ambient sensory technology kit

At lunch today I spoke with an OSU ACCAD professor about the idea of getting ahold of a kind of “wearable” technology kit. All the bits out there but not many folks have created a kind of kit for curious folks like myself to get up to speed quickly in this realm of tech. My interests are mainly behavioral, but I need to get the jist of it first, create a concept, get the kit, and pursue some ideas and conduct research.

The problem I have with wearable concepts right now is that the know how is in the hands of the few, I’m not even sure where to start other than the basic ideas i have.

Any one have any info that could help me?