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MinnTS 2021

MinnTS 2021: “Wearable Technologies”

Join Minnesota Technical Symposium (MinnTS) for a Virtual Event “Wearable Technologies” on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. CST. You do not need to be a member of one of the participating societies to attend this event. There is no cost to participate in the virtual event, but you must register.


Schedule of Events:

7:00 pm           Welcome Message and Introductions

7:05 pm           Lucy E. Dunne, PhD, Professor, Director of the Apparel Design Program UMN

7:50 pm           Break

8:00 pm           Dave Fabry, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer for Starkey Hearing Technologies



Lucy E. Dunne, Ph.D.
Professor, Director of the Apparel Design Program, University of Minnesota

"Moving Beyond Smart Wristbands: Future Directions for Wearable Technology and Smart Clothing"

In the years after the mid-2010s peak of consumer wearable devices, some key obstacles and limitations to the scope of utility and usability of wearables have risen to the forefront. A leading limitation is the form factor: localized devices worn in one spot on the body pose inherent limitations to the scope of functionality that can be provided to the user. Yet at the same time, distributing functionality over the body surface is also a significant challenge. This talk will discuss current University of Minnesota research exploring the potential of textile- and garment-form wearable devices to expand the horizons of what can be done using wearable technologies, with a focus on expanding human capabilities and delivering more seamless experience.


Dave Fabry, Ph.D.
Chief Innovation Officer of Starkey Hearing Technologies

"Reimagining Hearing Aids by Providing a Gateway to Health and Wellness"

During the past decade, hearing aids have evolved from “stand alone” devices that provide audibility for speech and other sounds for those with hearing loss to “connected” ones that facilitate phone/media streaming via smart phone technology. Today, the use of machine learning, artificial intelligence and embedded sensors promise to further continue the hearing aid’s evolution into devices that can provide a gateway to health and wellness, particularly for health conditions where there is high disease comorbidity with hearing loss. This session will address recent advances in technology that challenge assumptions and stigma associated with hearing loss.

Registration: MinnTS Registration via Zoom - After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.