Embedded electronics are becoming an increasingly important factor in our living environment. Consumers experience the convenience and see the benefit that the “Internet of Things” (IoT) can bring.
Sensors must be integrated, flexible and robust; loose power- and data-cables and bulky connectors are undesirable.
Textiles have great potential as an IoT platform, but this has never been realized. The main obstacle lies in the way in which textiles are made, processed and functionalized.
New developments in small-scale textile production, increasing knowledge about conductive materials and how to integrate them into textiles, experimental research into 3D-printed connectors and the development of flexible sensors and actuators mean that we see good opportunities for the digitization of textiles. We are therefore going to research the structure of the textile grid, the way in which conductive materials can be processed on and in the textile grid and methods for producing digital textiles.
Because of the many production steps and the great distance between the spinning mill and the manufacturer, system integration is of great importance. Real, widely used and cost-effective embedded electronics require integration across the entire chain. This means that all chain parties must work together to achieve results. With this consortium we have therefore put together a group of companies from every phase of production.
The project runs from October 2019 to October 2023.
For more information, please contact Jorrit de Jong.
Partners and grand providers
- Fontys hogeschool
- Schmits Chemical Solutions
- Low & Bonar
- Ten Cate Outdoor Fabrics