Remote projects this past year have included application and market exploration for Honda Research Institute’s flexible battery solution, and setting up a user research program for wearable worker safety robotics at Seismic.
I also collaborated with a team of engineers developing printed soft sensors for a body-worn biometric device. In a dual role, I was responsible for material research and sensor design, user interviews and designing and producing "looks-like" product prototypes for user research.
E-Textile Connector Development
At the end of 2019, I joined the Outsight Network at the Autodesk Technology Center in San Francisco to work on an off-the-shelf e-textile connector solution. My activities include designing the hardware in Fusion 360 and printing 3D prototypes for tesing. Designing and executing validation experiments.
I also filed provisional patent applications around this work and applied for grants to support the ongoing research. This work is not yet public.
Forte Data Glove
At BeBop Sensors, I co-led continued development on the Forté Data Glove: a mo-cap glove for AR/VR. Using a combination of traditional hardware and soft sensors, my job included design for manufacture, sourcing and communicating with suppliers and managing timelines for the team.
Quick iteration and validation of improvements to the product and streamlining processes were highlights of this work.
I was part of the founding team at Seismic, a start-up spin-out of SRI International in Menlo Park, California. The technology has its roots in a DARPA-funded project for a lightweight, compliant exo-suit for reducing fatigue.
My role included soft-circuit research and development, supplier relations and designing and testing physical user interations. Initially aimed at assisting the aging population, Seismic's technology is now being applied to industrial worker health and safety.
While working at TE Connectivity's Wearable Lab, I was part of a team working with Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects group) on Project Jacquard, Google's collaboration with Levi's. We developed a process to add an interconnect to Google's smart fabric.
Our team at TE's Wearable Lab went on to produce concepts for smart textile connectivity solutions.
Solar Fiber is a design-led research initiative to produce a photovoltaic yarn. In collaboration with Ralf Jacobs, Aniela Hoitink and Marina Toeters, our idea won first prize at a Dutch innovation event in May 2012.
We have produced functional, looks-like prototypes in order to spark public interest and create demand for (wearable) textile solar panels. More information is available on the project page on this site or on the Solar Fiber website.