I had the great pleasure of building the electronics for a programmable LED matrix dress for Zac Posen and Google. My contributions were firmware development, textile shield fabrication, and circuit design. The dress was featured by WWD, Mashable, Yahoo and several other notable press outlets.
ARMOR is a smart vest that monitors temperature, GSR and posture for worker safety. This project was developed in collaboration with Strong Arm Technologies to rapidly prototype a smart fabric circuit using The Crated's circuit printing technology, INTELiTEX.
FABRICATION METHODS USED:
Laser cutting - Acrylic Tiles
CNC Syringe Extrusion - Circuit Printing
Garment Draping and Patten Making - Harness
Programming (Arduino) - Logic and functionality
GOOGLE CREATIVE LAB ROUTER COVER
Tessellated Textiles is a project executed for Google Creative Lab as a maker centric project that integrated art with the Google nhub Router. This piece was created using physics simulations in Maya and properties were applied to digital planes to simulate how Denim and Chiffon would fall over the shape of the OnHub. These files were cleaned and 3D printed using both SLA and SLS technologies.
See this project in The Verge
Photochromia is a collection of UV responsive garments. The collection was featured in Wired, Fastcompany Design, Cool Hunting, and Engadget.
Kelvin is a simple, sleek heated jacket with a focus on creating textile circuitry that apparel companies can replicate. Made in collaboration with Gian Cui and Teresa Lamb as summer interns at The Crated.
See Kelvin on Mic.com.
MAN VEHICLE LAB - M.I.T- BIOSUIT RESEARCH
INQUIRY/PROMPT: How can we create productive soft circuits that need to cover large surface areas? What are the best techniques currently for making these circuits?
ABOUT: Research and resulting write up on findings for the MIT Man Vehicle Lab. This research pertained particularly to the Biosuit, a second generation spacesuit that simulates gravity through Nitinol induced compression. This specific research investigated soft circuitry and high tenacity materials with high elasticity.
INQUIRY / PROMPT: What are underutilized ways to finish SLA 3D prints? Is it possible to create a print that comes out of the machine pre-finished?
ABOUT: I did research for 2 months at Autodesk's Pier 9 fabrication facility. Using Autodesk's new Ember SLA DLP printer, I generated Processing sketches to create stacks of printable files. I took this technique and created an entire" swatchbook" to showcase the possibilities for textures and surfaces when 3D printing using SLA.
I designed, 3D modeled and fabricated a prototype for an EKG monitor worn directly on the skin for a New York based healthcare company.
A Littlebits module created to make wearables and sense gesture.
INQUIRY/ PROMPT: Can one garment shape shift and hold many forms? How can we make electronically modular garments?
ABOUT: Zygomatic is a tessellating shirt controlled by a computer interface created during a residency at The School of Visual Arts. We think this is just a small segue to modular clothing systems and a different kind of manufacturing. The pattern for this garment is essentially a square and has minimal waste, making it (hypothetically) simple to produce.
Overall, modular and easy to manufacture clothing systems can adapt to us, rather than us adapting to them, leading to a more ergonomic future.
Zygomatic runs on an rduino, serial ported to a Macbook and controlled by a processing sketch. We used Shape memory alloy and laser cut interfacing for motion and geometry respectively.
INQUIRY/ PROMPT: Is it possible to make ultra cheap wearables that use light instead of BLE to connect?
ABOUT: Tribe is a pendant that is programmed through flashes of light that come from a corresponding Iphone app. My main contributions to the project were app development and design (native app, Objective C) and hardware (Arduino to ATTiny85 workflow with charlieplexed LEDs, tilt pin and photocell).
INQUIRY/ PROMPT: Most 3D printed textiles use articulated systems, but is it possible to make a flexible 3D printed material by weaving together helical fibers? What are other ways to create mechanical flexibility for 3D prints?
INQUIRY/ PROMPT: Is it possible to make textiles that can be assembled like Legos? How can we make fabric and garments that are modular systems?
ABOUT: Using the Othermill mini CNC machine, I milled a textile from magnetic rubber that links together and can form 3D shapes using permanent magnets as the equivalent of stitches.