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Toronto Wearables Meetup

The Toronto Wearables Meetup is a monthly lecture series and gathering of people interested in wearable technology, fashion, wearable electronics, soft circuits, electronic textiles, emerging materials, and other creative and innovative approaches to things that live on the body.  This Meetup is a gathering for artists, fashion designers, industrial designers, textile enthusiasts, engineers, researchers, students, and anyone interested in these emerging and intersecting fields.

Upcoming Meetup

Toronto Wearables Meetup 32
March 25 2015, 7pm - 9pm

OCAD on Richmond
49 McCaul St            
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

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Amira Routledge on Stilt Culture, Wearable Tech and Body Augmentation

In this talk Amira Routledge will be showing a collection of images and video of stilting cultures from different times and places around the world. Through this, she will look at the intersections of wearable tech, body augmentation and stilting. The images and stories from the history of stilting are inspiring, as are the stilt theatres of today involving mechanical and technical elements with giant costumes and puppetry. 

Amira Routledge is a multi-media artist working in theatre, circus, and visual arts. She has a BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria and moved to Toronto in 2003, when she began a career as a costume and set designer as well as a production artist. In 2010 Amira dove into the creation of community-engaged outdoor theatre and puppetry with Clay & Paper Theatre, finding her passion for circus and theatre converging there. Raised on dance classes then exposed to circus and flow arts in the early 2000's, Amira came into the life of a professional stilt performer from the ground up; through friends, community "circus jams", and local vaudeville cabaret culture. Since launching a circus troupe in 2008, an outdoor theatre company in 2012, and her own company "Stiltcore" in 2014, Amira is poised to produce exciting new stilt theatre in Toronto.  

Clement Zhou of FuelWear

FuelWear Smart Apparel Inc. designs and sells intelligent winter clothing with active heat regulation. FuelWear’s first product- the Flame Baselayer showed the world that clothing can be intelligent too and you don’t have to sacrifice warmth for fashion or an active lifestyle. FuelWear will continue challenging the traditional way of thinking clothes and release more intelligent active products that power your winter experience without compromises. Clement Zhou studies Energy Systems in Engineering Science at University of Toronto. Clement is currently using his business minor towards growing FuelWear's operation as the CEO of the company.

Toronto Wearables Meetup 31
January 21 2015, 7pm - 9pm

OCAD on Richmond
49 McCaul St            
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

 

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Isabel Pedersen, Decimal Lab, University of Ontario

Isabel Pedersen is a Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture and is the director of the Decimal Lab at the University of Ontario where she also holds a position as an Associate Professor of Communication Studies. She is the author of Ready to Wear: A Rhetoric of Wearable Computers and Reality-Shifting Media, which explores how carryable, wearable, and implantable technologies impact the ways that people interact with one another and participate in culture. Her Decimal Lab is funded by a Canadian Foundation for Innovation Grant and she also holds a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant for her research in reality-shifting media. Currently, she is researching critical dystopian film, transhumanist pondering, and brain interfaces that promise us futures that seem dramatically divergent from our current lives.

Jennifer Allison, The Art and Sole Academy

The Art and Sole Academy is the first shoemaking school in Canada to offer classes and workshops for those interested in learning the art of shoemaking. The Academy was founded by Canadian designer and shoemaker Jennifer Allison in 2014 with the goal in mind to make shoemaking accessible to a general audience.

Jennifer is originally from North Bay, Ontario and fell into the shoe industry unexpectedly after studying Fashion Design at Ryerson University in Toronto Canada. Upon graduation, she has had the opportunity to live and work throughout Canada, United States, South America, Asia and Europe fine tuning her shoemaking skills and gaining industry experience designing for various companies. Her work has been featured in many publications such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, In Style, Elle and Flare magazine to name a few and has been worn by many reputable icons such as, Cameron Diaz, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively and Rihanna.

 

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 30
November 19 2014, 7pm - 9pm

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St            
Room 7402 (4th floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

 

AmpGear, Rickee Charbonneau, OCADU Graduate Candidate

AmpGear is a 3D printed prosthetic hand with interchangeable attachments. It aims to completely shift the paradigm of limb replacement from the current, strictly bound, and nearly obsessive aim to replicate hand function, towards an open discourse of prostheses as accessory tools. This project involves the use of 3D printing technology to allow for the prosthetic hand and its attachments to be quickly and cheaply printed at home with a desktop 3D printer, such as the Makerbot, or through a local 3D printing service.

Rickee Charbonneau is a recent graduate of the Digital Futures undergraduate program at OCAD U. As a digital media designer, Rickee is especially interested in the use of new and upcoming technologies (ie. 3D printing, wearable technology, game design) to creatively solve challenges.  As a student in the Inclusive Design masters program at OCAD U, Rickee’s current research interest is in eHealth and mHealth applications and how they can be more inclusively designed to then be more broadly adopted by users.

Peak Skis, Ken Leung of Normative

Peak Skis is an R&D project at Normative focussing on the development of sensor-enhanced, network-ready skis capable of measuring various aspects of the skier’s performance. Ken will discuss the experience of developing both the physical ski prototypes and an accompanying mobile app for skiers, as well as the challenges around designing software which networks with sensor-enabled devices — such as determining what data is most meaningful to measure, how to integrate mobile app design with hardware design, and designing an experience that is ambient and seamless.

Ken is a multidisciplinary designer from Toronto with a passion for creating meaningful interactive experiences across a variety of mediums: from web and mobile software, to smart environments, wearable tech, and physical computing. He has worked for over 8 years as both a designer and software developer in a variety of corporate, healthcare, and academic research environments. He also studied Industrial Design and Digital Media at OCAD University, and holds a Psychology degree from the University of Toronto.  Ken currently works as an interaction designer at Normative, in Toronto.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 29
October 22 2014, 7pm - 9pm

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St            
Room 7401 (4th floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

 

Robert Tu of ‘MeU’

MeU is an open-source wearable LED display that you can put into any piece of clothing including shirts, dresses, jackets, and even bags.  It can display text and graphics all using your smartphone via Bluetooth.  MeU has many applications including  bike safety, fashion and information sharing.  

Robert Tu is the creator of MeU. He started off his career as an electrical engineer after obtaining his Bachelor of Applied Science in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo. He worked in the manufacturing field for a number of years before transitioning into information technology sales at IBM. After working at IBM for nearly five years he decided to pursue his passion in design and went back to school to OCAD University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Design in 2013 and has since founded MeU.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 28
September 26 2014, 5pm - 8pm

OCADU Graduate Gallery
205 Richmond St., ground floor, (enter on Duncan Street)

Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

 

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Special book launch event!

From O'Reilly.com:

What if your clothing could change color to complement your skin tone, respond to your racing heartbeat, or connect you with a loved one from afar?

Welcome to the world of shoes that can dynamically shift your height, jackets that display when the next bus is coming, and neckties that can nudge your business partner from across the room. Whether it be for fashion, function, or human connectedness, wearable electronics can be used to design interactive systems that are intimate and engaging.

Make: Wearable Electronics is intended for those with an interest in physical computing who are looking to create interfaces or systems that live on the body. Perfect for makers new to wearable tech, this book introduces you to the tools, materials, and techniques for creating interactive electronic circuits and embedding them in clothing and other things you can wear.

Each chapter features experiments to get you comfortable with the technology and then invites you to build upon that knowledge with your own projects. Fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions and images of amazing creations made by artists and professional designers, this book offers a concrete understanding of electronic circuits and how you can use them to bring your wearable projects from concept to prototype.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 27
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St            
Room 7401 (4th floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

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Loretta Faveri, SoMo

Loretta Faveri is an emerging Canadian artist and designer working in wearable technology and textile arts. She is a recent graduate of OCAD University (OCADU) with a BDes in Material Art & Design.  With the assistance of OCADU's Social Body Lab and the Imagination Catalyst she founded Sonic Wear, a design studio that has developed a wireless, wearable sensor that generates real-time sound through body movement.  The device is called SoMo, and Sonic Wear is partnering with the Studio for Movement and Ballet Jorgen to use SoMo to develop a dynamic and integrated approach to teaching creative movement and music.

Robert Tu, MeU

Robert Tu is the founder and CEO of RTD which was established in June 2013. Robert started off his career as an electrical engineer after obtaining his Bachelor of Applied Science in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo. Robert was accepted into OCADU's Imagination Catalyst, and the MeU is the product of his time in the incubator.

MeU is a wearable LED display that can be put into clothing, bags and other wearable accessories. It is composed of a flexible LED matrix display and is controlled by a smartphone. There are several applications for MeU including safety, marketing and artistic performances. For safety applications MeU makes the wearer more visible at night which is ideal for cyclists, construction workers and police officers. MeU can also be used for creative purposes such as fashion shows, artist events and performance art.

Michael Vaughan, Lynxio

Mike Vaughan is the co-founder and product designer of Lynxio, a fully integrated electronic physiotherapy system that can be used to gather raw data from the body. He is a graduate of OCADU's Industrial Design program and was accepted into OCADU's Imagination Catalyst incubator to continue his research in physiotherapy and wearable technology.  Lynxio is the product of this research.

Lynxio works as a mobile application in combination with a knee brace with embedded electronics. The application provides physiotherapy patients with their exercise routines, progress reports, therapists notes, and information on specific exercises.  The data gathered from the movements and is then used to improve therapy results and reduce recovery time. All of the data is pushed to the patients physiotherapist who can then analyze the data and make better, more informed decisions about effective treatment.

Social Body Lab, Prosthetics of Being

The Social Body Lab is OCADU's research lab for wearable technologies.  The lab looks to the human body as a starting point from which to consider how humans interface with and relate to the world around them. Beyond the basic functionality of incorporating technology into clothing, the Social Body Lab focuses on meaningful and provocative interactions, questioning the relationship between humans and technology through working prototypes and fully manifested projects.

Social Body Lab research assistants will present completed prototypes for conceptual wearables commissioned by Intel Research, exploring the concept of "technology as prosthesis".  Expect wings that flap, hoods that deploy themselves, and textiles with morphing surface design.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 26
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St            
Room 7401 (4th floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

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Eric Boyd, Sensebridge

North Paw is a compass anklet created by Sensebridge that vibrates to tell the wearer which way is North.  It provides a haptic sense of direction.  Customers purchase the North Paw kits, which they have to solder together themselves.  From 2009 to 2010, Eric bought parts and stuffed kits for North Paw himself, in his bedroom.  In the fall of 2010, he began working with a Chinese company to have the kits made in China.  As with all manufacturing, the devil was in the details.  In this talk, Eric will discuss the process of having a product “made in China”. Eric Boyd is the founder of Sensebridge, a wearable electronics company., and is President of hacklab.to, a technology community space.  

Alex Haagaard, Designer/Artist

Alex Haagaard is a designer and artist based in Toronto. She received her M.Des. in Interdisciplinary Design from OCAD U in 2013. Alex works at the interstices of science and technology studies, industrial design and jewellery design. Her main research interests lie in the design of medical and assistive devices, in particular, participatory design approaches to engaging with the conflicting needs of the multiple user groups involved with medical things. She is currently continuing with research related to her M.Des. thesis project, and is planning to pursue a Ph.D. at Lancaster University, studying the epistemic and sociological implications of the situated boundary role of medical identification jewellery.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 25
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St            
Room 7401 (4th floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

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Elizabeth Elliot, Textile Artist

Elizabeth (Libs) Elliott is a textile artist taking a forward-thinking approach to merging technology with traditional craft by using generative design to build handmade quilts. The importance of craftsmanship, respecting the past and looking to the future are all reflected in her work. She studied Material Art & Design at OCAD University in 1996 and continues to live and work in Toronto, Canada. Most recently, her work has been featured on Gizmodo.com. 

Rod Fitzsimmons Frey, GUILD Eyewear

Guild Eyewear is a Toronto-based company that provides you with the tools to create your own one-of-a-kind glasses and sunglasses.  Using custom in-browser software, customers can use a photo of their face along with specific measurements to customize the outer frame, lens, or arm of a pair of glasses.  Customers can also choose colours, patterns, hinges and lenses to create a pair of glasses that are uniquely their own.  Glasses frames are then CNC-milled, assembled and mounted with lenses, and then shipped directly to the customer.  

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 24
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St            
Room 7401 (4th floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

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Mike Lovas, PUSH

PUSH is a fitness tracking device that measures reps, force, speed, volume load and explosive strength, among other qualities of weight lifting.  It monitors data wirelessly through an accompanying app which allows you to share information with friends.  It also offers a mode for coaches to track their athletes in real-time during training.  It’s a revolution for sports and fitness.

Mike Lovas is the Chief Design Officer and a co-founder of PUSH, a fit-tech start-up based out of MaRS. He has a background in Biomedical Engineering and is just about finished a degree in Industrial Design from OCAD U. Mike has worked on a number of wearable tech projects, including designing an EEG monitor for concussion diagnostics for a medical company, and working on a system for teaching mindfulness to teens with mental illness for the Mobile Experience Lab at OCAD U.

Zaki Patel, Kiwi Wearables

Kiwi Wearable Technologies’ first product, the Kiwi Move, is a circuit board that contains motion, temperature, sound and altitude sensors, and connects wirelessly to the Kiwi online platform. Whether it is worn on a piece of clothing, in a strap or carried in a case, the Move is designed to make wearers’ lives happier, healthier and more convenient.  The Move seamlessly integrates with an easy-to-use mobile application which gives wearers the power to use a gesture to interact with a home entertainment or lighting system, tap the Move to control a household appliance, use the microphone to record a voice memo, leverage the motion sensors to detect, record and analyze their daily activities and so much more. The Kiwi Move is open by design and enables developers of all skill levels to build innovative wearable technology applications without having to manufacture hardware.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 23
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St            
Room 7401 (4th floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

Izzy Camilleri, IZ Adaptive Collection

As one of Canada’s top fashion designers, Izzy Camilleri has been in the fashion business for 30 years. Establishing herself as a premier designer in both Canadian and international fashion scenes, Camilleri creates collections that are inspiring, iconic, polished and modern. In 2006, Camilleri won the Fashion Designer of the Year award and in 2009 she became an industry pioneer through the launch of the revolutionary IZ Adaptive Collection, a line of adaptive apparel designed for people with physical disabilities who use a wheelchair. All adaptations closely follow the seated line of the body eliminating excess fabric bulk from the front, sides and back resulting in a streamlined, polished look. The design features of this contemporary yet classic collection make dressing effortless for both the wearer and assistant.

Maz Ghaderi and Ryan Maksymic, OCADU Graduate Candidates

Sufism is a mystical divergence rooted in Islam and is characterized with shamanism, poetic thought, and a display of devotion to The Beloved through prayer, mediation and song. Due to its esoteric, peaceful and apolitical nature, Sufism, and most notably Rumi’s work, has gained quite a following in the West. Dissolving Self employs metaphoric data visualization, motion capture and wearable technology to harness the subtle movements of a contemporary dancer.  Maz Ghaderi and Ryan Maksymic are both OCADU Digital Futures Graduate Candidates.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 22
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St            
Room 7301 (3rd floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

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SPECIAL EVENT: Social Body Lab Research Projects

SoMo Dance Sensors

Like JLo, the name SoMo is a blending of two words, sound and movement. These words are the foundation of the product; a wearable device that generates real time sound through body movement. Wearing SoMo is a playful, engaging and interactive experience that inspires creative movement. It can be used for live performances or within an educational setting. Loretta Faveri is an emerging artist and designer working in wearable technology and textile arts. In 2012 Loretta formed SonicWear, a small design studio aimed at developing wearable sensors for dancers.  SoMo, their first prototype, consists of footwear that enables dancers to generate sound through their movements. 

Nudgeables Accessory Kits

Sometimes we need secret codes to communicate with our friends, partners, or colleagues while in the company of a larger group of people: a nudge, a cough, a scratch of the nose; something that says “save me from this conversation”, “let’s get out of here”, or “I’m thinking of you”.  What if our clothing could communicate these messages for us? Created by the Social Body Lab, the Nudgeables Accessory Kit is a modular hardware kit for creating paired sets of wireless wearable accessories.  By creatively embedding wireless communication into yours and your partner’s garments/accessories, you are able to secretly “nudge” each other at a distance.

Vega-X Bike Lights

Being seen at night is a huge concern for cyclists. Danger arises when lights are stolen, or left at home, leaving the rider vulnerable. While there are several lights on the market that are worn on the body, their aesthetic is more suited to deer hunting than bar hopping. The Social Body Lab, along with fashion designer Angella Mackey, have been researching ways to create bicycle lights that are stylish, modular, and worn on the body. They have been investigating materials, light diffusion, fabrication technologies, circuitry and fastening. Ultimately, you won’t forget to bring your lights when they blend seamlessly into your wardrobe.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 21
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St            
Room 7301 (3rd floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

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Francis LeBouthillier, OCAD University

Francis LeBouthillier is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist and designer who uses traditional approaches to figurative sculpture along with new technologies to build training devices for the medical industry. Since 1989, Francis has been a Professor at OCAD University, where he is cross-appointed within the Faculties of Art and Design. He chaired the Sculpture/Installation Program from 2007 to 2012.  For the past 10 years, Francis has also designed and manufacturedhigh-fidelity surgical simulators and medical models. Working in collaboration with medical research partners, that include research teams at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, Women's College Hospital, and the University of Toronto's Surgical Skills Lab, he has developed several simulators that are integral to refining the surgical techniques of obstetricians worldwide.

Stacie Vos

Stacie Vos is an intern architect at Cindy Rendely Architexture, a studio with a focus on materiality, craft and detailing, as well as a Researcher for RAD, the Responsive Architecture at Daniels laboratory. She is currently designing and constructing Micro-Environment Gear. Building on current research in wearable computing and the increasing proliferation of self-monitoring health initiatives, this project merges the performance of medical gear with fashion’s affordance for self augmentation and personal expression.  Stacie holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from McGill University.

Mandad Tabrizi, Heal.X Innovation

Originally from Tehran, Iran, Mandad Tabrizi studied Industrial Design at the Ontario College of Arts and Design, where he earned a BDes in 2012. He also has a background in kinesiology and sports medicine. He has won multiple design awards and helped a number of startup companies with their design strategy and user experience challenges. He is currently a participant of Imagination Catalyst incubator at OCADU, where he founded his medical design startup HEAL.X INNOVATION that focuses on orthopaedic immobilization devices for bone fractures and musculoskeletal injuries. His design process is based on a core belief that in order to be able to innovate in any field, we must challenge the things we take for granted.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 20
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St            
Room 7301 (3rd floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

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Nick Puckett, OCAD University

Nick Puckett is the founding director of AltN Research+Design, a design practice focused on creating dynamic links between software, robotics, biological agents, chemical engineering, and material behavior that generate new potentials for the design of intelligent environments.  The work of AltN Research has been exhibited in venues including the Venice Architecture Biennale, International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville, and the Art Institute of Chicago.  The work has also been published in the books including Fabricate: Making Digital ArchitectureHyperlinks, and the forthcoming Inside Smart Geometry.  Nick is currently an Assistant Professor in the Digital Futures Initiative at OCAD, and has previously taught within departments of architecture, design, chemical and electrical engineering, and computer science.

Alex Beriault, Artist

Alex Beriault is currently attending her fifth year at OCAD University majoring in Sculpture/Installation art, and pursuing a double minor in Drawing & Painting, and Wearable Technology. Since 2011, and while exploring her art practice, Alex has worked as an art model and has utilized this knowledge to contribute to her philosophies on the discourses of collaborative experience. Throughout her years at OCAD, her work has explored conceptual avenues through performative installation, considering the relationships of the ‘immobilized motilities’ of the human form. Alex attempts to create visual dialogues through the physical merge between the body and the prosthesis, and questions how this unconventional relationship creates interruptions in the perception of self and the interactions with our social surroundings.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 19

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St            
Room 7301 (3rd floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

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Jorge Silva, Inclusive Design Research Centre (OCADU) & Komodo OpenLab

Jorge is an Inclusive Tech Developer at the Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University and Technical Lead at OCAD U’s spin-off Komodo OpenLab. As a recovering academic, he codes and lays out circuit board traces to avoid relapsing. Jorge is most proud of his work with Tecla, a set of tools that provides access to mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, for those who are unable to manipulate them due to disease or disability. Jorge believes open source is one of the best ways to empower marginalized communities to “scratch their own itch” (as he was recently seen preaching at TEDx MontréalQuartierLatin).

Dr. Keryn Lian, Flexible Energy and Electronics Laboratory, University of Toronto

Dr. Keryn Lian is an Associate Professor and director of Flexible Energy and Electronics lab (F.E.E.lab) at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Toronto.  In the F.E.E.lab, Dr. Lian and her students are conducting research on novel materials to enable light-weight, thin, and flexible energy storage and electronic technologies.  Prior to joining UofT, she was a distinguished member of the technical staff and Manager at Motorola Labs, where she conducted and led research in energy storage, RF-MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) and microfluidics with advanced printed wiring board (PWB) technologies.  She has published about 70 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and holds 35 issued US patents.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 18
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St            
Room 7301 (3rd floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

You are invited to attend the next TWM with a pair of mittens to make some seriously HOT alterations including our “Toasty Digits” self-warming mittens circuit (how else are you going to keep your phalanges warm?), “Seasonal Swiping” touchscreen-compatible fingertips, and our “Nothing’s Gunna Stop Us Now” illuminated mitten sets for friends and lovers!  We will supply materials such as conductive fabric, conductive thread, battery holders, batteries and leds, however if you’d like to construct a fancier circuit then please consider visiting Creatron (255 College Ave.) for a few additional materials:

“Toasty Digits” Self-Warming Mittens requires 1 or 2 small heating pads (Creatron, $7 ea), and a 9V battery
 
“Nothing’s Gunna Stop Us Now” Illuminated Mittens requires Sewable Lilypad LEDs (Creatron, $1 ea), Lily Twinkle (optional, Creatron, $7 ea). 

Don’t forget your mittens (or gloves)!

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 17
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St
Room 7301 (3rd floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

David Cecchetto, OCAD University
David Cecchetto is an Assistant Professor at OCAD University. He has published a number of chapters and articles, co-edited a collection, and has a monograph titled Humanesis: Sound and Posthumanism forthcoming in 2013 with the University of Minnesota Press. David completed his Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Cultural, Social, and Political theory at the University of Victoria, where his dissertation garnered both the University's and Canada's top honours. As an artist working with sound, he has presented work internationally.

Carol Moukheiber and Christos Marcopoulos, U of T RAD Lab

Carol Moukheiber is Assistant Professor and Director of the Master of Urban Design program at the University of Toronto's Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. She is also co-founder and partner in the architecture practice Studio NMinusOne (n-1). She has previously worked in the offices of SOM, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, San Francisco, New York, and Bruce Mau Design, Toronto. At the domestic scale, her work has focused on the home as an immersive environment – one capable of generating new physical and emotional experiences -- through the enhancement or recalibration of its infrastructure, or set of programs. She is the co-editor of Wild Wild Urbanism, Redesigning California [CCA 2006], and co-author of The Living, Breathing, Thinking Responsive Buildings of the Future [Thames & Hudson]. Her design work has been acquired by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and published widely in academic and mainstream media including Praxis Journal of Architecture, Domus, The New York Times Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. She is the recipient of a Canada Foundation for Innovation grant providing support for the newly launched RAD, Responsive Architecture at Daniels laboratory. Studio NMinusOne has been selected by the New York Architectural League for their Emerging Voices lecture series, 2012.

Christos Marcopoulos is Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto's Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. He is also co-founder and partner in the architecture practice Studio NMinusOne (n-1).  Christos has extensive professional working experience having worked in the offices of OMA, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam, led by Rem Koolhaas, and SOM, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, San Francisco. His technical expertise has been instrumental in the development of Studio NMinusOne’s projects. His work on the domestic environment has been acquired by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is the co-editor of Wild Wild Urbanism, Redesigning California [CCA 2006], and co-author of The Living, Breathing, Thinking Responsive Buildings of the Future [Thames & Hudson]. His built work has been published widely in academic and mainstream media including Praxis Journal of Architecture, Domus, The New York Times Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. Studio NMinusOne has been selected by the New York Architectural League for their Emerging Voices lecture series, 2012.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 16
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St
Room 7301 (3rd floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

Seth Hardy and Carl Penny - Site3 CoLab
Seth's background in technology is the basis for his focus on what he's told is best described as "industrial and mixed-media interactive sculpture," but is probably better summarized as "giant interactive flamethrower things." He works primarily with fire art and lighting installations that involve physical engagement with technology, providing participants with very personalized experiences. As one of the founders of the community workshop Site 3 coLaboratory, Seth is dedicated to his vision of bringing people in the arts and technology fields together to collaborate, teach, and learn. He also serves on the board of directors for the BurnT OUT Interactive Arts Society, and has an unrelated day job somewhere in there, too.
 
Carl started out as a student of science and technology; now moving to art and design. He mostly creates things that can be worn. Little traditional fabric is used; alternative materials (rubber, metal, plastic, leather) and as many high tech toys (tools) that he can get hands on. Add to this a fascination with LED lights, attention to detail and a bucket of patience.
 
Alex Williams - Upverter.com
Upverter is a design and collaboration platform for students, engineers, designers, inventors, makers and hackers. Upverter makes it easy to design and share electronics on the web.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 15
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St
Room 7301 (3rd floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

JP Rishea
With over 10 years of experience tinkering with gizmos, gadgets, and doodads, JP Rishea created a small business called Bionic Concepts that sells wearable animatronic and robotic gadgets combining fashion and function.  The line began with powered mechanical wings and later evolved into sci-fi robotic armour and CO2 powered gadgets.  As a child with a strong interest in robotics JP made good use of pneumatic lego actuators to create a small walking robot, a mechanical hand, a joystick controlled mechanical arm, and a lego arm wrestling machine.  Trading lego for plastic and metal JP moved on to larger walking robots and the more marketable gadgets he now sells on his website, including deployable mechanical angel wings, armour with flat panel lights, an arm mounted grappler claw and an exoskeleton gauntlet, to name a few.

Gregory Phillips
Gregory Phillips is a Toronto-based jewellery artist-designer, a graduate of George Brown College's Jewellery Arts program (2006-2009) and OCADU's Material Art & Design program (2012). His background in both traditional, apprentice-modelled goldsmithing and the interdisciplinary approach has spurred his most recent efforts: To synthesize craft, direct digital manufacturing, and the role of the maker in shaping new technologies. An administrator of Wikipedia since 2004, Phillips believes the values shared between the open source and craft communities point to a convergence of purpose ready for exploration.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 14
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St
Room 7301 (3rd floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

Faye Mullen
Often within a dissection of architectural space, Faye Mullen employs the body to speculate theories concerning absence, loss and limitation.  Her work has been informed by her sculptural practice and is often combined with performance, video and installation. Her phenomenological investigations are articulated through durational and poetic imagery.

Mullen grew up bilingually in the Niagara Region, Canada. She studied studio art with an emphasis in sculpture at l’école National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France and at the Ontario College of Art & Design and University of Toronto where she received her BFA and Masters.

Mullen has exhibited internationally in solo and curated group exhibitions in Paris, Seoul, Portland, Melbourne and Toronto and has participated in international artist residencies in Canada, United States and South Korea.  She is the founder of minnow & bass Gallery, a nomadic artist-run space currently dormant.  Currently, Faye situates her practice in Toronto.

Mike Doell
Mike Doell is a Toronto-based Industrial Designer who recently started working in the field of wearable electronics.  Mike created the iCufflinks and iPendant with Phil Torrone and Limor Fried of Adafruit Industries.  He is currently providing design and manufacturing support to Adafruit Industries on new product development.  Mike has a wide variety of experience in areas such as medical devices, sub-cutaneous implants, and consumer electronics in both design and production.

Toronto Wearables Meetup 13
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St
Room 7301 (3rd floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

Ariel Garten, Chief Executive Officer, InteraXon

If there ever was a gap between science, art, business and technology, Ariel has closed it. Her work converts the workings of the mind into tangible solutions. Ariel has researched at the Krembil Neuroscience Institute studying hippocampal neurogenesis, displayed work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, DeLeon White Gallery, and designed a clothing line that opened Toronto Fashion Week. The intersections of these diverse interests have culminated into various lectures with topics such as “The Neuroscience of Aesthetics” and “The Neuroscience of Conflict, featured on TVO's Big Ideas.  Referred to as the “Brain Guru” by Now Magazine, CBC Radio and the Toronto Star, Ariel has also run a successful real estate business, spent time as the designer and owner of Canadian fashion boutique, Flavourhall, and is a practicing psychotherapist.

Marie O'Mahony, Professor of Advanced Textiles for Fashion Design, OCAD University

"The Soft Machine – Design in the Cyborg Age" -- The term cyborg was first coined by Manfred E. Clynes and Nathan S. Kline in 1960 for a man-machine hybrid that would survive in an extraterrestrial environment.  Derived from ‘cybernetics’ (Greek for ‘steersman’) and ‘organism’,  Cybernetics refers to the study of control systems and comparison between artificial and biological systems.  The significance of the human is as host to the technology.  This presentation looks at the origins, motivation and development of the cyborg.  It includes the quest for immortality and artificial life as well as mythologies, prosthetics, portable environments and right up to the most recent research and developments in wearable technologies.

Marie O’Mahony is Professor of Advanced Textiles for Fashion Design at OCADU in Toronto and Visiting Professor at University of the Arts London.   She was previously Professor of Advanced Textiles for Fashion Design at UTS in Sydney where she also served on the Australian Government’s Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry Innovation Council (TCFIIC) from 2009-2011.  Marie is the author and co-author of five books including Cyborg – the Man Machine (2002), TechnoTextiles2 (2006) and most recent Advanced Textiles for Health and Well-Being (2011) all published by Thames and Hudson.  Exhibitions curated include The Soft Machine – Design in the Cyborg Age at The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and TechnoThreads at the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 12
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Social Body Lab
at OCAD University
205 Richmond St W
Room 7514, 5th floor
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1

Rachael Kess is a fibre student at OCAD University and she wants to start a holistic revolution. Working with the idea that bodies are the one thing that we have in common, Rachael likes to subvert technology in order to engage her viewers/participants in a critical dialogue about how balance can be found between body and technology. She makes masks and puppets using wet/needle felting, weaving and electronics and uses her electro-textile objects in performance, often while naked. Rachael started making masks and puppets in order to connect her teaching/healing practice with her creative practice. When not naked and masked, Rachael teaches yoga and practices Thai yoga massage fully clothed.

Ryan Taylor is a graduate goldsmith, chief designer & co-founder of the Fair Trade Jewellery Company (FTJCo) which by Valentines day 2011 was the only company in North America, and only one of a handful internationally to produce using Fairtrade Fairmined Certified gold. Ryan’s documentary about these metals 'The Last Gold Rush' is available online:

He currently sits as Co-Chair of the Responsible Jewellery Council’s (RJC) Standards Committee which has published the industry’s first Chain of Custody system for Gold & Platinum metals, and has recently taken on the role of Chair for the RJC’s sub-committee on Diamond Chain of Custody.  In March Ryan will continue his work visiting artisanal Diamond miners in Central African Republic & Liberia with the US State Dept. & USAid as part of a program called PRADD (Property Rights and Artisanal Diamond Development). An initiative much like Fairtrade Fairmined which could improve the lives and rights of workers and their communities.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 11
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Social Body Lab
at OCAD University
205 Richmond St W
6th Floor, Room 7602
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1

Marisa Ranalli is an electronic textile artist. She focuses on relating interaction with her work to themes of deep sea life, human biology, and light. Marisa’s intimate knowledge of textile processes and construction allows her to integrate electronic components into textiles in an aesthetically pleasing and functional manner. Through design consideration and intricate construction, the electronic components become part of the textile, making the distinction unrecognizable.

Marisa has had her work displayed at the Textile Museum of Canada in an exhibition called 'Super Wired' (2008). She has also shown her explorations in electronic textiles at a solo show titled ‘Siphonophorae’ at the Anna Leonowens Gallery (2010). Marisa is a graduate of the Crafts and Design program at Sheridan College (2009) and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2010), majoring in Textiles at both.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 10
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
7:00 PM to 9:00 P

Social Body Lab
at OCAD University
205 Richmond St W
6th Floor, Room 7602
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1

Ever wanted to play with conductive paint, make conductive pom-poms, and experiment with paper circuits? In this special installation of the Toronto Wearables Meetup, we invite you to celebrate the holiday season with us and a pile of conductive materials. We will show you how to construct paper circuit holiday cards for friends and loved ones -- even your dog Skippy. There will be a special presentation by Eric Boyd focusing on new materials on the market. The rest of the time will be hands-on fun and experimentation in the spirit of the holidays. P.S.There will be cookies.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 9
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Social Body Lab
at OCAD University
205 Richmond St W
6th Floor, Room 7602
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1

Isabel Pedersen B.A., M.A., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Design at Ryerson University.  Pedersen’s research explores reality-shifting media (wearable devices and the intent to augment the real with the virtual). It attends to justifications for near as well as far future reality-shifting devices like brain interfaces and augmented memory applications in order to understand the (trans)human implications for society. Isabel will be speaking about her research in this area.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 8
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Social Body Lab
at OCAD University
205 Richmond St W
6th Floor, Room 7602
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1

Jessica Thompson is a media artist whose projects facilitate social situations in public space through sound, performance and wearable technologies.  Her studio practice involves the creation of interactive sound pieces that audience members are invited to borrow and use within urban environments, and large-scale collaborative performances.

Her work has been shown in numerous national and international exhibitions and festivals such as ISEA 2006 (San Jose, CA), FINE/LINE (Denmark), the Conflux Festival (New York), the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art, (Toronto) and most recently at the Norsk Teknisk Museum (Oslo).  Her projects have appeared in publications such as Canadian Art, c Magazine, Acoustic Territories, and numerous art and technology blogs. She holds a BFA in Visual Art from York University in Toronto and an MFA in Emerging Practices from SUNY at Buffalo.

The H2.0 Collective consists of OCAD art and design students Loretta Faveri, Joanne Jin, Michael Vaughn and Chris Holborn. The Collective launched their first exhibition at Nuit Blanche 2011, for which they designed a series of anthropomorphic dresses that interact with viewer’s movement, speech, and proximity.  Through this work the H2.0 Collective raises the issue of modern society’s reliance on technologies to represent one’s sentiments, while at the same time humouring and impressing the viewer with the capabilities of wearable soft circuits encased in their clever designs.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 7
Monday, May 23, 2011
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Social Body Lab
at OCAD University
205 Richmond St W
6th Floor, Room 7602
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1

Jeremy Bailey is a Toronto-based new media artist whose work explores custom software in a performative context. Powered by humor and computer vision, his work wryly critiques the uneasy relationship between technology and the body while playfully engaging the protocols of digital media (Greg J Smith, Rhizome). His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and festivals internationally including recent exhibitions at Tate Liverpool, The Nam June Paik Art Center in South Korea, the Zero01 San Jose Biennial, and NIMk in Amsterdam. He received his MFA in Art Media Studies from Syracuse University in 2006.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 6
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Social Body Lab
at OCAD University
205 Richmond St W
6th Floor, Room 7602
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1

Angella Mackey is an independent Canadian clothing designer currently based in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Angella studied, practised, and played in the field of new media and electronic art for almost a decade in Toronto, Canada. In 2007 she set her sights on clothing, inspired by artists working with soft electronics and textiles. Since then her mission has been to create hyper-functional garments, never sacrificing style. Angella’s Vega line of illuminated coats debuted in March 2011.

 

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 5
Monday, October 4, 2010
7:00 PM

Site 3
718r Ossington Ave
Toronto, Ontario
Canada

Sean Montgomery was born in Northern California and is currently living outside New York City. He has recently completed a PhD in Neuroscience, in which he studied how brain rhythms coordinate local and distant networks of neurons in the hippocampus to orchestrate encoding and retrieval of episodic memories.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 4
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 
7:00 PM

Interaccess
9 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, Ontario

Eric Boyd, Sensebridge

Eric Boyd is the founder of Sensebridge, an electronic jewelry company.  He was born and raised in Ontario Canada, on a small chicken farm.  He attended Queens University for engineering, graduating in 2003, but not before co-founding StumbleUpon.com. After graduating, he lived and worked in Silicon Valley at a high tech startup, designing industrial sensors and helping install them at semi-conductor fabs across the United States.  He now lives and works in Toronto Canada, where he is President of Hacklab.to, a technology community space.  At Sensebridge, Eric works on a variety of devices which are intended to augment the user, turning them into a cyborg.  These devices include North Paw, a compass anklet that gives users a sense of direction, and Heart Spark, a heart-beat flashing pendant which broadcasts the wearers emotions.

In his spare time, Eric is Dean of the Toronto Awesome Foundation, which gives away $1000 each month to support an awesome project somewhere in Toronto.  His favorites include the Toronto Kiss Map and Cardboard Fort Night.  His other hobbies include Quantified Self and Guerrilla Gardening.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 3
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 
7:00 PM

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St
Room 7301 (3rd floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W

Robert Lendrum

Robert Lendrum is an artist working in video and documentary. He also works as a graphic designer in television broadcast for the CBC. He holds a BFA from the University of Western Ontario, an MA in Media Studies from Concordia University and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University. He has exhibited and screened his work throughout Canada and the United States at venues such as the Images Festival, Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Gallery TPW, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Eye Level Gallery, Spark Art Space, as well as at the Sixth Annual Brakhage Symposium in Boulder, Colorado. His video work is distributed by Vtape.

Angella Mackey

Angella Mackey is a Canadian with a diverse background in new media art, electronics, fashion and product design. Vega is based in Gothenburg, Sweden where Angella currently lives and works.

Oldouz Moslemian

Oldouz Moslemian is a Toronto-based textile designer and artist. She graduated from OCAD University in 2010 with a BDes in Material Art & Design with a concentration in Fibre.

Moslemian uses textiles as her primary site of exploration while incorporating other materials and technologies into the structure of her work to create unique fabrics that react to the surrounding environment. In 2010, she was granted funding form Canada’s National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to further develop her projects. Currently she is a resident of Social Body Lab at OCAD University, developing her new body of work.

In her practice, Moslemian collapses the boundaries of science, engineering, and craft to create artworks that imbue meaning onto textiles while shedding light on their transformative value as artifacts that carry within them societal knowledge.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 2
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St
Room 7301 (3rd floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

Kamerflage -  Connor Dickie

Kameraflage Inc. has developed patent-pending display technology that exploits a digital image sensor's natural ability to see more colours than the human eye.

By rendering content both in the visible and invisible spectrum, Kameraflage displays enable an Augmented Reality experience accessible to anyone with a standard digital camera or camera-phone, without the need for an internet connection or installing an app.

Pong Prom - Ed Keeble

Pong Prom is an art project designed to produce an experience which is at once competitive and collaborative. Participants don specially-designed hoodies and engage in a game of Pong by slow dancing with each other.

Non-Standard Bodies – Mike Tissenbaum & Ginger Coons

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 1
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

OCAD on Richmond
205 Richmond St
Room 7701 (7th floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1W4

 

Our first meeting will provide a casual opportunity to discuss what's happening in Toronto and connect with others. Those working in the field are encouraged to bring images or projects to share. These conversations will serve to strengthen existing connections, reveal new ones, and inform the structure of future Meetups to come.