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Mannequins no longer just for showing clothes in store windows

August 31, 2010

This week Camosun College’s Sport Innovation Centre (SPIN) hosted an international conference where leading scientists and researchers shared their expertise using the worlds’ most sophisticated thermal mannequin, Newton. Up for discussion: everything from how to keep soldiers from sweating on the battlefield, to how to keep your backside cool on a hot leather car seat.

“Newton allows us to work cost-effectively and without any danger to humans,” says Richard A. Burke Vice President of Measurement Technology Northwest, a co-sponsor of the conference.

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During the four-day 813M conference, first responders, auto interior manufacturers, technical garment designers, and survival gear designers for extreme climates all presented updates on their research. Spain, Portugal, France, Ukraine, England, USA, Canada, Japan, and Singapore were represented at the conference.

Camosun’s SPIN also showcased some of its current research and development projects, including materials work for a number of Canadian national teams, and ongoing sensor and wireless data transmission for high performance athletes.

“Applied research in the college sector is a relatively new thing for Canada,” says Dr. Tim Walzak, BC Regional Innovation Chair in Sport Technology and Director, Applied Research and Innovation at Camosun College. “Hosting an international conference like this reinforces the fact that Camosun is now the place where high tech research and innovation takes place.”

By all accounts the 813M conference was a huge success in terms of networking, collaboration and establishing new business relationships.

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Last updated: August 31, 2010 2:17 pm

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