Smart Textile Services

Designing and Selling 'Soft Product' - 'Valuable Service' systems (Smart Textile Services) is about the development of successful methods, platforms, guiding principles and the business models required to understand the multi-disciplinary opportunities and challenges of creating Smart Textile Product Service Systems.

Innovation in the form of the combination of soft materials with high technology has led to the development of so-called Smart Textiles. These are of strategic importance for the European textile industry to sustain their competitive edge and to counter threats from low-labour cost producers.

Smart Textiles can conduct light, heat or currents; i.e. the textile becomes an interactive product and can now become part of larger product service systems (PSS). This opens up a vast field of opportunities for textile developers and product and service designers to combine their disciplines in the application areas of well being and life style.

To develop these complex PSS solutions, manufacturers need to move away from their current fragmented, slow or non-existent knowledge exchange methods and team up with relevant partners. Initial investment in this field has led to the design and development of an inspirational test-bed, called ‘Wearable Senses’ at TU/e.

What questions are being answered?
Teams from 3 universities and Industry partners are working together to answer the questions:

  • How can the application of user-centred design methods discover, exchange and combine the theoretical principles, strong traditions and best practices within the domain of textile, interactive product and service design?
  • What are the methods and criteria for the different stakeholders to pass the transitions from the Incubation, Nursery and Adoption phases?
  • How can the creative industry illicit awareness about the opportunities and challenges of Smart Textile PSS through co-creation and the use of inspirational Test-beds?

What will the teams achieve?
A methodology and tools for the creative industries to translate societal issues into opportunities for Smart Textile PSS’s. An ‘inspirational test-bed’ where proposals for these systems are realised and studied in context.

Timeframe and communication:
Smart Textile Services will start in 2011 and finish in 2015. Throughout the project, we will publish articles in journals and conference proceedings in the fields of industrial design, computer-human interaction, empirical aesthetics ad health and care research. Progress will be published via this website and explored in workshops.

Who is involved?
Scientific partners: Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University of Technology, the Design Academy Eindhoven and Saxion University of Applied Sciences;
Industry and Societal partners: Audax Textiel Museum, V2_, Waag Society, Modint, Contact Groep Textiel, Unit040 Ontwerp, Metatronics en De Wever

Project leaders
Prof. dr. ir. Caroline Hummels, Eindhoven University of Technology
Dr. Oscar Tomico, Eindhoven University of Technology

Dr. ir. Stephan Wensveen, Eindhoven University of Technology (until 2011)
Prof. dr. Kees Overbeeke, Eindhoven University of Technology (until 2011)



Alexander Groenewege Alexander Groenewege...
Bas Raijmakers Design Academy Eindhoven...
Bas van Abel Waag Society
Ben Janssen De Wever
Danielle Arets Design Academy Eindhoven
Eliza Bottenberg Saxion University of...
Esther Klaaijsen De Wever
Frank Kresin Waag Society
Frank Teurlings Audax Textiel Museum
Frank Boon Metatronics
Ger Brinks Saxion University of...
Guido Gageldonk, van Unit040 Ontwerp BV
Hebe Verstappen TextielMuseum
Isjah Koppejan Waag Society
Jesse Asjes TextielMuseum
Kristi Kuusk Eindhoven University of...
Léon Meertens Johan van den Acker...
Liesbeth Bonekamp Project Management...
Loet Kimmenade, van Contactgroep Textiel
Maaike Kleinsmann Delft University of...
Malou Verheijen De Wever
Marina Toeters Saxion Smart Functional...
Martijn ten Bhömer Eindhoven University of...
Michelle Baggerman Design Academy Eindhoven
Mike de Lange Edelgroup
Oscar Tomico Eindhoven University of...
Piem Wirtz V2_Lab
Sabine Wildevuur Waag Society
Simone de Waart Eindhoven University of...
Stephan Wensveen Eindhoven University of...