Tag Archives: wearable technology

A Hug for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder

Wearable Technology Lab graduate research assistant Julia Duvall (Apparel Design ‘15) and undergraduate research assistant Nicholas Schleif (Electrical Engineering & Product Design) won the student design competition at the 2016 Augmented Human conference in Geneva, Switzerland with their deep pressure vest that “hugs” children with sensory processing disorder. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder often shy away from physical touch even […]

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The Future of Wearable Tech: Q & A with Brad Holschuh

Brad Holschuh officially begins his appointment as Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Wearable Technology Lab in January, but he’s already learning the ropes, working with graduate students, and jumping into projects—including a recreation of Marty McFly’s 2015 self-tailoring jacket for Back to the Future Day. He holds a PhD in Aerospace Biomedical Engineering from MIT, where he worked on […]

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Apparel Students Design for Outer Space with Their Feet on the Ground

Last month, Lucy Dunne‘s (Apparel) junior year studio traveled to NASA headquarters to present their latest designs: a multi-layer e-textile circuit sensor garment, mechanical counter pressure gloves, a vacuum test chamber emergency rescue technician suit, a wireless wearable audio harness, and wearable haptics to direct arm movement. This was Dunne’s fourth class to participate in the NASA Wearable Technology Symposium, […]

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[VIDEO] Apparel Design Students Prepare to Fly with NASA

This spring semester, five apparel design seniors are not only preparing to launch their careers, they are also launching into space. Karen Fiegen joined by Kira Erickson, Mary Ellen Berglund, Jordyn Reich, and Crystal Compton, are 11 weeks away from taking their materials research into zero gravity for testing at NASA headquarters in Houston, TX at the end of May. PHOTOS: Apparel Students Heading to Microgravity UNEWS: Design Students Reach for the Stars (Minnesota Daily)NEWS: Apparel Team Tackles Moisture Management Challenge (NASA)Selected as 1 of 18 projects to participate in NASA’s highly competitive Microgravity U, the University of Minnesota team is the first all-female, apparel team to participate in the program. Microgravity U is an academic opportunity for undergraduate teams…

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What Do Gloves That Type and A Noise Cancelling Vest Have in Common?

Apparel design students will present their innovative prototypes at Johnson Space Center during a trip to NASA headquarters April 19-21. The students researched and developed garments for NASA over the semester and now have the opportunity to show their work to the astronauts. Prototypes by the five teams, as pictured, include gloves that type, a space suit outer layer that enhances range of motion, research into placement of devices on the body, a noise cancelling vest, and a radiation resistant cargo bag that transformed into a wearable garment. MORE: Behind the scenes preparing for NASAThis is the third year the class has partnered with NASA and focused on wearable technology. This spring associate professor Lucy Dunne received NASA's Silver Achievement…

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Lucy Dunne Receives NASA's Silver Achievement Medal

Associate professor Lucy Dunne (Apparel Design) will receive NASA's Silver Achievement Medal during a ceremony at NASA's Johnson Space Center on April 21, 2014.This prestigious NASA Silver Achievement Medal is awarded to Government and non-Government individuals or teams by NASA Center Directors for a stellar achievement that supports one or more of NASA's Core Values, when it is deemed to be extraordinarily important and appropriate to recognize such achievement in a timely and personalized manner. Dunne helped develop the NASA Wearable Technology Clutser, which brings together NASA scientists and engineers on the one side, and university students and professors on the other from the University of Minnesota, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. Since 2012, she has offered a course each…

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Smart Clothing, Smart Girls Learning about STEM

This week over a dozen, middle school girls from Anoka County 4-H and Girls Inc.

 participated in a new STEM camp called Smart Clothing, Smart Girls held at the College of Design. Associate Professor Lucy Dunne (Apparel Design), in a partnership between Cornell University and the University of Minnesota, spearheaded the camp which is supported by a three-year National Science Foundation grant to use apparel design as a vehicle to attract middle school girls to STEM learning and engineering careers. The girls learned about wearable technologies and electrical circuits, skyped with NASA, and built their own space suits for a final fashion show on Friday. Along the way, they were introduced to 2D to 3D visualization and the engineering design…

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Universal Smart Garments Coming to a Closet Near You?

Assistant Professor Lucy Dunne (Apparel) has received the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Award, also known as the CAREER award. She will receive nearly $400,000 in NSF funding over the next four years to develop a cut-and-sewn, textile-integrated smart clothing platform. Dunne paired her early textiles and apparel career with an education in electronic technology. "I didn't face the same obstacles as people who are trained only in apparel and then turn to smart clothing later," she explains. Today, it's Dunne's goal that every student who graduates from the apparel design program leaves confident with the knowledge that they know how to build a least a very basic circuit. It goes hand in hand with her teaching…

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Making The Shoe Fit … Even Better

If the shoe doesn’t fit … design something better. In the spring of 2012, students in Lucy Dunne’s Studio IV apparel design course partnered with NASA to design wearable technology prototypes. Susan Vue, Jennifer Voth, and Melissa Mello developed a better boot for astronauts. This fall, their design won first place in the 2012 Safety Products Student Design Challenge sponsored by Safety + Technical Products and Narrow Fabrics Institute (IFAI).  “This project is a great example,” explains Voth, who graduates in the spring, “of how combining two components of design that rarely meet, in this case spacesuit engineering and general apparel design, creates innovative solutions that normally would not be apparent if these two worlds hadn’t met.”       The…

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Apparel and Graphic Design Students Attend International Symposium on Wearable Computing

Apparel and graphic design students from the College of Design, along with assistant professor Lucy Dunne (Apparel Design), attended the 2012 International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) in Newcastle, UK, June 18-22. Tony Carton (MFA Graphic Design) was awarded "Most Innovative Concept" for his context-aware signal glove. Using LED signals, the glove allows the bicyclist or motorcyclist to focus on riding, while the glove responds to and extends the visibility of the rider's hand gestures. "For bicycle and motorcycle riders, visibility is a constant concern for safe riding," explains Carton. "This illuminated riding glove uses off the shelf sensors to recognize common hand gestures used by riders and actuates appropriate LED patterns to enhance the visibility of the gesture."…

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