How modular systems of the MYOW Project bridge the gap between fashion and new technology

The first mention of the DIY ("Do It Yourself") culture goes back to the beginning of the 20th century. It has evolved over the years and become especially popular in the fashion industry.
By: Wear It Berlin
BERLIN - Sept. 27, 2021 - PRLog -- In recent years, a subculture has emerged, representing a technology-based extension of the DIY Culture. The Makers Culture is gathering engineers but also novices, designing and developing new devices in a self-taught manner or learning from other members of the community. Even though the DIY movement has become very popular over recent years, especially with the emergence of tutorials on youtube and other platforms, they remain relatively basic or "home-made". "This is why in 2018, the MYOW project ("Make Your Own Wearable") was launched in Germany to create a platform enabling users to develop their own wearable products and integrating technical elements such as sensors and actuators to the garment", explained Rolf Fricke, Head of R&D at Condat AG and MYOW Coordinator. The MYOW* Project encompasses a Web Application, a matchmaking tool, a programming platform and a DIY toolkit.

Web Application

Once a user signs up on the MYOW Web Application and creates a personal profile, they are matched by the platform based on skills and preferences with other users. When creating a project on the platform, the owner can also create open vacancies for the project. Other users of the platform will then be matched to the project based on the required skills and level of expertise. The matchmaking system, achieved through an API system, intends at filling the gaps and creating a team of people with complementary skills. It, therefore, brings together people of different expertise to create a team. Beate Prelle from Condat AG, responsible for the MYOW system architecture states that "If you have a great idea for a new wearable product but are not familiar with the whole skill set of designing, sewing, electronics and programming just find people on the platform with similar interests and complementary skills and implement your prototype as a team!".

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