Selecting the optimal integration technique
Thursday 2 December 4.00-5.00 pm CET, hosted by Elitac Wearables
Maximise the usability and commercial viability of your wearable! In this free webinar, you will learn:
- Which electronics and textile integration techniques are currently available.
- Which factors to consider when selecting a technique for your wearable.
- How experienced wearables developers decide which technique to use: A real-life case study.
- Which new integration techniques we can expect in the future.
Plus: Send us your questions to get personal advice from experienced wearables designers and smart textiles experts!
Guus de Hoog
User-centric Wearables Designer
with over 10 years’ experience.
Fashion Tech Designer
Red Dot-winning Fashion
Nils-Krister Persson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Docent
Swedish School of Textiles,
University of Borås
Head of Smart Textiles Technology Lab
WEAFING Project collaborator
Why a webinar on electronics and textile
The choice of integration technique has an enormous impact on the subsequent wearable development. It influences material choice, development time and risk, not to mention cost price and target group. It is one of the most important design choices when developing a wearable.
Integration techniques have come a long way in the last few years, but there is not (yet) one integration technique that works for each and every wearable. Existing techniques range from full, permanent integration to removable components, and a host of options in-between.
Each technique has advantages and disadvantages that must be weighed against each other. The optimal technique depends on a wide range of factors: end users, type of use, body placement, business case, washability, lifespan, etc.
This makes it hard for wearables designers to see the forest for the trees sometimes, but if you can select the optimal technique early on in the development process, it will pay off: by maximising the usability and commercial viability of your wearable.
What you will learn
After this webinar, you will know all about electronics and textile integration techniques:
- Elitac Wearables’ Creative Director Guus de Hoog is a user-centric designer with over 10 years’ experience developing wearables. He will discuss the current available options to integrate electronics and textiles, the (dis)advantages of each technique and which factors you should consider when selecting a technique.
- Marina Toeters is a Red Dot winning Fashion Tech Desginer who operates on the cutting edge of technology and fashion design. She will take us through a case study of one of her development projects, explaining how an experienced wearables designer goes about selecting a technique in real life.
- Nils-Krister Persson is one of the leading authorities on (future) smart textiles and a collaborator in the EU Horizons-supported research project WEAFING. He will give us a glimpse into the future: what can we expect from wearables in 10-20 years’ time?
- Your questions: The audience is encouraged to submit their own questions about integration techniques beforehand. A selection will be discussed during the webinar.
Thursday 2 December 4.00-5.00 pm CET
- 4.00 pm: Introduction
Merijn Klarenbeek (CEO & co-founder) & Guus de Hoog, Elitac Wearables
- 4.05 pm: Current integration techniques
Guus de Hoog, Creative Director, Elitac Wearables
- 4.15 pm: Designing wearables: a practical case study of selecting & implementing an integration technique
Marina Toeters, Fashion Tech Designer, by-wire.net
- 4.25 pm: Round-table discussion: Ask the experts
Guus de Hoog & Marina Toeters
- 4.40 pm: Integration techniques of the future + Q&A
Nils-Krister Persson, PhD, Department of Textile Technology, University of Borås
- 4.55 pm: Wrap-up
Merijn Klarenbeek & Guus de Hoog, Elitac Wearables
If you can’t join live, please feel free to register now and we will send you the recorded webinar to watch at your convenience.
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About the speakers
Guus de Hoog
Guus is a user-centric designer with over 10 years’ experience in the overlapping fields of product, UX and service design. He has worked on consumer electronics, sports equipment, medical devices, smart wearables & IOT projects. At Elitac Wearables, he is responsible for:
- Making sure all disciplines of wearable design come together in our meaningful projects (hardware, software, product, fashion & UX design).
- Inspiring new clients and envisioning what wearables could look like for their business.
- Ensuring we keep learning and improving our solutions and the way we work.
Marina Toeters is a Red Dot-winning Fashion Tech Designer. She operates on the cutting edge of technology and fashion design. Through her business by-wire.net she stimulates collaboration between the fashion industry and technical innovators for a relevant fashion system and supportive garments for everyday use. She advises – via prototyping and a research through design approach – on product development. She designs and develops concepts to inspire the world how fashion could be.
As a teacher, coach and researcher, she works for a fashion department (HKU) and industrial design faculty (TU/e). In 2019 Marina edited the book Unfolding Fashion Tech: Pioneers of Bright Futures and opened the Fashion Tech Farm, a studio, incubator and small-scale production facility for innovative fashion, based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. More info: www.by-wire.net and www.fashiontechfarm.com
As Steering Board member of EILLT she contributes her knowledge, just as she does for tech companies like Philips Research, Holst Centre, the start-up Bilihome and others on product development.
Nils-Krister Persson is head of the Smart Textiles Technology Lab at the Department of Textile Technology, University of Borås.
He has pioneered smart textiles in Sweden, sharing his time between working both with companies and the public sector for innovation in the field, and performing research in an academic context.
For the latter, actuating textiles have been of special interest, i.e. textiles that impact their surrounding. This could be achieved in several ways: mechanically, chemically or by electrostimulation.