After Dark: Wearable Technologies

Thursday, April 3, 2014 • 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Exploratorium Pier 15
$15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members
Adults Only (18+)

Note: A ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

Since our early ancestors first donned clothes, humans have continued to modify the ways our bodies engage with the world. Join us to experience some of the fascinating and beautiful new technologies helping us transcend our physical limitations, from eyeglasses to exoskeletons.

Learn how wearable computers could improve communication and attention with Google Glass Lead Thad Starner. Find out how Not Impossible Labs founder Mick Ebeling established a 3D-printed prosthetics lab in South Sudan. See an Ekso Bionics exoskeleton in action, and join filmmaker Regan Bashear for a screening of her documentary Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement.*

Take in a performance by Jordan B. Wilson, One-Man Band, and discover electronically enhanced couture by Electrobaroque, Mikaela Holmes, PersonaLED, Pixeldelic, SENSOREE, and Natalie Walsh. Experiment with altered vision, examine the intricacies of your own clothes, and sew circuits into your own illuminated designs with Grace Kim and Emily Lovell. Wear your curiosity well at After Dark.

*Fixed will be screened with closed captions. If you would like a headset, please email or call (415) 528-4646 for more information.

Photo credit: Heart Sync by SENSOREE, taken by Michael Garrigues




Wearable Computing: Through the Looking Glass
With Thad Starner
7:00 p.m.
Kanbar Forum

Not Impossible Labs: Project Daniel
With Mick Ebeling
7:30 and 8:45 p.m.
Bay Observatory Gallery



Jordan B. Wilson, One-Man Band
5:45–7:30 p.m.
The Plaza

Wearable Technology on the Runway
8:00 and 9:00 p.m.
West Gallery

Featuring works by:

Mikaela Holmes
Natalie Walsh


Emcee Velveeta
Hair and makeup by Treja



With Ekso Bionics
7:15, 8:15, and 9:15 p.m.
Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Google Glass Demonstrations
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Bay Observatory Terrace and East Gallery



Sewn Circuits
With Grace Kim, Emily Lovell, and Tinkering Studio Staff
6:30–9:30 p.m.
South Gallery

Clothes Encounters
With Explorables
6:30–9:30 p.m.
East Gallery Corridor

Left, Right, Upside Down
With the Explainers
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Central Gallery



Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement*
With Regan Brashear
8:30 p.m.
Kanbar Forum

Watch the trailer for the documentary Fixed.