Lumanit – Luminous Smart Fabric

3D Waves of Light

Lumanit project combines materials research, making and form finding, while focusing on the future of textiles and technology in diverse applications, ranging from clothing to products and architectural installation.

The addition of interactive technology to objects brings an exponential change in the perception of garments, products and building materials, heightening the human experience.

Fiber Optic Tutu

Technology Explained

Inspired by the combination of nature and technology, the costumes for the Waltz of the Flowers performed by the Brooklyn Ballet in their production of the Brooklyn Nutcracker, unfurl like a secret garden. The tutu’s combine a traditional ballet silhouette with lights and are constructed with fiber optics sewn onto layers of hand dyed fabrics. The costumes of the Garden Sprites and demi-soloists costumes surprise with hidden screen printed art that reveals itself under UV light. The garden comes to life with the glistening Dew Drop adorned with laser cut flowers in mylar and Swarovski crystals.

Wearsafe – Personal Safety Technology

The Wearsafe Tag is an amazing peer-to-peer personal safety technology. In a bad situation, making a phone call is harder than you think. At the first sign of trouble, pressing the Wearsafe Tag keeps you a step ahead of the situation. It uses the power of your phone to alert friends and family, it sends them audio from the scene and starts a live chat room where they can coordinate a response or call 911. All while your phone, your lifeline is out of sight.

Interwoven partnered with Wearsafe Labs to create the unique shape device and a variety of attachment methods for the Wearsafe Tag.

Aura – Interactive Textile Installation

Aura is an interactive installation that uses Lumanit, smart fabric with embedded flexible glass fiber, that activates through sensory technology to display light, color and sound.

The installation creates a unique playful and engaging experience, exposing the audience to the possibilities of smart textiles. The development of this complex project relies on perfect coordination, involving many layers of inquiry from the smart textile and the programming to the tapestry’s design and the composition of the soundscape. 

Senseonics – Blood Glucose Monitor

Comfort

Senseonics is a medical technology company focused on the design, development and commercialization of glucose monitoring systems to improve the lives of people with diabetes by enhancing their ability to manage their disease with relative ease and accuracy. Their first generation continuous glucose monitoring, or CGM, system is a reliable, long-term, implantable CGM system that we have designed to continually and accurately measure glucose levels in people with diabetes for a period of up to 90 days, as compared to five to seven days for currently available CGM systems.

BioWear – Kinetic Accessory

Design Approach

A kinetic accessory that communicates emotions through wearable technology.

Humans are uniquely able to cloak emotional responses, outwardly projecting messages that contradict our inner state. But what if we had tails, feathers or fur that signaled our true responses through biometric data? BioWear kinetic accessories collect the wearer’s physical data and use that information to manipulate their outward appearance, revealing the person’s interior condition.

As designers and artists, we are concerned with both aesthetics and the human condition. We designed BioWear kinetic accessories as beautiful adornments that bring us closer to one another through authentic emotional communication. As an extension of our physical bodies, BioWear raises questions about the future and the boundaries of communication through fashion, design and technology. The desirability of laying bare human emotion poses many provocative issues that this ongoing project explores.