In the digital landscape a new reality has started to shine by itself: the ubiquitous computing. A concept that is burying the common idea of machine and completely altering the role computers play nowadays. In this computational narrative, the challenge is no longer to add a new digital object to our list of tools, but to dote faculty of processing data to our domestic elements.
In this regard, and unlike the desktop computation, ubiquitous computing propose natural and constant interaction among users and environment, extending its influence in all fields of human phenomena, even in the one more domestic and primary: our body.In this context, disciplines as programming and electronics become highly interconnected, blurring old boundaries and merging different fields of knowledge. Fashion has been already affected by this radical change. Therefore, clothes, shoes and other accessories can now incorporate elements of hardware and software, generating a peculiar mix between fashion and computation that is incredibly fertile and inspiring. Data becomes Beauty, Interaction becomes Emotion. As a result, a new aesthetic is emerging. Reshape focus on the definition of this language, proposing a new challenge to makers and designers: RESHAPE15 | WEarable technology competition.
Proposals will focus on the possibilities of wearable technology without any design limitation. Once again Reshape leaves to designers freedom and responsibility of their own choices. Nonetheless, all submission must reflect the mission of Reshape: merging ideas with fabrication processes and market viabilities. Fabrication strategies must be clear and reasonable, demonstrating a real control of the production process. The distributed network of fabrication of Reshape includes Fab Labs and Maker Space, all equipped with digital fabrication machines such as laser cutters, 3d printers, milling machines and robotics arms. Entries are required to rely on those machines as main tools for the fabrication process. Assembly method and production costs will also be taken into consideration in the evaluation process.
Competition Website: http://www.youreshape.com/