Students from CESINE’s Degree in Fashion Design have presented wearables to promote the use of technology in fashion, through a collaborative program with the University of Deusto and the IBM multinational within its IBM Watson program.
CESINE have completed the first phase of this initiative with the execution of the designs for the garments and accessories, a process in which they have taken into account the needs and technological features that will be applied in clothing made with sustainable and recycled fabrics.
All participants unanimously highlight that this initiative they have developed with Professor Berni González de Zárate is a very enriching experience and different from the usual fashion designs. “Perhaps the biggest difficulty has been to fit patterns with wearables and adapt gaps to technology to create garments and accessories that are not excessively bulky,” says Alba Miró, student of the Degree in Fashion Design.
‘Lazarillo’ is one of the wearables designed to create a safe environment for the blind. These are items that include beacons, cameras, proximity sensors and a GPS that inform the owner of the traffic lights, cars, roads and pedestrians that are around. A system similar to that proposed in the jacket called ‘We are all’, designed for people with communication difficulties so they can interact more easily with other people and their environment.
‘Flypack’ is another of the projects presented: an intelligent travel backpack designed to make life easier for travelers. It has multiple integrated systems that allow you to receive weather information and directions to reach the desired destination, as well as wear different devices and take photos and videos with minimal energy consumption and great autonomy.
‘Road Safety’ is a cycling jersey designed to prevent cyclist accidents. It includes a laser on the left side that emits a sweep light of 1.5 meters reach to indicate the safety distance, and a circuit of led lights that improves the visibility of the cyclist before the rest of vehicles.
And finally, the ‘Crossfire’ project has also been presented, a wearable prepared to protect vulnerable people who may be victims of a possible aggression. This includes a technology that launches an alert in a risk situation.
All these ideas are now evolving towards the second part of the process, in which the students of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Deusto will be in charge of the technical aspects, working as a link between the students of Fashion Design and the technology facilitated by IBM.