Date

2019 12:00 AM

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Department

Mechanical Engineering

College

Human Sciences

Project Advisor

Eulanda Sanders and Bingyue Wei

Description

The purpose of this study was to gauge public opinion on wearable technology and create a working prototype, with an extra focus on solar panel integration. Thus, the researchers collected information to develop a useful wearable technology product. Despite growing interest in wearable technology, the use of solar panels in commercial products is scarce. Companies have experimented with the integration of solar panels in clothing but have not been successful. This is due to multiple factors including aesthetics, efficiency, functionality, and price. This mixed method research design is composed of three phases: (a) a student focus group interview, (b) campus-wide online survey, and (c) prototyping. The collected data and textile testing guided the prototype design. Materials included a flexible solar panel, a lithium ion battery, and electrical converters. The prototype provides an example to companies of a product that would likely take off in the market, because it was designed from consumer input. The results of this study contribute to bridging the gap between the product developers and consumers concerning wearable technology. This research is a continuation of previous work with solar powered book bag development including a sleeker design and electrical integration.

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Exploring Wearable Technology: Prototyping of Solar Powered Book Bags

The purpose of this study was to gauge public opinion on wearable technology and create a working prototype, with an extra focus on solar panel integration. Thus, the researchers collected information to develop a useful wearable technology product. Despite growing interest in wearable technology, the use of solar panels in commercial products is scarce. Companies have experimented with the integration of solar panels in clothing but have not been successful. This is due to multiple factors including aesthetics, efficiency, functionality, and price. This mixed method research design is composed of three phases: (a) a student focus group interview, (b) campus-wide online survey, and (c) prototyping. The collected data and textile testing guided the prototype design. Materials included a flexible solar panel, a lithium ion battery, and electrical converters. The prototype provides an example to companies of a product that would likely take off in the market, because it was designed from consumer input. The results of this study contribute to bridging the gap between the product developers and consumers concerning wearable technology. This research is a continuation of previous work with solar powered book bag development including a sleeker design and electrical integration.