This studio introduces students to the emerging product category of wearables. Wearable Technology is a product developed for function, often to increase or measure efficiency and worn on the body. Students explore the relationship between soft materials and technological advances in sensors, microcontrollers, flexible conductive materials, trims, threads, yarns, and fibers. Aesthetics, ethics, environmental impact, and the use of technology in creating wearable products are discussed as prototypes are created to solve a problem affecting astronauts in space.
This project Portable Aerospace Sleeping Compartment (PASC) by students Abhipsha Ray, Thomas Chen and, Tia Hrubala designed a sleeping compartment for the future spacecraft that lack adequate room for the current crew quarters. One of the core requirements was to repurpose existing Cargo transfer bags to create the compartment.