Zero Power Smart Fashion

Technology meets New York Fashion Week! Zero Power Smart Fashion will showcase the newest products and technologies the wearable tech and smart clothing community have to offer.

Event Details


The Gallery of Metropolitan Pavillon
125 W 18th St. , New York City, New York United States


September 10, 2014 from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm UTC (UTC+00:00)


Free Admission

This September, during New York’s fashion week, the Zero Power Smart Fashion exhibition and symposium will showcase the newest products and technologies the wearable tech and smart clothing community have to offer. Leading research labs and companies will showcase their cutting-edge products and technologies at the intersection of fashion and science.


  • Join us to see what happens when the world of fashion and science collide.

  • Come and discover truly innovative and functional accessories.

  • See how self-sufficient sensors woven into garments can support humans by sensing bio-medical signals and collect data from the environment.

  • Explore the future of fashion with forward-thinking industry leaders, scientists and creatives.


10:30am-5pm: Exhibition open to the public

2pm-6pm: Speaker presentations open to the public

6pm: Cocktail reception for invited guests and experts*

8:30pm: Doors closing

*The networking session at 6pm is aimed at experts from the fashion industry, as well as the wearable tech and related technology fields and therefore not open to the general public. You can register to attend the speaker presentations hereIn case you wish to attend the networking session, please write an e-mail including a link to your LinkedIn profile to and we will get back to you asap. 


Over 20 outstanding speakers and exhibitors will discuss the following topics:


  • Wearable computing
  • Fashionable nanotechnology
  • Smart textiles
  • Smart patches, tattoos and epidermal electronics
  • Ultra-low power movement and physical activity sensors for sports and wellbeing
  • Hydration and nutrition monitoring by smart garments
  • Wireless sensors embedded in garments for interfacing with smart hubs (phones and glasses)
  • Environmental quality monitoring by smart garments
  • Fashion, trillion sensor planet and Internet-of-Things
  • Wearable energy harvesting and storage; self-energized garments



The goal of this special, one-day exhibition and symposium is to showcase the latest innovations in wearable technologies, and to connect the fashion and high-tech industries with the research institutions and universities from the US and Europe. This event, brought to you by the Zero Power Smart Systems Initiative of EPFL and ETHZ, in cooperation with swissnex Boston  reflects the continuation of key research and development activities initiated in Europe by the Guardian Angels for a Smarter Life Flagship Project and its extension in North America. Key international experts from leading universities and colleges will showcase visionary roadmaps and future evolutions of smart garments embedding sensing, computation, communication and energy functions.



2:00pm, Opening words:

  • Felix Moesner, Consul, CEO at swissnex Boston


2:05 – 3:15pm, Session 1:

  • Adrian Ionescu, Professor and Director Nanolab, EPFL

Zero-Power: Enabling Digital Smart Fashion 

  • Winny Tan, IMEC

Exploiting Silicon Nanotechnologies for Next Generation Wearables

  • Juan Hinestroza, Cornell University

Can Nanotechnology Be Fashionable? Tales of Merging Fiber Science and Apparel Design 

  • Sabine Seymour, Moondial Inc

Computational Fashion 

  • Davide Vigano, Sensoria Inc. 

Fashion and the Internet of Everyone

  • Chris Grayson, Wearable Tech Startup Entrepreneur

Industrial Design and Its Impact (tbc)


4:10 – 5:45pm, Session 2:

  • Keynote 2: Andrea Onetti, ST Microelectronics

ST bridges Fashion and Electronics 

  • Geneviève Dion, Shima Seiki HAute Technology Laboratory at ExCITe

Garment Device

  • Despina Papadopoulos, Principled Design

Wearable Environments: Sense and Non-Sense 

  • Roozbeh Ghaffari, MC10

Disgning for Werabilty

  • Dan Steingart, Princeton University

Wearable Energy Harvesting: Challenges and Opportunities (tbc)

  • William O’Farrell, Body Labs

The Body as the Next Digital Platform


Head of Discussion:
Session 1: Christofer Hierold, ETH Zürich
Session 2: Dudley Fetzer, Qualcomm

Note: Agenda is subject to change




FORSTER ROHNER TEXTILE INNOVATIONS Founded in 2009 Forster Rohner Textile Innovations’ main focus is the integration of electronic functionalities into textile structures (Smart or Intelligent Fabrics). Core competency is the robust, textile interconnection of electronic components on textile substrates, the development of miniaturized electronic components for textile integration and the combination of functional and aesthetic embroideries. Examples are the integration of LEDs into textiles, as well as the development of textile sensor and heating construction. As an independent business unit with Forster Rohner AG, Forster Rohner Textile Innovations combines the century old textile tradition with founded knowledge in material science, textile technology and electrical engineering. 

SENSORIA INC. Sensoria Inc. has a vision: “The Garment is The Computer.” The mission is to design and develop body-sensing wearables that improve peoples’ lives. Their technology IP is focused on integrated textile sensors, microelectronics, and software solution that target fitness and healthcare scenarios. The consumer line of smart garments includes our t-shirts, sports bras and smart socks that are marketed under the Sensoria brand. Sensoria Inc. is also working with apparel, shoe manufacturing, and fashion industry players to build their own lines of smart garments “Powered by Sensoria.” 

MISFIT Misfit invents and manufactures great wearable and ambient computing products. 

ETH ZÜRICH ETH Zurich – one of the world’s leading universities in the fields of technology and natural sciences, will be showcasing a vision of intelligent clothing and zero-power wearable sensor systems that utilize energy harvesting from the human body and the environment. The University will present thermal and piezoelectric energy harvesting, biopotential readout and body function measurements integrated into fashionable clothing. 

XSENSIO The mission of Xsensio is to make autonomous smart sensing systems a reality in everyday life. The company, a spinoff of the EPFL Nanolab, develops low-power, non-invasive wearable technologies able to efficiently monitor physical and physiological activities. Xsensio will showcase its novel HydraSense concept: a fashion-forward wearable concept of intelligent garment and patches that seamlessly monitors hydration, and sends alerts if a critical threshold is reached. The multi-parametric concept exploits the integration of different core body and location-specific parameters, and relays the information wirelessly to a smart phone. HydraSense targets a broad spectrum of users, from the athlete who wants to be notified before dehydration affects his performance, to elderly people and infants. 

BRICKSIMPLE LLC BrickSimple LLC is a leading developer of next generation web, mobile, and wearable computing applications. 

JONLOU Jon Lou™ merges MIT engineering with Italian design to create fashion accessories that seamlessly interact with a user’s electronic devices. Their first product is The 314, a behavior-learning handbag that can charge devices for two weeks straight and automatically lights up in low ambient lighting.

EPF LAUSANNE The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) will be represented by the Nanoelectronic Deviecs Laboratory (NANOLAB) – Prof. Ionescu, the Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Laboratory (SAMLAB) – Dr. Briand and the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces – Prof. Gratzel. The reserach teams of these laboratories will show and demonstrate wearable and portable technologies focusing on:

  • Flexible radios based on organic electronics on polyimide substrates
  • Wearable FinFET sensors for pH and protein detection
  • Low power gas sensors for smart nose exploiting Carbon Nanotube sensors
  • Wearable piezoelectric composite elastomeric generators
  • PZT energy generator transferred on PET substrates
  • Solar cells on flexible substrates exploiting artificial photosynthesis

These new devices and technologies are part of EPFL’s Zero-Power initiative aiming at the development of a technology platform for future Autonomous Smart Systems. 


More exhibitors will be announced soon