This talk, by wearable tech designer Billie Whitehouse, who is also co-founder of Wearable Experiments, focuses on her goal to give what we wear intelligence and more purpose. Her first major project was Fundawear, vibrating underwear that transmits touch over the Internet for couples who are apart from each other. A awkwardly fun product, it’s not what people typically think of when they talk about wearable technology. Too many designers focus on the wrist, Whitehouse says, and have missed something really important about smart clothing; designing for intimacy, entertainment and other areas usually disconnected from the wearable tech conversation.
People don’t want to look or feel like a computer, Whitehouse claims, so she works very hard to make the technology invisible. While adhering to the ‘Less, but better’ design philosophy of Dieter Rams, she spoke about adding ‘complexity and irreverence’ when she creates clothing with purpose; People are complex and are ultimately the subject of her designs, and irreverent products are fun and will always attract attention.
Billie Whitehouse is the Designer and Director of Wearable Experiments. Wearable Experiments specializes in the combination of hardware, software and apparel for wearable technology products. Forbes recently compared Ms Whitehouse and her co-founder Ben Moir to Steve Jobs and Jerry Seinfeld. Known for her development of Fundawear, Navigate and the Alert Shirt for Fox Sports, Ms Whitehouse is invigorating the fashion industry and transforming it into a business focused on improving the quality of our lives. She is an aesthetic specialist with a naturally inquisitive nature towards technology and innovation. As a garment engineer she strongly believes people should not have to look like the technology that they have grown to love and depend on. Her designs are sharp, experimental, naturally confident and subtly feminine in appearance integrating the latest technology. Business Insider recently named Ms Whitehouse as one of the 30 most important women under 30 in tech. Her highlight in 2014 was winning the Best Fan Engagement Award for the work on the Alert Shirt with FOX SPORTS as well as bringing Wearable Experiments to the USA.