In collaboration with the by-wire.network we are able to make working prototypes of wearable electronics and innovative fashion in small badges. The by-wire network is well equipped to develop and execute: pattern drawing; fitting models; source suitable fabrics, accessory, haberdashery, soft electronics; sew, knit, weld, glue the parts together; labelling; photo shoot; technical drawing; and detailed process documentation.
Holst Centre Light Jacket
In collaboration with the ILJA team by-wire.net has developed integrated light systems for the most recent couture collection ASSIMILA. These systems were integrated in 5 couture looks in the ASSIMILA SS16 collection, shown at Paris Fashion Week. ASSIMILA is about assimilation and therefore inspired by the skin, where the change of colour is poetically expressed in these technical light systems.
With the help of Bear Creek Mining S.A.C. in Peru we developed the first proof of concept to combine alpaca yarn with innovative wearable technology: NazcAlpaca. An innovative training system to avoid work related stress issues. The NazcAlpaca shirt monitors your body, with this app you can adjust settings, start training and check your history. Two scarfs can measure the air quality and temperature around the wearer. Here you will find a visual documentation of the process and its prototypes so far.
Press release: June 24, 2015 – Today, imec and Holst Centre are demonstrating the most advanced smart garment to date at the Imec Technology Forum (ITF) in Brussels. The smart t-shirt measures a highly accurate electrocardiogram (ECG), recognizes activity and calculates energy expenditure in an unobtrusive way. The t-shirt features imec and Holst Centre’s flexible smart fabric interconnect technology, and miniaturized electronics. The smart t-shirt allows for maximum user comfort and natural movement.
Via the research center of Saxion Smart Functional Materials I was asked to design and make a garment to show the outstanding qualities of conductive glue developed by MaanR&D. The sweater is made out of scrubbed Lycra, the conductive fabric is laser cut in the Maan logo and than laminated on the Lycra fabric. After the sweater was finished MaanR&D connected tiny LED’s with conductive glue.
In 2013 we made several Blue light wristband prototypes for Philips. Now on show during TechTextil 2015 in Frankfurt one of the prototypes with the beautiful integration technology of Imec and Holst Centre.
Last year I had the pleasure to consult and prototype the fixation and textile research, during the development process of the Philips Blue Control: “The world’s first wearable blue LED light therapy device to treat skin disease psoriasis vulgaris.” Now it is out there!!!
Rijksmuseum initiated the project Luminous Couture: a glowing collar, inspired by the 17th century costumes of the wealthy bourgeois in the Amsterdam Canal Belt. The 21st Century interpretation contains LED technology.
Since August 2010 by-wire.net is working for Philips on the straps to attach the Pain Relief Patch onto the body. The patch and straps are for sale at the pharmacy shops as Philips Blue Touch. by-wire.net was involved in the research and development areas prototyping, user comfort, product design, material (textile) research, fitting / sizing and production sourcing. More info for buying>>
As member of the E-textile group I was asked to contribute to a e-textile swatch book 2013. As by-wire.net is developing products worn close to the body I tried to address some discussion topics that often occur during the process. Four of them are combined in this e-textile swatch.
The first complete e-wearable pervasive game platform
Woven Wearable Games is a Master graduation project at the Utrecht School of the Arts created by Christiaan Ribbens and Patrick Kersten.
This summer Melissa Bonvie and Marina Toeters helped them by designing and making 2 interactive sweaters.
Check the concept around this ‘Pervasive Game’ and more details: wearablegames.eu
We did an experiment to make new material out of old synthetic fabrics. Thijs Rijkens, student Product Design HKU, made an rotating heating system with little holes to press the material around, as a ‘suikerspin-machine’. Here a small collection of jewelry and garment parts. More info about Thijs’ work: thijsrijkers.nl
64 vibrators are integrated in this shirt. All these tiny vibrators can be individually controlled. A microchip with wireless connection is connected to a system that translates music in tactile information. High tones will be felt high on the body, with low tones the lowest vibrators come in action. That’s how you can feel Beethoven move onto your body or Tiësto beating all over you arms and back.
This project is commissioned by the Utrecht School of Art; music, interaction & game department, in and made in collaboration with Tim Walther. Pictures by Maarten van der Meer
Wireless sensor costumes for Marloeke van der Vlugt
Development and production of a wireless sensor costumes, by Waag Society and by-wire.net. Design of the suit is a collaboration between Marina Toeters and Marloeke van der Vlugt.
12 different sensors are integrated into a digital printed jersey with embroidery effect.
This suit will be used in Duetten, 1-5 June 2011 in Het Veemtheater with Marjolein Vogels, Sarah Manya, Tim van Elferen. Theater design and production by Marloeke van der Vlugt.