Three Fashion Management graduate certificate students and three Faculty of Media and Creative Arts (FMCA) Web Design and Interactive Media students teamed up to work together on the "Fashion Internet of Things (IoT) Wearable Smart Purse Project" last Fall.
The cross-faculty collaboration between the Faculty of Business (FB) and Faculty of Media and Creative Arts (FMCA) was initiated and led by Program Coordinators David Neumann of FMCA and Rossie Kadiyska of FB. Students also received guidance from Professors Vladimira Steffek and Julie Savile.
Chaoran (Sharyn) Ge
Qiaoyu Pan (Poppy) Pan
The pilot project was an example of cross-departmental and disciplinary partnership with students building on the knowledge acquired in six different subjects. This experiential teamwork allowed students to apply what they had learned, research the latest advances in fashion technology, hone team skills and explore new career paths while strengthening emotional intelligence and building resilience.
In ten weeks of work - both off and online, thirty hours of project time and three product versions, the students built one final prototype named the Smart Purse “Aleo” and were elated by the success of their prototype after many weeks of hard work.
Aleo incorporated smart technology features such as interior lighting, notification relay, GPS tracking, safety alarm and emergency SMS.
A special thank you to Scott Brewster from the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology (FAST) for his help during the final stage of fabrication.