Close to skin technology

NextNature.net
October 18th 2006

fleshing outWearable Interfaces, Smart Materials and Living Fabrics.

V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam-based Virtueel Platform, the expertise centre for E-Culture, organise a two-day event on the theme of close-to-the-skin technology on 9th-10th of November 2006.

Recent developments in science, including DNA and stem cell research, tissue culturing, smart materials and wearable technology, have a growing impact on how we perceive materials and clothing in design practice. In laboratories across the globe researchers at the boundaries of materials research, electronics, chemistry, and biotechnology are laying the foundations of future applications. It is vital to think about the impact that the introduction of these kinds of technologies may have on society.

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