Queen Mary’s University showcase at The Wearable Technology Show


Students from Queen Mary University London will be demonstrating their latest prototypes at the show in March 2015.

Long renowned for creating innovative technology products, the team will include demonstrations of –

– A piece of wearable technology that aims to communicate through vibrations the emotions conveyed by the music in a movie, with the aim of offering the wearer a new music experience, and potentially also enhancing the experience of watching a movie for the hearing-impaired.

– Message Bag is a bag with an integrated RFID reader to help the person using it remember their essential items. These essential items have tags on them and through the use of LEDs on the bag they can see what they have forgotten.

– Icebreaker jacket is designed as a study tool in using “natural” interface of technology to assist shy persons when meeting with a stranger. The notion of social object, together with the principles of calm and context-aware computing is employed to generate the concept of “subtle” sensing and social notification system to the technology. A near-field communication system embedded in the cuff enables the jacket to identify two wearers during the handshaking process, thereafter it calculates social compatibility scores based on their profiles and preferences. The score is used to control a textile-thermochromic painted badge to gradually reveal their social compatibility in a non-obtrusive manner.

– Computational jewellery, accessories and wearable devices. As Yulia changed countries and continents before settling in London, she increasingly found herself surrounded by people who live away from their loved ones, and looking for implicit ways to express their affection to one another and to share the passing moment without having to exchange any words. Using principles of Emotional and User-Centered Design (UCD) for Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and a growing infrastructure of Ubiquitous Computing(UbiCom), Yulia’s research examines how wearables could rectify the emotional void created when families, friends and loved ones move away from each other. http://www.yuliasilina.com/research.html

– Metatextiles: What knowledge and skills could textile designers bring to the development of advanced electromagnetic metamaterials, a field which is currently set exclusively within physics and engineering departments? This project explores how experimental textile techniques can be adopted to make soft metamaterials. It uses embroidery, screen print and etching processes to design aesthetic metatextiles with a negative refractive index, causing electromagnetic waves to refract the “wrong way”. A negative refractive index material, the pioneering metamaterial that was theoretically proposed in 1968 and experimentally verified for the first time only 30 years later, is composed of many small, symmetrically repeated metallic and non-metallic structures. Together, the patterned structure is able to bend light and other electromagnetic waves in any possible direction, inspiring scientists to propose designs for invisibility and shapeshifting cloaks, perfect lenses, flat satellite antennas and many more futuristic and practical engineering devices.