Wearable Technologies from a Social Oriented Perspective

The domain of Wearables challenges to design technology with a heightened sensitivity to touch, emotion, aesthetics, dignity and experience of personal identity. In this presentation by Jessica Smarsch, we looked at wearable technologies, specifically in the realm of health & well-being and as a transition from hard to soft, not only in terms of materials, but also as an approach and way of designing the user experience.

Jessica Smarsch is a designer with a background in textile design. After receiving a Masters in Social Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2015, she began focusing her work towards health and well-being. With a particular interest in health as a matter of the body and the mind, she began to narrow her work in 2017 towards stroke rehabilitation and has been working in this domain since. She is currently developing a sensor garment and app for home rehabilitation.


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