Reflections in the ETRC

Dr. Lora Arduser on Medical Wearables and Patient Agency

On March 31, the Wearables Research Collaboratory hosted a Skype talk with Dr. Lora Arduser, a researcher studying the relationship between medical wearables and patient agency.

Knitting smart fabrics

Professor Julianna Abel and Graduate Research Assistant Kevin Eschen gave the Wearables Research Collaboratory a tour of their lab in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. As part of the $317 million public-private partnership called Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), they test fabrics knitted with heat- and electricity-conducting fibers to see how the knits respond to changes in environmental conditions.  

RA Updates March 23, 2017

Laura: This week the Google Daydream and Pixel phone arrived, so I’ve been having fun playing around with them.laura blog

Learning activities: News media showdown and app redesign

class activity

This week, my students spent their class time exploring VR through Google Cardboard. On Thursday, we did two exercises as ways of learning about technology design and rhetoric.

Google Glass: Major Issues and Redesign Measures

At our last meeting, Bilal and I were each given a Google Glass device to explore. Neither of us had much previous experience with Glass, but having heard about it from our colleagues we were intrigued and excited to try it out. After playing around with Glass for a few days, it became clear that there are some major issues with the device. While Glass was one of the first pair of augmented reality glasses commercially available, it’s clear that Google’s AR technology still has a way to go in terms of usability, feasibility, and wearability.

Students explore ETC Lab

On Thursday, Mar 2, Jason held his WRIT 3577W class in the LATIS Emerging Technologies and Creativity (ETC) Lab at Anderson Hall 110 where students had the chance to explore various virtual and mixed realities devices. LATIS personnels Rebecca Moss and Alison Link welcomed the students with introductions to the labspace and provided hands-on guidance to using various technologies. Undergraduate research assistant Bilal Abdelqader provided additional support and interacted with students as they explore the devices.


ETRC specials

ETRC is a space collaborators share inquiry into different aspects of research involving wearable and emerging technologies. We keep this column updated monthly to showcase some of the works our collaborators have embarked upon.