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Wireless Wearables and the Lilypad XBee

Kate Hartman (Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU), Rob Faludi (Digi International, NYU ITP, SVA IXD)

If your clothing could talk, what would it say? The LilyPad XBee is a radio transceiver that you can sew into your garments and accessories to create wireless wearables. From networked pajamas to tools for performance, these sewable radios are opening up a world of new possibilities.

Kate Hartman

Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU

Kate Hartman creates new tools for expression through innovative applications of technology. Her individual and collaborative projects span the fields of wearable computing, mobile telephony, video installation, and conceptual art. Whether it’s houseplants that make phone calls or hats that amplify the voices in your head, her work explores the idea of enhancing relationships and illustrating the unseen. Hartman holds a B.A. from Bard College in Film and Electronic Arts and an M.P.S. from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been featured by the New York Times, BBC World Service, NPR, in the recently published book “Fashionable Technology”. She is currently a wearable technology consultant and an adjunct faculty member at New York University where she teaches courses in soft circuitry and physical computing.

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Rob Faludi

Digi International, NYU ITP, SVA IXD

Robert Faludi is the Collaborative Strategy Leader in R&D for Digi International, with a mandate to forge stronger connections with the community of innovators, discover outstanding new work, contribute to outside projects, and support the people making that work. Faludi is also a professor in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and in the Interactive Telecommunications program at NYU. He specializes in behavioral interactions through physical computing and networked objects. Rob is the author of Building Wireless Sensor Networks, with ZigBee, XBee, Arduino and Processing published by O’Reilly Media, 2011. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Good Morning America, BBC World, the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry and MoMA among others. He is a co-creator of LilyPad XBee wearable radios, and Botanicalls, a system that allows thirsty plants to place phone calls for human help.

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