Desirable accessory, technology solution or fad?

Wearable technology, wearable devices and fashionable technology are clothing and accessories that incorporate computer and electronic technologies. Smart clothes can be both practical and aesthetic, making technology a part of daily life. By embedding garments with electronics and sensors, they can exchange data with people and other connected devices, without human intervention. Wearable devices are, therefore, a good example of the Internet of Things, since they are part of the network of physical objects or "things". According to GlobalWebIndex, 71% of ...

Dyson Invented the “Google Glass” – Or Did He?

Hi DT Students, Another year is about to start and for DP2 you are over 2/3 of the way through your course, and for DP1 just starting the exciting journey. I thought I would start the year with an interesting story - about one of my favourite designers - James Dyson. Yes you have heard many stories and articles about him before but often it is always about his successes. Well as every designer knows for every success there are often many ...

Innovation Case Study: The Sewing Machine

IB Design Technology: Innovation Case Study -The Sewing Machine A sewing machine is a device which joins fabric using thread usually by creating stitches with two threads though some machines use more threads. Sewing machines can also create patterned stitches and button holes. The first sewing machine was patented in 1830 by Barthelemy Thimonnier. By 1841 Thimmonier had 80 machines in his Paris factory producing French Army uniforms (a pioneering system of volume production using mechanisation). The use of the sewing machine produced ...

Invention, Innovation & Design

The definition of invention in the IB Design Technology Diploma Guide Glossary is the process of discovering a principle - a technical advance in a particular field often resulting in a novel product. So an inventor may have an idea for a new product but these ideas themselves do not constitute an invention until they are transformed into something more tangible such as a model or a prototype. The general conditions applying to a patent for an invention are that ...