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Wearable / E-Textiles

Wearable Technology Education Incubator

This group explores the educational applications of wearable technology and e-textiles.  It is lead by the Wearable/E-Textile Research Team from the Doctorate in Educational Technology Leadership at NJCU.


What are e-textiles?

The cutting edge field of electronic textiles or e-textiles is a recent development in both design and engineering. E-textiles are fabrics with embedded electronics, including sensors, lights, motors, and small computers. Designers of e-textiles keep things soft by employing new materials like conductive thread, conductive fabric, and flexible circuit boards. E-textiles are used in many different domains and settings including astronaut space suits, wearable medical devices, and haute couture fashions. You’ll find them in Lady Gaga costumes that change shape, high-tech military tents, and jackets that keep you warm while you snowboard. (Sew Electric, 2014)

Our Objectives:

  • Build technical capacity among non-technical educators to teach with the e-textile kits
  • Develop innovative teaching applications for e-textile and wearable technology applications
  • Consider opportunities and logistical challenges for using e-textiles is k-16 settings.

No prior knowledge in wearable technology, computer programming, or textiles is required. If you have an interest in joining our mailing list, please complete this  Interest form



For Further Reading:

Buechley, L. (2013). Textile messages: Dispatches from the world of e-textiles and education (2nd edition.). New York, NY: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.
Buechley, L., Qiu, K., & Boer, S. (2013). Sew electric. Cambridge, MA: HLT Press.
Olsson, T. (2012). Arduino wearables (1 edition.). Berkeley, CA.: Apress.
Works Cited

Sew Electric (2014), DIY Projects.  Retrieved September 20, 2014 from http://sewelectric.org/diy-projects/

Contact Dr. Christopher Shamburg, Project Director, for more information,
cshamburg AT njcu DOT edu.

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