Design Field Notes: Katia Vega

Seminar | September 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

About Design Field Notes:
Each informal talk in this pop-up series brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

About this talk:
Can the skin become an interactive platform?
In order to move forward traditional cosmetics to interactive ones, Katia Vega created Beauty Technology. It extends the functionality of cosmetics by exploring them as skin interfaces such as Conductive Makeup, Tech Nails and Hairware. The Dermal Abyss explores the possibilities of replacing traditional tattoo ink with biosensors that changes colors in response to changes in our metabolism. In this way, the skin is a bio-display that reveals information that is inside the body such as pH, sodium and glucose levels.

About the speaker:
Katia Vega is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Design in the University of California, Davis. She was a Postdoc Associate at MIT Media Lab (USA). She got her PhD and Master Degree in Computer Science at PUC-Rio (Brazil). Her research interests include wearable technologies, interactive tattoos, beauty technology and skin interfaces. Her work has been featured by New Scientist, Wired, Discovery, CNN, among others. In 2016, MIT Technology Review awarded her as one of the 5 Innovators under 35 in Peru. Recently, CNET recognized her as one of the Top 20 most influential Latinos in Tech in 2017.

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