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MinnTS is an annual joint meeting of area technical and scientific organizations first held in 2003 by MMS, SEMI, AVS and ASM. The purpose of MinnTS is to provide a venue for local technical professionals to gather for networking, dinner, and technical presentations by local experts. Speakers are typically chosen from the local area to minimize costs. Because of the wide diversity represented by the sponsoring organizations, speakers are chosen to present a range of general interest topics. Click here for previous speakers & topics.

MinnTS 2021: Wearable Technologies
When: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7pm CST

Location: Virtual Event via Zoom

Attendance: All are welcome to attend. You do not need to be a member of a participating society.

Cost: Free for 2021

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

Schedule of Events:
7:00 - 7:05 Welcome Message & Introductions
7:05 - 7:50 Dr. Lucy Dunne
7:50 - 8:00 Break
8:00 - 8:45 Dr. Dave Fabry

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

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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

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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.

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