Speakers and audience consisted of a nice international mix of commercial companies, researchers, universities and individual designers/artists. We had a great opportunity to network and to absorb state-of-the-art knowledge.
We even had the pleasure of experiencing CuteCircuit's “Hugshirt“. (They just confirmed for upcoming Test_Lab, so be there!) and we met Mika Satomi from Kobakant. We are inviting her and her companion Hannah Perner-Wilson to do a workshop prior to the Test_Lab in May.
- It appeared that V2_Lab is well aware of what’s going on in the field of wearables;
- there are some promising developments regarding flexible solar panels and ‘plastic electronics’. The future goal is to integrate as much components as possible within a textile substrate;
- “Green” is a hot topic. Energy harvesting from the body is challenging, but until now not very efficient;
- V2_Lab can never compete with the high end research activities performed by large consortia (although we already did similar experiments on a DIY level in the FabLabs.);
- Commercial companies are very interested to work with artists. They all loved the few art projects demonstrated there. Great opportunity for V2_Lab: artists can use their hightech materials and create a showcase for them;
- DIY on a professional level, using high standards of quality is a very promising direction for the Lab;
- Simplicity rules!