The 3 day Wearable Technologies workshop with Despina Papadopoulos and Benedetta Piantella Simeonides challenged DSI students to ideate and construct technology for service or solution. Everyone learned the value of quick deadlines, rapid prototyping, and team collaboration.
The first workshop started with familiarizing everyone with wearable environments, including the state of affairs and building projects for impact. The students learned how “wearable” translates to tools of fashion and impact. Students then constructed bracelets with light sensors using conductive or nonconductive fabric, batteries, conductive thread, copper foil tape, and a magnetic clasp.
Students worked on, an presented final ideas for projects, ranging from a “wearable” for sun exposure, to a thermometer for epilepsy. Everyone was instructed on how to use an Arduino, a microcontroller board, to aid in prototyping their final ideas.
Teams presented their final wearables, each prototype uniquely different. The first, Sophie’s Watch, a colorful wristlet thermometer for kids. The second, Ultra Violet Index Center (UVIC), a precautionary measuring sensor for UV protection. The third team, Oursense, made a heart monitor for Nurses to help manage stress.