Intro to Wearables Spring 2019

Class Times

Monday, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Contact

jingwen.zhu@nyu.edu

Jingwen’s Office Hours

Course Description

With emerging research and development with soft circuit technologies and its integration into textile and clothing design, the garment as a reactive interface opens up new possibilities in engendering self-expressions, sensory experiences and more. This 14 weeks class is to introduce students to this realm by creating connections between hardware engineering and textile crafting. The class is for students with basic physical computing knowledge to explore the possibility of wearables, and arouse discussion about the potential in re-imagining our relationship with personal devices, textiles and garment design as an interactive media.

 

What will students do?

The class will contain the process of wearable design and prototyping. We will look at the history of textiles and fashion, and discuss how they and technology influenced each other. The topics we will discuss in class will include senses, expressions, communications, identities, and social justice. We will explore a variety of wearables and e-textile technologies, including but not limited to: conductive textile crafting, on-body sensors, actuators, modular circuitry, wireless communications, and manufacturing. Students will get hands-on experience of designing and prototyping wearable projects individually or in groups.

 

How will the course be structured?

Each class will be a hybrid of presentations, in-class discussions, and hands-on workshops. For each class, the instructor will bring up different topics, share existing projects and research, or invite guest speakers from the fashion technology industry, to discuss the different aspects of current fashion technology, e-textiles, and wearables field. During the workshops, students will take design exercises to practice user experience design methodology for wearables, and also learn different techniques of textile crafting, soft circuitry, and physical computing.

 

Syllabus:

Week 1: Introduction

Jan 28

  • Introduction
  • Presentation: What is wearable?
  • In-class activity: Getting started with soft circuitry
  • Assignment:
    • Create an LED embroidery soft circuit. Schematic is shown below. You could add more LEDs or more switches. The embroidery could be on a piece of textile or on clothing. Be “creative” with the switch.
    • Watch: The Next Black

Week 2: Senses

Feb 4

  • Presentation: Senses?
  • Discussion: Is technology blocking our senses or enhancing our senses?
  • Project show and tell
  • Assignment  (2 weeks): Creating a new sense through wearables.

 

Week 3: Techniques – Hardware for Wearables

Feb 11

  • Presentation: Serial communications, I2C and SPI, connectors and wiring basics
  • In-class activity: Sensory experiments,
  • In-class activity: On-body visualizations: Experiment with different on-body visualization methods, including LEDs, reactive pigments and kinetic constructions
  • Soldering
  • Assignment  (2 weeks): Creating a new sense through wearables.

 

Week 4: Expressions and Identities

Feb 25

  • Project show and tell
  • Discussion: How do garments express?
  • Assignment (2 weeks):
    • Creating a garment to express a message/information/data to people around you. Project show & tell on March 25.
    • Mandatory sewing machine session w/ Jingwen, Sandy or Idith

 

Week 5: Techniques – Textile Basics

Mar 11

  • Presentation: Fiber and fabrics
  • In-class activities: Basic sewing with sewing machines, draping basics
  • Assignment (2 weeks):
    • Creating a garment to express a message/information/data to people around you. Project show & tell on March 25.
    • Mandatory sewing machine session w/ Jingwen, Sandy or Idith

 

Week 6: Connectivity

Mar 25

  • Project show and tell
  • Presentation: Connected wearables
  • Discussion: IoT of wearables: security, privacy, and connectivity
  • Assignment (3 weeks): Turn one of the previous wearable projects into a wireless one

 

Week 7: Techniques – Wireless Communications

Apr 1

  • In-class activity: Bluetooth, Wifi, and NFC communications
  • Assignment (3 weeks):
    • Reading: No to NoUI
    • Turn one of the previous wearable projects into a wireless one

 

Week 8: Manufacturing and Crafting I

Apr 5 6:30pm – 9:00pm at Conference Room

  • Discussion: Connected Wearables
  • Presentation: Manufacture of hardware and textiles, and the conjunctions I
  • In-class activity: PCB design for wearables
  • Assignment (3 weeks): Turn one of the previous wearable projects into a wireless one

 

Week 9: Manufacturing and Crafting II

Apr 15

  • Guest speaker: Ezgi Ucar, Chief Product Officer at LOOMIA
  • Wireless wearable project show and tell part I
  • Assignment: Final project ideation

Week 10: Manufacturing and Crafting III

Apr 19 6:30pm – 9:00pm

  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm Artist Talk from Shih Wei Chieh in Room 50
  • 7:45pm – 8:20pm Wireless project show and tell part II
  • 8:20pm – 9pm Presentation: Manufacture of hardware and textiles, and the conjunctions II
  • In-class activity: Crafting methods: embroidery, knitting, crochet, weaving

 

Week 11: Environment

Apr 22

  • Guest speaker: Anastasia Pistofidou, founder of FabTextiles, co-founder of Fabricademy
  • Discussion: Sustainable and ethical fashion

Week 12:  Final Project Development I

Apr 29

  • Show & tell: final project ideas.
  • In-class work session: system diagram, user experience design for wearables, wearable project planning

 

Week 13: Final Project Development II

May 6

  • In-class activity: garment finishing

 

Week 14: Final presentation

May 13

 

Evaluation

30%   In-class participation
20%   Midterm project
30%   Final project
20%   Blog & documentation

STATEMENT OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work as though it were your own. More specifically, plagiarism is to present as your own: A sequence of words quoted without quotation marks from another writer or a paraphrased passage from another writer’s work or facts, ideas or images composed by someone else.

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLE

The core of the educational experience at the Tisch School of the Arts is the creation of original academic and artistic work by students for the critical review of faculty members.  It is therefore of the utmost importance that students at all times provide their instructors with an accurate sense of their current abilities and knowledge in order to receive appropriate constructive criticism and advice.  Any attempt to evade that essential, transparent transaction between instructor and student through plagiarism or cheating is educationally self-defeating and a grave violation of Tisch School of the Arts community standards.  For all the details on plagiarism, please refer to page 10 of the Tisch School of the Arts, Policies and Procedures Handbook, which can be found online at: http://students.tisch.nyu.edu/page/home.html

STATEMENT ON ACCESSIBILITY

Please feel free to make suggestions to your instructor about ways in which this class could become more accessible to you.  Academic accommodations are available for students with documented disabilities. Please contact the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities at 212 998-4980 for further information.

STATEMENT ON COUNSELING AND WELLNESS

Your health and safety are a priority at NYU. If you experience any health or mental health issues during this course, we encourage you to utilize the support services of the 24/7 NYU Wellness Exchange 212-443-9999. Also, all students who may require an academic accommodation due to a qualified disability, physical or mental, please register with the Moses Center 212-998-4980. Please let your instructor know if you need help connecting to these resources.

STATEMENT ON USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Laptops will be an essential part of the course and may be used in class during workshops and for taking notes in lecture. Laptops must be closed during class discussions and student presentations.  Phone use in class is strictly prohibited unless directly related to a presentation of your own work or if you are asked to do so as part of the curriculum.

STATEMENT ON TITLE IX

Tisch School of the Arts to dedicated to providing its students with a learning environment that is rigorous, respectful, supportive and nurturing so that they can engage in the free exchange of ideas and commit themselves fully to the study of their discipline. To that end Tisch is committed to enforcing University policies prohibiting all forms of sexual misconduct as well as discrimination on the basis of sex and gender.  Detailed information regarding these policies and the resources that are available to students through the Title IX office can be found by using the following link: Title IX at NYU.