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The Wearable Technology Lab is directed by Dr. Lucy Dunne. Founded in 2009, WTL research focuses on the intersection between apparel and new technology: for instance, in expanding garment functionality through dynamic aesthetics and new sensing functions; in improving the way we use, manage, and consume clothing; and in streamlining the design and manufacturing processes of smart clothing. Many projects deal with translating technological potential into the real, everyday world: understanding human physical and emotional comfort and balancing these variables with tradeoffs of performance variables in a smart system design.
The WTL is part of the Wearable Product Design Center at the University of Minnesota's College of Design.
Facilities and Equipment
We are housed in 340 McNeal Hall, on the UMN St Paul Campus.
Cyberquins Running Mannequin
BTS SMART-E optical motion capture system
Biopac biological data acquisition system
BMR Clinical electrical muscle stimulators
Electronic prototyping, programming, and test equipment
Instron tensile tester
Extensive manual/mechanical textile test equipment