Extreme Wearables Designathon
On Fri-Sat-Sun June 27-28-29, 2014 the Media Design Practices graduate program (MDP) at Art Center College of Design (ACCD) held the Extreme Wearables Designathon (XWD) in their Wind Tunnel facility on the ACCD South Campus in Pasadena, California. On Friday night we pitched lots of ideas and formed teams. On Saturday morning we played creative games and defined needs. Saturday afternoon, evening & Sunday morning we created Wearable Design Solutions.
Sunday afternoon a panel of judges awarded prizes to the top 3 teams:
• 1st: Emoty – connecting kids with autism
• 2nd: Allia – paying attention, to attention
• 3rd: Compass H2O – ephemeral wayfinding
These top 3 winners won the right to refine their projects and present them at Wearable Tech LA on July 17, 2014.
Here are a few helpful pages on this Compass H2O Development Website:
• Wearable Tech LA Presentation Slides
• Compass H2O Gizmodo Feature
• Concept: Ephemeral Wayfinding
• XWD Team Presentations
• 1st Gen Compass H2O Find Water story
• Hirez images of Compass H2O
• Team Photo by Sangli Li
TeamDavid Wang is a staff engineer of Qualcomm Technology Inc. working on projects to develop industry-leas multi-mode modem chipsets for smartphone and tablet.
Glenn Zucman is a new media & identity artist. He teaches at the School of Art at Long Beach State.
Joseph Kan is a industrial designer with a product design background at Art Center College of Design.
Natalia Fedner is a haute couture fashion designer who has worked in Paris, New York & Los Angeles.
Samy Kamkar is a hacker and security analyst. In 2013 he created Zombie Drone software allowing one drone to hijack another.
Sharon Gong is a senior business system analyst of Newegg Inc, in charge of all mobile channels including one mobile site and seven mobile apps for different platforms.
Vivia Liu is an integrated designer and creative explorer, who has not only aesthetic communication, modeling abilities, and Chinese user probe, but also hand on experience with engineering and manufacturing process.
Hirez images of Compass H2O are available on the Gizmodo Feature page.
Our plan is for Compass H2O to be an open source project. Development materials will probably be on GitHub & the content of this site will probably have a Creative Commons license. However the whole project is brand new and those details are not yet finalized. If you’re interested in using any of our code, hardware, images, text, or ideas, check back soon. Or drop us a note via our contact form.
There are so many people to thank for this short, whirlwind Team & Design experience in Wearable Tech!
• The Experts: Hruby McHugh, Illuminode; Magdalena Paluch, Trends & Innovation Strategist, Toyota; Carlyn Maw, CRASH Space; Meg Grant, Designer-Technologist-Maker; Mileece, Experience Designer, Sonic Artist, Renewable Energy Ambassador.
• The Coordinator: Courtney Peterson, MDP Coordinator, ACCD
• The Everything: Syuzi Pakchyan. Our leader-mentor-collaborator-critic-guru-cheerleader Syuzi Pakchyan was overwhelming in her dedication, support, intelligence, intuition, generosity, and patience. It’s hard to imagine anyone facilitating a better experience.
It was a great relief in the week after XWD to talk with Charmy Chu from the 1st place Emoty team and learn that they had been equally “hopeless” and that she’d felt equally disappointing when Syuzi & Magdalena came to check on their progress. 25 hours later I found Emoty’s use case to be truly sublime, and the judges’ response to their presentation was palpable, even in the cavernous MDP Wind Tunnel.
Credits• The background image on this site is a Creative Commons Flickr image from Chris called My Introduction to the World of LEDS!!!!
• The soundtrack on our Compass H2O Countdown video is a Creative Commons CCMixter track from WaxMaps called Arms of Light
• Credits for the images for our WearableTechLA intro slides on Ephemeral Wayfinding are on our WearableTechLA Intro Slides page.