198 – Kelly Stickel of Remodista and Chau Banks of New York & Company – Women2Watch

The 2nd Annual Women2Watch Awards …

Kelly Stickel, Founder and CEO of Remodista (a social think tank examining disruption in global retail – (profile)) and Chau Banks, EVP, CIO and Channel Integration for ‎New York & Company (a century-old leading specialty manufacturer and retailer of women’s fashion apparel and accessories – (profile)) join host Pavan Bahl in front of a live audience for a special interview at the 2nd Annual Remodista Women2Watch Awards. This episode is powered by Sennheiser.

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197 – Jon Werner of Adidas – Innovating Relationships with Footwear and Apparel

Innovation and wearable tech win footwear and apparel

Jon Werner, Innovation Explorer for Adidas (profile) joins Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez and Marc Raco at WEAR Conference 2017 in San Francisco.

A startup within a brand, supporting WEAR Conference, and trends leading to movement

Werner discusses how he joined Adidas via an acquisition of a startup focused on mobile fitness, tracking performance for athletes before iPhones. He shares how it is like a startup in well-funded brand, with insights not available as a startup, integrated into the brand. Apparel and shoes make a difference in injury protection and longevity in the sport. Why Adidas maintains presence and support of WEAR Conference. People moving means selling products at Adidas, and how some trends allow getting people to move via technology. Smart fabrics, textiles, wearables, the joke about Adidas as one of the first wearable companies.

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196 – Susan Bernard of Textile Instruments – Fabrics You Can Literally Tune

NASA licensed sensor technology incorporated into fabric to allow for health monitoring of living beings…

Susan Bernard, Component Distributor / Innovator / Supply Chain Expert and CEO/Founder of Textile Instruments (the first fabric that is wireless without electrical connections and without bulk, built on technology licensed from NASA – (profile)) joins Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez and Marc Raco at WEAR Conference 2017 in San Francisco.

Inspiration from NASA, following a hunch, and tunable fabric

Bernard shares the origins of her company and mission from when she was attending a NASA technology event a few years ago and having a conversation about sensors, how she started thinking about using sensors to monitor her baby, and bringing the NASA technology down to earth. Looking at ancient mathematics and different shapes, and taking 2D passive sensors and correlating them into fabric forms, recreating the same sensors made of different materials, making them out of a hunch, and building a suite of sensors of different textiles. Result: extremely high resonant frequencies are detectable, a wide range of spectrum to operate sensors. Bernard’s background in music as concert pianist, relating to how depending on thread count and length of thread and properties results get a different frequency, parallel to musical instrument strings — tunable fabrics.

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195 – Mary Hodder of IDESG – Calming Data Nerves

Data control and privacy rating/standard certification…

Mary Hodder, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) and a serial board member (bio), joins Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez and Marc Raco in front of a live audience at WEAR Conference 2017 in San Francisco.

Fixing the nervous problem, opt-in issues, and new generations

Hodder reviews her work on privacy and data control, and her background in usability engineering and product development. IDESG’s mission for rating/standard certification, for privacy and personal data control, coordinating all that many points of data to match up data from different sources, and how nearly nothing is being done to protect privacy. How if we felt more comfortable sharing data then companies could get more from us. Better sharing of data, how everyone wins, fixing the nervous problem in the marketplace, how 92% of populace have tried to stop data from getting out, why it indicates anxiety, the opt-in issues of giving up privacy, and how new generations will give up more privacy for better service.

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