Apparel and Graphic Design Students Attend International Symposium on Wearable Computing

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Thumbnail image for rightTurn.jpgApparel 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."

Also exhibited at ISWC was Solar Panel Family, a collection of 3 solar-powered garments designed by Silvia Guttmann, Sara Lopez, and Dziyana Zhyhar; Silent Love, a child's interactive hoodie that helps a hearing-impaired child communicate with a hearing child designed by Silvia Guttmann and Dziyana Zhyhar; Re-configurable E-Textiles Garment, a modular garment that provides interface flexibility for astronauts (NASA sponsored) by Kaila Bibeau, Lucie Mulligan, and Ashton Frith; Multi-modal Wearable Alarm System, a garment that delivers warning signals in three modalities for astronauts (NASA sponsored) by Jessica Loomis, Grace Lorig, and Mai Yang; and Fairy Tale Kinetic Dress, a dress that uses a servo motor to create moving embellishments by Helen Koo.

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  • Additional photos and information about Carton's signal glove on his website

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