Wearable devices, including HMDs for VR / AR, wristwatches, wristbands, rings, and many other types of devices, support human activities in all areas, such as health management, exercise, and entertainment, as “wearable technology. Wearable devices, which have been designed to fit comfortably into the body, are expanding their field of application with the evolution of material technology.
How will wearable technology change and fit into our lives in the future? In this session, we will discuss the future of wearable devices and materials with innovators who are developing wearable devices and applications that follow the whole body from head to toe. There will be a showcase of future wearable innovation at The Mills Fabrica on the day of the event.
About Material Meetup:
Material Meetup is a gathering of manufacturers, craftsmen, and creators involved in manufacturing with the theme of “material”.
From the point of view of “design and technology” and also “society and material”, those types of people cross over barriers in the business world to openly interact with each other, and they are continuously creating opportunities for new projects to come into being .
By learning about the traits and charms of a material that cannot be understood merely from catalog specs, everyone thinks about new scenarios where those materials are likely to be used. With “material” at its core, this is a place where the seeds of projects and collaborations that traverse fields are repeatedly occurring simultaneously.
See video below to get an idea of what Material Meetup looks like:
This is an event co-hosted by The Mills Fabrica and FabCafe HK with a goal to discover the potential of material innovation with industry leaders and creators in Asia.
As the first Material Meetup in Hong Kong, this hybrid event will be hosted offline at Fabrica Atrium at The Mills Fabrica with online streaming.
Haptic Scientist/Synesthesia Tech Lead at Enhance,inc/Synesthesia Lab
Nobu is a Haptic Scientist and the Tech Lead of Synesthesia Lab. He took part developing Synesthesia Wear, which is a wearable device that has a vibrator attached to the entire garment, allowing the wearer to experience the sensation of touching an object in virtual space with their hands, and to send and receive two-dimensional communication by sensing the body’s movements.
Nobu is also currently a doctoral student at Keio University Media Lab.
CEO/Founder of MAGARIMONO
Ayato Tsumagari worked for a pharmaceutical company after graduating from a liberal arts college, and then decided to follow his hear to pursue in a career in fashion as a shoemaker and an entrepreneur. He and his team at MAGARIMONO aspire to challenge to update handmade techniques with technology.
Co-Founder & CEO of LUMOS
Eu-wen is the co-founder and CEO of Lumos, a next-generation bike helmet. Lumos is reinventing how cyclists are being seen on the road and staying safe.
Lumos’s helmets have been named one of the Designs of the Year by the London Design Museum, named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things, TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2018, and is also the first helmet of any kind to be sold in over 300 Apple Stores worldwide.
Co-founder and Chief Hustler, UNSPUN
Walden grew up in Hong Kong and has operating, investment and strategy experience in e-commerce, retail & fashion with lululemon, IDEO, GGV Capital, Goldman Sachs and OC&C Strategy Consultants. He holds a bachelor degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and an MBA degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business. See UNSPUN.
Incubation & Ecosystem at The Mills Fabrica
Maggie manages The Mills Fabrica’s incubation programme by providing connections and exposure. She also curates the startup community through organizing ecosystem building initiatives and developing a new HK Startups Ecosystem Network.
Maggie previously worked at a startup incubation hub leading the corporate innovation projects in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.