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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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