This study utilizes smart clothing as a tool to support self-training activities for individuals with Down syndrome. It addresses issues that arise in both daily life and sports, proposing sportswear with a calligraphy style, electronic devices and mobile applications. Down Syndrome Foundation R.O.C was established by selling Tu’s Calligraphy as a fund-raising effort in 1998. His illustrated artworks contained messages of love, joy and abundance, and was intended for males with Down syndrome and parents. In 2018, the author was invited to create a smart clothing design for the foundation for its 20 year anniversary celebration ceremony. The garment developed offers Down syndrome users a good fit and meaningful calligraphy to support self-training purposes.
Smart clothing utilizes functional stretch fabrics and a high degree of pattern-making technology protected by patent. The 3D sculpturing garment manufacturing method and system makes smart clothing easy to wear 12 hours a day. The garments have a 22gram electronic device with multiple safety functions, which include safety controls to assess temperature, location and fall down detection, an SOS alert, connected via mobile blue tooth. The smart clothing incorporates the silhouette, line stroke, texture and meaning of calligraphy style using a laser cutting mesh, hot-melt adhesive and waterproof tape.
In summary, this study focusses on developing a smart clothing designing procedure to demonstrate a good "design method" for smartly styled clothing and garment patterns. These designs not only fulfill user needs, they also provide comfort for all day wear, reliability for self-care training and mental support.
Ying-Chia Huang, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan
Stream: Humanities - Cyberspace, Technology
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