E-Textiles

Wearable Technology and E-Textiles with Helen S. Koo, Ph.D., University of California, Davis


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The purpose of this lecture is to explore wearable technologies, including smart materials and e-textiles, in terms of how these new technologies can be incorporated into fashion design. I demonstrate various techniques for developing clothing using wearable technologies. Participants will have a chance to experience smart materials via an array of samples. Recent research on wearable technologies includes the use of electrocardiography fabric sensors, fabric-based nanostructured sensors for disease diagnosis and symptom monitoring, transformable garments for sustainability, therapeutic healthcare clothing for children and obesity, and interactive entertaining clothing. The discussion includes future directions of wearable technology developments and design-driven multidisciplinary collaborations.

Helen Koo is an assistant professor of Design at the University of California, Davis, and teaches fashion design courses. Her research and creative activity interests include apparel design and product development, wearable technology, functional garments, and sustainable designs. She has conducted multidisciplinary funded research projects on developing functional clothing for sports, smart clothing with sensors for healthcare, protective garments for extreme environments, and clothing for special markets. She has actively exhibited her designs nationally and internationally. She won the award for the best exhibition in the wearable computing design competition of the IEEE-International Symposium of Wearable Computers for her development of health care smart clothing, and she also won several other national and international design competitions. Her recent works focus on developing sustainable smart clothing by applying new technologies for advanced aesthetic and functional values.