Kitty Yeung is a physicist, artist, maker, fashion designer and musician based in Silicon Valley, California. She currently works as a creative technologist and senior program manager at the Garage, Microsoft.
Kitty’s earlier career had been focused on hardcore scientific research and academic training while pursuing artistic endeavors through painting, music and graphic novel creations. It has been her dream since childhood to work in the three intellectual fields: science, music and art. Being a scientist, she also experienced how arts influence people culturally and how different fields inspire each other.
After finishing her PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University and conducting research at Intel, Kitty found the perfect way to integrate art/design with science/technology via tech-fashion design. Her work focuses on applying cutting-edge technologies to both garments and manufacturing processes.
Tech-Fashion Designs and the Wearables Industry
With the development of open-source hardware, fashion designers and creative technologists have started to include electronics as part of their designs, adding decorative and/or functional elements to garments. Driven by creative designs, the industry has tremendous opportunities but also faces significant challenges in scaling and scientific research. This talk gives an overview of the wearables industry with demos of programmable garments and discusses a few ideas for future development through automation.