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Wearable Tech, Textile Art and Fashion

Dallas and Derek opened the amazing MakerLabs, and I am happy to announce it is our new home.

Here are our speakers for this meetup:

  • Keenan Tims and Daniel McLaren: They will show a single-limb prototype of their muscle-sensor glow suit. The suit uses myoelectric sensors to detect muscle contractions and lights up the corresponding area on the suit. We'll give a technical overview of how it works and discuss some of the problems encountered along the way.
  • Anthea Mallinson: Anthea is a teacher, weaver, dyer and textile artist for the film industry. She will share her experience and show us how jacquard loom works. Her talk will revolve around textile structure and textiles as filaments, and questions regarding how the high tech maker might (or might not?) work with textile woven structure.
  • Andy D: Andy will address the impact of design on technology, culture, and particularly its relationship with fashion (and vice versa). He will illustrate the parallels within the worlds of fashion and technology, and what these parallels mean to consumers, designers, and the startup community. Lastly, he will conclude by discussing the potential and future of the impact of fashion+design on technological product.


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  • Niel M.

    Thanks to everyone who attended! It was great to finally show some of our progress.

    I've posted notes and answers to the few questions I could remember over here:

    Also, if anybody has photos from the event they're willing to share, please send them to [masked].

    July 17, 2014

  • Aaron H.

    How about mind-controlled shape shifting dress?

    1 · June 28, 2012

  • Suzanne M.

    I am out of the city at the the moment, but are there plans to do more Meetups of this nature? It's just that this seems SO cool!

    July 14, 2014

    • Sung

      We will!

      July 15, 2014

  • Matthew D.

    this looks interesting. Took a workshop a month ago in Philly on digital textile printing. So much innovation happening now, like liquid metal printing (

    July 9, 2014

    • Niel M.

      Yeah, I've been dreaming of combining printable circuits with n-e-r-v-o-u-s' Kinematics so you can embed addressable lighting throughout a garment. Can you imagine!??­

      1 · July 9, 2014

  • Thales F.

    Yeah, this event will be hot

    July 8, 2014

  • Niel M.

    Wewt! I'm excited this is finally happening.

    July 3, 2014

  • Anthea M.

    I am interested in this conversation.

    May 4, 2014

  • Aaron H.

    This needs to happen. Anyone interested in showing some flextronics? I've got a shirt with an accelerometer, LEDs, conductive thread, lilypad, and vibe motor in the collar.

    May 23, 2013

    • Sung

      It will happen, Aaron will be the man, :)

      May 23, 2013

  • Aaron H.

    Hahaha, maaaybe. We'll see what develops in the coming couple of months.

    July 1, 2012

  • Sung

    Hey Aaron, can you present something? The stage is all yours.

    June 29, 2012

  • Aaron H.

    Or this is particularly cool, making your own smart materials the electroluminesce, flex, or even generate power. This an art installation build with these concepts, and a video showing how it was all put together.

    1 · June 28, 2012

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