Wearable 3.0


Wearable technologies were originally envisioned as embedded electronics in consumer apparel, but instead developed into standalone accessories for health and fitness tracking, communication, and productivity. This talk argues that wearables are going back into apparel at significant consumer scale. Catalysts for the shift include improved battery chemistries, small, cheap components, and improved wireless networking protocols, as well as strategic consumer use cases driven by the apparel industry. Apparel integrated wearables will be invisible to the user and designed into garments so that their function and experience is in line with the aesthetics and consumer experience focus from clothing makers. Some examples will be discussed including use cases that enable or enhance positive social communication among adolescents.


Speaker: Charles Austen Angell, Founder and CEO, Modern Edge

Austen oversees all Modern Edge projects from client contact to human factors research, design refinement, product and program management, market positioning, and customer experience. He serves as the Creative Director, responsible for direction, strategy, and systems. Austen is the elected national Chair of the Industrial Design Society of America. He also serves on the board of the Design Foundation, a 501-c3 granting scholarships in design and was one of its founding trustees. Prior to founding Modern Edge, Austen Angell was the Director of Design Research and Innovation at Intel Corporation, VP of Design and CDO at Logic Technologies, and Design Director at National Cycle. Austen has led numerous research and design programs for the world’s most innovative companies such as Intel Corporation, Procter & Gamble, St Jude, Medtronic, Harley Davidson, Johnson & Johnson, John Deere, BMW, and 3M, among others. Austen ran the Intellectual Property Team at Placon Corporation, and is a recognized authority on patent issues.



  Date and Time




  • Date: 18 Nov 2014
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-08:00) US/Pacific
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  • 3025 SW Zworykin Avenue,
  • Beaverton, Oregon
  • United States
  • Building: Tektronix Building 38
  • Room Number: Atrium

  • Co-sponsored by IEEE Communication Society
  • Starts 22 October 2014 05:00 PM
  • Ends 18 November 2014 05:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-08:00) US/Pacific
  • No Admission Charge


6:00 PM ~ 6:50 PM Social (Pizza provided)

6:50 PM ~ 7:00 PM Announcements

7:00 PM ~ 8:00 PM Talk

8:00 PM ~ 8:15 PM Q&A