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Smart Textiles & Sensors

Hear from industry experts working within:

Smart fabrics
Fashion and design industry
Sensor and battery technology, and supply chain
Wearable electronics
Renewable energy
Next generation technology

Key reasons to attend

Hear from key drivers in the market
Discover the latest market developments
Network with industry experts and forge invaluable relationships.
Listen to in-depth presentations on the applications of smart textiles
Understand how to take advantage of the latest breakthroughs in developing a wearable product

If you would like to participate then contact Charmaine Baker : [email protected]

Address & Welcome: Cath Rogan, Director, Smart Garment People
Opening Keynote: Let Me Hear Your Body Talk- Transforming Wearables with Soft Sensor Technology
It’s easy to imagine a near future where physiological and environmental data converge to optimize human interaction with the world. Better information, adaptable comfort, and maximized performance – all thanks to the integration of soft surface sensors into the products we wear every day. It’s closer than you think. In this presentation we’ll cover the ability of conductive fibers and fabrics to liberate product designers to transform every day apparel into wearable devices that can do everything from improve athletic performance to monitor vital health indicators.

Joel Furey, Chief Commercial Officer/Founder, Noble Biomaterials, Inc

Case Study: Graphene Little Black Dress
CuteCircuit have launched the beautiful Graphene Little Black Dress. The world's first dress made with Nobel Prize winning material Graphene.

Francesca Rosella, Chief Creative Director and Co-founder, CuteCircuit

Ryan Genz, CEO and Co-founder, CuteCircuit

The Future of Fabric
The fast-moving smart textiles sector offers a myriad of opportunities to businesses and consumers alike.

    Discussion Points:
  • Who are the leading practitioners in this field?
  • What is the future of fabric?
  • Which fabrics provide value to the wearer?

Cath Rogan, Director, Smart Garment People

Panel Discussion:

Melanie Hoerr, Manager Technical Embroidery Application, ZSK Technical Embroidery Systems

Myra Waiman, Chairman, Infi-Tex

Anne Schwarz-Pfeiffer, Professor, Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences

Case Study: Technical Embroidery - A Versatile Opportunity for Wearables
Embroidery is a textile manufacturing technique that has its roots in historic hand stitched garment design. However, with the invention of computers, this textile manufacturing technique has seen resurgence do to its high levels of material optimization. Embroidery allows the textile engineer to place single fibres, yarns, fibre bundles or even wires with high precision in a variable, predesigned geometry. Because of this high precision, embroidery is highly applicable for technical application such as textile sensors, actuators or electrodes. There are three types of embroidery technologies that are commonly used and defined in literature. These include chain and moss stitch embroidery; standard embroidery; and tailored fibre, wire or tube placement. Each of these methods can be utilized in varying ways to create highly customized Wearables. Melanie will show an overview of the technical embroidery techniques in her talk. She will also present a selection of application possibilities for each technology.

Melanie Hoerr, Manager Technical Embroidery Application, ZSK Technical Embroidery Systems

“Mil-Spec Wearables”
For over ten years, Intelligent Textiles Limited has been developing military wearables, using e-textiles to provide a secure, rugged power and data infrastructure directly within a soldier’s garments.

With the backing of the British, US, Canadian and German governments; hundreds of engineers, experts and users; countless prototypes, trials and experiments; a lot of design, and not a little luck… the world’s first smart textile soldier uniform- and most advanced soldier system- is in production.

This presentation examines how the wearable qualities of e-textiles can answer a range of requirements within the dismounted soldier domain, in a compelling example of “market pull”, as opposed to “technology push”.

Dr Stan Swallow & Asha Peta Thompson, Directors, Intelligent Textiles Limited

12.05pm Lunch
Garments are practical and washable. In time, however do they become an apparel as they are worn/used so often they then stop becoming a wearable?

    Discussion Points:
  • How have apparel companies dealt with the wearable technology revolution?
  • Washing ability
  • Future of apparel’s
  • Home Textiles

Ben Cooper, Senior Manager, Research & Testing, VF Corporation Global Innovation Centre

Panel Discussion:

Sven Bohmer, Sales/Research & Development, Statex

Matthew Drinkwater, Head of Fashion Innovation Agency, London College of Fashion

Mili Tharakan, Director of Technology and E-textiles, TILT

Michael Reidbord, Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology & COO, Kloog

Engineered Conductive Materials
  • Introduction to ECM
  • Products for Printed Electronics
  • Stretch Inks
  • Introduction to Wearables
  • What’s wrong with TPU?
  • The GPS solution

Ray Bungay, Business Manager, Conductive Transfers

Technical Textiles, Embedded Technology & Public Safety
Technical textiles, embedded technology and high performance textiles in public safety is being used frequently in the military, law enforcement, emergency services, medical and sports professions.

    Discussion Points:
  • How can technical textiles and embedded technology improve industries in the future?
  • Which areas can take the most from these new technologies?
  • How is public safety benefiting from these ‘special textiles’?

Camille Baker, Reader, School of Communication Design, University of the Creative Arts, Epsom

Panel Discussion:

Mark Bernstein, CEO, Wearable Technologies Limited

Ben Cooper, Senior Manager, Research & Testing, VF Corporation Global Innovation Centre

David Morgan, Medical Director, Safe Patient Systems Ltd

Michael Reidbord, Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology & COO, Kloog

Case Study: Textile Electrodes – A New Paradigm
Sven Bohmer will present an overview of the ‘new electrodes’, with a focus on the advantages of applications and product suitability.

Hear how due to its wearing comfort, textile electrodes are playing an important role in medical applications, ensuring a great body fit, are re-useable and can also be integrated into different types of base materials.

Sven Bohmer, Sales/Research & Development, Statex

How Wearables Affect Fashion
Hear from our panellists on how they are seeing fashion and ultimately are we heading from geek to sheek?

    Discussion Points:
  • How will embeddable sensors affect fashion?
  • How do we define fashion in the context of wearable technology?
  • How do we design wearables that are fashionable?

Francesca Guerrera, Art Wonder - Tools for Culture

Panel Discussion:

Nadia Kang, CMO, AIQ Smart Clothing

Elena Corchero, CEO & Founder, Lost Values

Sanj Surati, Head of Digital & Innovation, Village

Case Study: Textiles and Wearables
Today the demand for wearable devices is growing especially for the emergency services, military, elite athletes, patients and fashion innovators.

This presentation investigates how modern textile technologies can be used to create wearable textiles of added value. Using automated machinery requires that suitable yarns must be chosen that do not break when under substantial tension. Integrating sensors and active devices directly into the textile structure of clothing will mean the design becomes an aesthetic point of interest rather than an unattractive add-on and allow washability.

Professor Tilak Dias, Advanced Textiles Research Group, School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University

Closing Keynote: Smart Home Textiles - Connected Fabrics of Our Everyday Lives
We are surrounded by textiles in our home, work and play spaces. Home Textiles is so ubiquitous that one rarely stops to acknowledge it as textiles. Today, with electronics that are soft, embroidered, washable and woven, there are a myriad ways for technology to be seamlessly integrated into our homes through Smart Home Textiles. With IoT and Smart Homes leading the way, it is only natural for Smart Home Textiles to be a part of this eco system. This presentation will highlight the opportunities in this space, and through a case study, outline the learnings and challenges in creating smart home textiles for the market place.

Mili Tharakan, Director of Technology and E-textiles, TILT

This conference is a PAID TRACK and can be accessed using the 2 day conference pass or relevant 1 day conference pass


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