For my main project this semester, I want to pursue wearable technology. Electronics has always been an interest of mine, specifically how it can be used to interface directly with people. Wearable technology is a great example of this. Put simply, I hope to design worn technology that assists in and/or enhances the everyday tasks of the average person.
One example I found particularly inspiring was a collaboration with Levis and Google. Together, they designed a jacket for bicycle commuters that utilized conductive thread to recognize hand gestures. This meant you could control basic aspects of your phone just by touching your jacket.
Another interesting example of wearable technology is the company The Unseen. They developed apparel and accessories that changed colors based on environmental factors. In the following example, a bag changes color based on heat (hand prints).
The two examples given above are fairly specific and/or not very practical. More general functionality can be found with the work of Emel + Aris. This company makes smart coats with heating capabilities.
One final example is a company, Wearable Experiments, that designed a jersey for football fans that provided users with vibrations mimicking the action on screen. This effect is achieved with Bluetooth technology.
What all the above examples have in common is their ability to enhance our connection with the world around us. While the type of connection differs, these products allow us to feel closer to the world and the people around us. In this way, for my main project I want to create a wearable technology that enhances our experience when we meet other people. One of my initial ideas was a shirt that lights up when you shake someones hand. This has a similar effect that social media has when we receive likes, except it takes place in real life and when you interact with actual people.