Workshop Beauty Technology


A week with Katia Vega from MIT Medialab

  • Creation: 02/21/2020
  • Update: 02/21/2020

Katia Vega is a Beauty Tech Designer. Inspired by invisible computing, augmenting human capabilities and magic, she proposes novel ways of interacting with the world. Her invention is called Beauty Technology, a wearable computing subfield that integrates technology into cosmetics to be applied directly to one’s skin, fingernails and hair in order to transform the body’s surface in an interactive platform. Conductive Makeup, Tech Nails, FX e-makeup and Hairware are some of her Beauty Technologies. Imagine that you blink and turn on the lights, move your fingernails and open the door, touch your hair and record a conversation.

Currently, she joined the Responsive Environments Group at MIT Media Lab as a Postdoctoral Associate. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at PUC-Rio (Brazil). She got her PhD and master degrees in Computer Science at same university under the supervision of Prof. Hugo Fuks. She was a Research Assistant in the Wearables Lab at HKBU (Hong Kong). Her undergraduate studies were done in Computer Science at UNMSM (Peru). Co-Founder of Soluciones Racionales (IBM Business Partner - Peru).

Recently, Springer has published her book with her co-author Hugo Fuks: "Beauty Technology: Designing Seamless Interfaces for Wearable Computing". She has published in the main conferences and journals in HCI: CHI, TEI, UIST, IUI, IEEE Computer, among others. Her work was covered by New Scientist, Wired, Discovery, CNN, PSFK and others. She exhibited her artwork in several galleries and festivals such as Barbican of London, Tekniska Museet in Stockholm, Music Tech Festival in Berlin and Bellagio in Las Vegas. Her currently research areas are beauty technology, fashion technology, wearable computers and HCI.