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According to the rules of physics, time proceeds at a constant speed. However, time, as perceived and psychologically experienced by individuals, is both subjective and flexible. This double nature of time has long been a subject of observation in human thought. The clock is one of the oldest human inventions, because throughout history people had the need to find better ways to measure years, months, days (e.g. sundials, hourglass, water clocks etc).

Durr is a shivering unisex bracelet, created by Skrekkøgle that investigates the subjectivity of our time perception by exploring how we perceive 5 minutes in different situations. Durr shivers every 5 minutes reminding us of how we sense time in different situations (e.g. having fun versus standing on a waiting line). I am very interested of how we perceive time in our daily lives, and I believe that time is the most important and valuable exchange rate we have. This project demonstrates through a haptic rhythm, an organic way of time dimension and it keeps the traditional design aesthetics of a wristwatch shape. In addition, the use of multiple colors adds a more personal touch. Finally, I believe that Durr delivers the concept of time perception with a nice and playful way to its audience.

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A shivering unisex bracelet that investigates our time perception.
It couldn’t be more related to our perception of time for the past 3 months.

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These photos i took are just a taste from the venue.

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image_20“Here are some of the Wearable Futures speakers and their ideas/works: Susan Lee, Founder of Biocouture talked about future clothing and how else we could create a piece of clothing and Lauren Bowker, founder of The Unseen who describes herself as a Materials Alchemist talked about the potential of integrating biological chemicals and electronic technology with fashion. Clara Gaggero, director of Design and Research at Vitamins explained the origins of wearables and their history right up to the current day, and exploring the role of wearables now and in the future.Caroline Till from Textile Futures discussed biological design and living technology, in relation to Future Wearables.

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image_23Jessi Baker, a Creative Technologist who has worked with clients such as LVMH, Galleries LaFayette and Mulberry, talked about the role of open data in wearables and the future of retail. Despina Papadopoulos from Studio 5050 NYC discussed the ethics of wearables and explored the concept of the qualified self rather than the quantified self. Leading international make up artist Alex Box talked about how she continues to push and blur the boundaries between technology, make-up, the skin and the human body. Simon Roberts, formerly senior design anthropologist at Intel, will describe a set of lenses that helps us understand the different speed at which social and cultural conventions and technology develop and what that means for how we respond to wearables. Zoe Romano, founder of Makerfaire Rome, an associate at arduino, and founder of openwear.org talked about Wearables, DIY and Empowerment. Kuniharu Takei, one of MIT’s Top Innovators Under 35, talked about his innovations in nano-materials including current work on a smart bandage that will be able to sense and respond to glucose level, skin temperature and more. Tomas Diez, the creator of Smart Citizen Kit will talked about wearables in the city.” “Projects presented over the two days ranged widely in scale and context; from devices worn on the body, such as Dominic Wilcox’s GPS shoes, to large, interactive spaces and locations, as seen in the Hello Lamp Post project, presented by Tom Armitage – all highlighting the fact that wearable technology has evolved and expanded far beyond geeky gadgetry, into innovative clothing that is really interconnected with the internet of things.”

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http://www.wearablefutures.co/
I attended the wearable futures venue that took place on 10&11 December at the Ravensbourne University. wearable_futuresThose two days were a great inspiration and experience for me. I’ve had the chance to see some amazing works and to talk with so many interesting and talented people, and i’ve also tested the google glasses, which was cool. “The conference and workshops showcased multidisciplinary collaboration and the opportunity to explore new concepts and ideas.”