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Toronto Wearables Meetup 25: Libs Elliot and Guild Eyewear

This month our guest speakers were Elizabeth Elliot, textile designer, and Rod Fitzsimmons Frey, eyeglasses designer and maker.

Toronto Wearables Meetup 24: PUSH and Kiwi Wearables

Mike Lovas of PUSH gave a talk not only about the PUSH armband, which tracks reps, force, and other parameters of weightlifting, but he told us about his “crazy road” of bringing the PUSH product to market.  He outlined several areas of importance to the realization of PUSH, and that may equally be important to other designers and developers of wearable tech products:


Toronto Wearables Meetup 23: Izzy Camilleri, Maz Ghaderi and Ryan Maksymic

To kick off the return of the Toronto Wearables Meetup, we’ve brought in Canadian fashion designer Izzy Camilleri to speak about her newest label, IZ Adaptive.  IZ Adaptive is fashionable clothing for people in wheelchairs.  The line offers custom-made and common garments with inclusive design considerations. Much of the clothing on the market for people with various mobilities is geared toward the elderly, however there is a part of the population that have different mobility levels and who would like to dress in a more fashionable and contemporary way.

Social Body Lab at Toronto Maker Faire

The Social Body Lab spent Toronto Mini Maker Faire at Wychwood Barns. The event attracted an estimated 4000 guests, who poured in to look at robots, 3D printers, and of course, wearable electronics. With Nudgeables and Vega-X in tow, we talked to guests about our research, the university, and the ongoing Toronto Wearables Meetup. We created interactive displays where you could hold and touch the pieces, and check out the custom circuit boards.

Common Pulse Festival

Biometrics Workshop

Toronto Wearables Meetup 21: Francis LeBouthillier, Mandad Tabrizi, Stacie Vos

Francis LeBouthiller, an OCAD Professor and former Chair of Sculpture/Installation, has been busy making babies.   Silicone babies, that is.  In his year on sabbatical, LeBouthiller has been undertaking a research project in which he sculpts anatomically correct fetuses for use in training scenarios for surgeons.  When problems arise in the womb and a surgery is necessary, it is very difficult not to mention nerve-wracking for surgeons to operate, particularly with little or no prior experience.  By having anatomically-correct silicone fetuses, complete with fluids and all, surgeons can get

Toronto Wearables Meetup 20: Nick Puckett, Alex Beriault

Assistant Professor Nick Puckett begins by asking, “how does one take “hacking” into the realm of chemicals and smart materials?”  Rather than programming with electricity, Puckett’s interest has been in finding alternative ways to create materials that can sense and response to environmental stimuli using a method other than programming with electricity.  And so, he discovered and turned to shape memory polymers (SMA’s).

Toronto Wearables Meetup 19: Jorge Silva, Dr. Keryn Lian

This month we were fortunate to bring in Dr. Keryn Lian from University of Toronto’s Flexible Energy and Electronics Laboratory.  Lian provided an overview of the work conducted at the lab and the discussed her lab’s connection with wearable technology.  Her lab explores printing electronics alternatives to plastics and paper, specifically looking at the complete printing of organic crossbar electronics, switches and logic circuits.

Toronto Wearables Meetup 18: Holiday Hacking

What great cheer and merriment was had at our festive Holiday Hacking meetup! Wearables keeners and newbies alike arrived with gloves and mittens, and even glittens, to embed soft electronic circuits into their winter gear.  Participants had the freedom to create their own circuits or construct one based on our three “holiday hacks”:  “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” illuminated mittens for friends and lovers, “Toasty Digits” warming mittens, and simple touchscreen gloves or mittens.

Toronto Wearables Meetup 17: Carol Moukheiber, Christos Marcopoulos, David Cecchetto

This month Professor Carol Moukheiber and Assistant Professor Christos Marcopoulos from U of T’s Responsive Architecture at Daniel’s Lab (RAD Lab), and OCADU’s own Assistant Professor David Cecchetto joined us for a presentation and discussion on the “Internet of Things” and the human relationship to technology.

Toronto Wearables Meetup 16: Alex Williams, Seth Hardy, Carl Penny

In this installment of Toronto Wearables Meetup, we were joined by guest speakers  Alex Williams of Upverter along with Seth Hardy and Carl Penny of Site3 Co-Lab.  Alex began the night by discussing methods of sharing creations online, such as by using Etsy, Tindie (think “Etsy” for electronics), Thingiverse (for 3d printing and laser cutting), Github (code), and Subversion Repository.  He then introduced us to Upverter, a sharing tool for electronics design in which the user is able to design circuits and allow others to build the device

Toronto Wearables Meetup 15: Gregory Phillips and JP Rishea

Our September meetup was a smash hit!  Gregory Phillips, a recent OCAD graduate with a background in jewelry design gave us a detailed process of his 3D printed algorithmic jewelry designed using Rhino and a wonderful plugin called Grasshopper.  Greg shared with us his interest in generative design and his inspiration found in the complex forms of nature.

Toronto Wearables Meetup 13: Ariel Garten and Marie O'Mahony

Marie O’Mahony gave us an introduction to herself and her work in the field of Advanced Textiles.  She showed us the trajectory of developments in wearable tech in art and design from the early 90s to the current day, and her points of inquiry along the way.  She questioned the true “wearability” of some of the wearable works she came across, stating that in her belief that “it’s not wearable until you can put it in a washing machine and pull it out…until then, its just pulling things from your desk and chucking it in a backpack”.  Over time, though, there has been development in the applic


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MA Student Oksana Kachur authored the paper: Challenging contexts: Hearing the voice of residents and families in hospice care design research. The Paper discusses the role of sensory environments in influencing experiences of end of life care for patients and their families. Comfort in this setting may be linked to sensorial perceptions and may be enhanced by ambient technologies for residents and their families. Such technologies may facilitate difficult transitions and enhance experience in this treatment setting.


Interaction Design Professor Job Rutgers, along with Ryerson University's Sandeep Agrawal, will present the workshop "Toronto's Thorncliffe Park - a Welcoming Community?" at the 14th annual National Metropolis Conference (February 29 to March 3, Toronto). The conference is an annual forum where for researchers, policy makers and representatives from community and settlement organizations share and exchange knowledge and experience in the field of immigration and settlement.

Toronto Wearables Meetup 12: Rachael Kess, Ryan Taylor

“One is never so dangerous when one has no shame, than when one has grown too old to blush”  This quote by Marquis de Sade was, in part, the motivation for Rachel Kess to create her first wearable electronic work: a felted, blushing, animatronic mask called Snowman.  As an OCADU Fibre student within Material Art and Design,

Toronto Wearables Meetup 11: Marisa Ranalli

When Marisa Ranalli began making electronic garments, there were few resources available to her.  Arduino hadn’t quite hit the mass market yet, and the sewable Lilypad Arduino was still in development.  Conductive thread was available in only one size and kind, and was intended for the repair of fencing uniforms, not for sending power to patches of conductive felt, lighting up embedded LEDs.  Despite initial hurdles, Ranalli devised her own methods and techniques to get what she wanted from her work, seeking to cohesively bring together the world of textiles and electronics.  In Glow Worm,


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