*ADVANCED STUDIO - Recommended for High School Students, Post-High School Gap Year Students and/or Returning NuVu Students*
Wearable technology is everywhere today. The Apple Watch lets you monitor your daily fitness, read emails, summon Siri, and make and receive phone calls from your wrist. Clothes and bags made of flexible solar panels, such as Voltaic System’s Solar Backpack, power up your electronics and charge them as you go. Too many harmful invisible particles in the air? No problem, Baubles and Bangles is a futuristic personal air purifier worn on the wrist that will cleanse the air. Wearable technology even includes gaming techniques to promote better health such as the Valedo Back Therapy product designed to help people with lower back pain. In the healthcare industry, wearable technology is being used to overcome big problems, and all around the world, designers are creating smart and responsive apparel, accessories, fitness wear and assistive devices to enhance people’s everyday life. Are you ready to make to the next breakthrough product in wearable tech?
In this Studio, we will be developing the next generation of health-focused wearable tech products! Using innovative textiles, materials and technologies, you will learn to how to design wearable tech products that will improve the lives of people, patients, doctors and other healthcare professionals. These devices will augment the capabilities of healthy individuals (e.g. improved walking efficiency) in addition to assisting those who suffer from physical or neurological disorders. Based on the user group and medical challenges, students will design, build and program wearable tech products from the ground up, test them and see how their products perform. Through this process, students will learn the basics of electronics, microcontrollers and computer programming. They will learn how to integrate external sensors (from simple switches and buttons to heat/temperature, light, gas, touch) and actuators (such as motors, lights, speakers, solenoids, valves, fans) into their designs to create responsive products. Students will also learn the engineering, 3D modeling, robotics, and programming skills to bring their vision to reality!
Physics (Electricity, Magnetism)
Robotics (Arduino, Sensors, Actuators)
Digital Fabrication (Laser-cutting, 3d Printing)
- Enrolling students must be any of the following:
- High School Student
- Post-High School Gap Year Student
- Returning NuVu Student