Assistant professor at the MIT Media Lab, director of the High-Low Tech Group
Her research has already led to the development of T-shirts that work as instruments, interactive wallpaper that monitors its surroundings, and sewable electronic components that allow individuals to build their own wearable, interactive fashion. Leah Buechley is in the enviable position of educating some of the brightest students in the country while collaborating with them on amazingly cool mashups of textiles and technologies. This tech has already found its way into novelty items, but the ideas Buechley germinates may just lead to a future where your sleeve is also your smart phone.
Buechley’s research in the field of electronic textiles earned her the Best Paper award at the 2006 International Symposium on Wearable Computers.
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