A project by: Benjamin Delaney, Shaomin Guo, Ngo Diem Phuong, Courtney Tier and Ailsa Liu
HIF Cloud 2018
Making Mobilities – Exhibition of Wearable Prototypes
Wearable technology is an exponentially growing sector. Markets are rapidly adapting and transitioning from portable (mobile phones, tablets) to wearable (sensor and actuator) devices. Wearables that live on, near or in our bodies give rise to a previously unimagined level of data about users and the environment. We live within the Internet of Things and Smart Cities are becoming reality.
No longer are we tethered to our tech through power cables, wearable technology enables freedom of movement. Technology is embedded in our bodies and the very fabric of clothes, augmenting our bodies, enabling mobility. The mobilities paradigm is reframing our future.
Aims to offer amateur and intermediate runners the same insights available to professional athletes with low-cost, aesthetic and convenient wearables. Working on a pair of tights incorporating sensors to analyse landing and movement, as well as an auditory device to help runners maintain a consistent pace. The compression running tights communicate sensor readings back to a PC or mobile where a model for comparison can be used to provide feedback about what aspects of the runner’s stride may be improved. Ultimately these wearables aim to help mobile individuals improve performance, prevent injury and better understand their fitness activities.