Next Tex Innovators: UX.FTT, By Wire & Rainbow Winters
Following our Next Tex Innovator Competition last month we are excited to present our three winners!
We would like to thank everyone who applied and congratulate UX.FTT, By Wire and Rainbow Winters on earning the top three spots with their innovative electronic textile and advanced manufacturing entries. Without further ado, we introduce the winners together with a teaser of what they’ll exhibit.
Operating at the cutting edge of fashion and technology, By Wire is a platform that instigates collaborations between the two industries. Marina Toeters, the driving force behind By Wire, aims to streamline the fashion system through technology, sharing knowledge and developing innovative prototypes, while simultaneously creating digitally supportive garments for everyday use. As a consultant, Marina has advised for Philips Research and the European Space Agency on product development, and has worked as a teacher and researcher at the Utrecht School of Arts, Saxion University and the Eindhoven University of Technology.
By Wire will show a number of closed loop smart athleisure fashion sensor garments created together with fellow Netherlanders Dr Margreet de Kok from the Holst Centre – an independent R&D centre for wireless sensors and flexible electronics – and Katoen Enzo designer Melissa Bonvie. Through flexible printed and laminated sensors, the locally-produced smart garments continuously measure the wearer’s vitals signs – ideal for use in in-patient monitoring, elderly care or sports training – and are made of recyclable performance fabrics, such as Econyl, so that they can be reused again and again. This project is a recipient of WEAR Sustain funding.*
To see the above pieces in action and more, make sure to register for your free Munich Fabric Start visitor ticket today. Next Tex will run throughout the duration of the trade fair in its own designated space within the Keyhouse innovations hub from January 30th to February 1st 2018 – we look forward to seeing you there!
*Don’t miss WEAR Sustain who will present their interdisciplinary, cross-border EU funding project during the Next Tex Lectures on the 31st January from 15:00-17:00 on the Keyhouse mainstage.