Parsons Explores Wearable Tech, Opens Fashionable Technology Lab

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Citizen Sensor info graphic designed by Joseph Saavedra. Photo: The New School

An exciting facet of green fashion is when textiles and technology come together in the form of wearable tech. Parsons The New School for Design is exploring this frontier with their Fashionable Technology Lab which is, according to the press release, a research center examining the intersection of design, technology, science and fashion.
On February 19, Parsons hosted a symposium, book launch, and workshop called "Functional Aesthetics" to celebrate the launch of the research lab. Citizen Sensor--a wearable, DIY environmental monitoring kit that collects environmental data--was among the work presented.

Designed by Parsons' alumnus Joseph Saavedra, the device is fitted neatly on your body, and, according to Parsons' blog, it monitors air quality, UV levels, noise pollution, and other environmental factors. The information is then transmitted on to an online database where users can share and connect with others around the world. The open-source kit can be customized, both in terms of aesthetics and the pollutants that are measured.

The event on Friday--which was free and open to the public--was the first in a series of programs organized by the Fashionable Technology Lab. Visit Parsons for more information and upcoming events.

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