Second Skin: How Wearable Technology is Transforming Our Selves & Our World

Futures Salon
Forum Event
8 March, 2016 - 18:00 to 21:00
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Second Skin: How Wearable Technology is Transforming Our Selves & Our World
March 8, 2016 | 6 - 9pm EST
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Ever since the advent of the monocle and the wristwatch, humans have been using technology to augment their capabilities and alter their relationship to the environment.

Today wearable devices such as the Apple Watch, Oculus Rift, and Fitbit are leveraging smart sensors, location awareness, and wireless connectivity to enable us to track our health, improve our fitness, and immerse ourselves in captivating virtual environments.

On the horizon, a wave of innovation in wearables promises a host of new capabilities, such as:

  • increasingly sophisticated health monitoring (going beyond heartrate to molecular-level indicators) and treatment devices
  • new types of gestural interfaces that will allow us to control our devices without the need for keyboards
  • "smart fabrics" that can conserve energy, clean water, and perform other useful functions
  • the integration of haptic feedback, allowing devices to guide a user's motion
  • prosthetic devices such as hearing aids that will not only correct disabilities but could enhance our senses
  • implantable devices that permanently alter our bodies

How will these change our relationships to ourselves, to each other, and to the world around us? What are the possible challenges and opportunities for sustainability?

Join innovators, entrepreneurs, and futurists as we explore these questions, and more, in Forum for the Future's second Futures Salon.

Can't make it?  We will be livestreaming the speakers.  

For more information about the event, and to register, please email Ashley Mielcarek.

Futures Salons are interactive sessions exploring topics that have the potential to disrupt current systems. Salons will enable engagement with experts on innovative topics in science, entrepreneurship, and social impact.

Image credit: Cicret

Our speakers are:

Drew Arnold is CEO of SEEM, a creative agency focused in market strategies implementing virtual reality, augmented reality and emerging technologies. His work has included technical and creative direction for film, music videos and fashion, most notably for Kanye West, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Calvin Klein and Nick Knight - utilizing projection mapping, interactive design, 3D scanning and motion capture technologies. Focused on the virtual world and bridging relationships with developers in new technology, Drew is currently developing direct-to-brand programs, which he believes will soon become the future of media, art and commerce.

Pinar Guvenc, MSc., Allied AIA manages business operations and product development processes of Eray Carbajo, an international architecture and design studio based in New York City and Istanbul. She oversees sourcing, prototyping and fabrication of materials and products for client projects and Eray Carbajo designs. Pinar and her team at Eray Carbajo continually research on new materials and techniques to design innovative and unique products. Their Sponge Suit, environmentally proactive swimwear using a carbon based hydrophobic material, won first place in the Reshape 2015 wearable technology competition.


Grace Jun is a researcher and designer at The New School Parsons. Since working in the mobile IT industry, Grace has focused her work on user centered design and garment construction with electronics.  As Educational Director at MIT’s Open Style Lab, she will help lead Fashionable Technology this summer of 2016. The 10-week research program  teams designers (including current students), engineers and occupational therapists to make creative garment or accessory solutions for people with disabilities.



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