Development Program Flexible Futures

The program at a glance

DETAILS INFORMATION
Language English or Italian
Certification Domus Academy Certificate
Duration 2 full days + 1 day optional

Intro

Many people think that electronic intelligence cannot be integrated into thin materials. This is not exactly true. Nowadays a wide range of applications are possible – in medicine and fashion, gaming and monitoring.

Course Leadership

Opendot in collaboration with Domus Academy.

Opendot is a FabLab and a hub of research and open innovation. It is a spin-off from the company Dotdotdot – a Milanese studio of exhibition and interaction design.
Opendot was founded to create a facility for rapid prototyping, research and experimentation in the area of technological innovation.
For further information, please visit the web site www.opendotlab.it

Objectives

The key objective of the course is update, develop and learn theory as well as the innovative applications in the world of wearable technology. This guides the participants to the target projects and to new spheres of intervention for the production of avant-garde solutions. These can generate original ideas to create something of value for the companies.

Method and Contents 

Day 1

Module 1 / Smart Textiles.

Demonstration + Backgrounds and theory.

Using a textile layer as a substrate is the most straightforward way of creating thin and flexible electronics. The copper wires are replaced by conducting thread; the stiff electronic board is replaced by a textile sensor; soldering is replaced by stitching.
These solutions can be applied in both the prototype phase as well as in industrial production making the range of possible applications even more interesting.

Day 2

Module 2 / Wearable.

Demonstration + Backgrounds and theory.

From virtual reality to micro geo-localization, from biometric sensors to miniature sensors that we can wear all the time. Wearable technology is not just textiles. After ‘sewable intelligence’ we now have “integrated intelligence”.
Main examples of wearable technology and applications.

Module 3 / Seamless electronics.

Demonstration + Backgrounds and theory.

Examples of products developed for prototype production and ‘how to’.

Focus on: wearable technology already available to buy, easily integrated sensors, flexible sensors, conducting threads and conductive inks and how to make the connections for prototyping and production.

Hands-on
The course examines ad hoc practical applications of wearable technology identified to suit the requirements of the participants and specific for the background sector of the companies.

Day 3 (optional)

This is a day of brainstorming and active-explorative experimentation. Focus is on the possible practical applications designed ad hoc to suit the ambitions of the company and satisfy the expectations of the participants to the course. Technical ideas and design input are combined with hands-on activity to develop parallel initiatives and promote the technological know-how and the new pathways of design and innovative production.

Audience

These programs have been conceived for companies, associations, agencies, consulting companies from a variety of sectors.

They aim at exploring a number of experimental processes and broaden the participants’ horizons through innovative methods and the integration of different disciplines.