Professor of Digital Futures
Ontario College of Art and Design University
Marie O’Mahony is a professor of Digital Futures at OCAD University in Toronto. She is the author of six books with Thames and Hudson on the impact of technology on textiles, the most recent being Advanced Textiles for Health and Well-Being (2011). She has over 25 years experience as a consultant in the industry as Founder + Director, O’Mahony Consultancy.
Global to local – a review of key trends and innovation in Wearable Technology.
The Wearable Technology market is expected to be worth a staggering US$51.6billion by 2022 (marketsandmarkets). Exciting news for the industry, but what will this fast developing ecosystem look like and how can Canada ensure that it is well represented in the development of IP and manufacturing output? In this presentation, we look at the key global trends in wearables, where they are located and the geolocation of specialisms. While the industry has grown from military, space, sports and medical research and partnerships with academia, this has now extended to include fields as diverse as wellness, gaming, luxury and retail. Understanding how this has evolved is crucial in predicting future directions for the industry. We look at relationships between key industry players as well as with academic institutions, in particular, Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University where I have been a key developer of the Wearables Atelier within Digital Futures.
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