While teaching textiles and fashion design studio classes at Savannah College of Art & Design, Zeagler realized his true passion lies in bridging the gap between the disciplines of Wearable design and Human Centered Computing. A diverse background in fashion (MA Fashion Domus Academy, Milan), industrial design and textiles (BS Industrial Design Georgia Tech, Minor in Textile Manufacturing Georgia Tech, Atlanta) drives his research on electronic textiles and on-body interfaces with the Contextual Computing Group of the GVU center of Georgia Tech. As a Research Scientist II for the Georgia Tech Interactive Media Technology Center and Instructor for the Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design he teaches courses on Wearable Product Design and an ID section of Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing (MUC). Zeagler enjoys working with corporations such as HP/Palm and Google to bring real world experience into the classroom. His ongoing relationship with the NASA Georgia Space Grant Consortium to funds MUC student projects on wearable computing for space—a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate students. He is also a member of the NASA Wearable Technology Cluster a group of scientists and academics working together to give advice to those in NASA working on wearable computing or electronic textile projects. A deep understanding of the garment production process fosters innovation in his research. Zeagler’s company Pecan Pie Couture hand dyed, embroidered, and screen-printed textiles and garments. Building upon that skillset, his research led to the creation of the Electronic Textile Interface Swatch Book (ESwatchBook) in collaboration with Thad Starner. The ESwatchBook is designed to help facilitate discussions between the skill and craft-based design disciplines (.i.e. fashion) and more technical disciplines (.i.e. computer science). To put the ESwatchBook’s capabilities to the test, he developed a series of workshops at multiple colleges with the purpose of bringing together designers with engineers / technology specialists. The workshops were funded by a National Endowment for the Arts grant, which he co-authored. Zeagler’s most recent endeavor FIDO: Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations is an exploration into using wearable electronics to enhance interactions between service dogs and their handler/owners. If you are interested in wearable technology be sure to download Zeagler’s e-book Meeting The Challenge: The Path Towards A Consumer Wearable Computer.
FIDO – Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations Wearable Dog-Activated Interfaces. M. Jackson, C. Zeagler, G. Valentin, A. Martin, V. Martin, A. Delawalla, W. Blount, S. Eiring, R. Hollis, & T. Starner. IEEE & ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, Zurich, Switzerland, September 2013 BEST PAPER
The Textile Interface Swatchbook: Creating graphical user interface-like widgets with conductive embroidery. S Gilliland, N Komor, T Starner, C Zeagler. IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers, Seoul, South Korea. October 2010. NOMINATED for Best Paper
Going to the Dogs: Towards an Interactive Touchscreen Interface for Working Dogs C. Zeagler, S. Gilliland, L. Freil, T. Starner, and M. Jackson. In UIST ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology Honolulu, HI, USA 2014
FIDO – Facilitating interactions for dogs with occupations: wearable communication interfaces for working dogs M. Jackson, G. Valentin, L. Freil, L. Burkeen, C. Zeagler, S. Gilliland, B. Currier, T. Starner. In Personal and Ubiquitous Computing , October 2014
Can I Wash It? : The Effect of Washing Conductive Materials Used in Making Textile Based Wearable Electronic Interfaces C. Zeagler, S. Gilliland, S. Audy, & T. Starner. IEEE & ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, Zurich, Switzerland, September 2013
Don’t Mind Me Touching My Wrist: A Case Study of Interacting with On-Body Technology in Public. H. Profita, J. Clawson, S. Gilliland, C. Zeagler, T. Starner, J. Budd, E. Yi-Luen Do. IEEE & ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, Zurich, Switzerland, September 2013
Wearable Sensors: Fundamentals, Implementation and Applications / Chapter 1.2 Social Aspects of Wearability and Interaction. LE. Dunne, H. Profita, C. Zeagler. September 17, 2014 ISBN-13: 978-0124186620 ISBN-10: 0124186629
The social comfort of wearable technology and gestural interaction. Dunne, L. E., Profita, H., Zeagler, C., Clawson, J., Gilliland, S., Do, E. Y. L., & Budd, J. (2014, August). In 36th Annual International Conference of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2014 (pp. 4159-4162). IEEE.
The Electronic Textile Interface Workshop: Facilitating Interdisciplinary Collaboration C. Zeagler, S. Pobiner, S. Gilliland, H. Profita, S. Audy, T. Starner. IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, Toronto, Canada, June 2013
Textile Interfaces: Embroidered Jog-Wheel, Beaded Tilt Sensor, Twisted Pair Ribbon, and Sound Sequins. C. Zeagler, S. Gilliland, H. Profita, and T. Starner. In IEEE ISWC, pages 60-63, Newcastle, UK, 2012.
Is it Gropable? – Assessing the Impact of Mobility on Textile Interfaces. N. Komor, S. Gilliland, J. Clawson, M. Bhardwaj, M. Garg, C. Zeagler, and T. Starner. IEEE International Symposium. on Wearable Computers, pages 71–74, Linz, Austria 2009
The Electronic Textile Interface Workshop: Scaffolding Communication Across Disciplines. S. Pobiner, C. Zeagler, H. Profita, S. Gilliland, H. Lee, S. Audy, H. Shin, T. Starner. ACM DIS 2012 Poster, Newcastle, UK, 2012
Canine Reachability of Snout-based Wearable Inputs G. Valentin, J. Alcaidinho, L. Freil, C. Zeagler, M. Jackson, and T. Starner. In IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers, Seattle, WA 2014
The 60th Anniversary of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech. ISBN 978-0-9888773-0-6 Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Industrial Design. Joyce Medina & Clint Zeagler 2013
Design research methods to understand user needs for an etextile knee sleeve. C. Byrne, C. Rebola, C. Zeagler. ACM International Conference on Design of Communication. Greenville South Carolina, USA, September 2013
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