Haute Tech at the Smart Textiles Salon in Gent

pneuma-dressHot, Haute Tech news just arrived in our inbox about the Smart Textiles Salon held in Ghent, Belgium on Sept. 25

The most exiting exhibits on show will be the Avantex award winning Klight, designed and developed by Mareike Michel and made in a cooperation between the STELLA project and the Fraunhofer IZM.

During the Smart Textile Salon its ‘brother and sister’, the Pneuma and Dis.appear light dress will be on stage as well. Pneuma and Dis.appear have been made as part of a project at the Institute of Fashion and Textile Design of the University of the Arts, Berlin and the Fraunhofer IZM, called e-Motion.

UPDATE/clarification: we got additional information as well as corrections regarding the Haute Tech dresses. Firstly, the technology for all three dresses was developed by a group of researchers (Christian Dils, Manuel Seckel and René Vieroth) from Fraunhofer IZM and TU Berlin.

Fashion design student Mareike Michel created the interactive dress Klight. For the e-MOTION project, the students Theresa Lusser (dis.appear coat) and Synne Frydenberg (pneuma) created the concept and the design.

The e-MOTION project has published a very nice project summary. As update bonus, here is the video of e-MOTION:

Besides this fabulous dresses there is a long list of highly interesting exhibits:

  • Illuminative Sonic Top presented by T. LI from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • SHHH…, Amplifying Textiles presented by B. Greinke, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design
  • Wearable CO2 sensor presented by T. Radu, Clarity research centre – Dublin City University
  • Emotion Jacket presented by F. van Abeelen, Philips Research
  • ITcares Demonstrator presented by N. Jungbecker, RWTH Aachen University
  • Pressure activated electroluminescent fabric presented by R. Marchesi, Texe SRL
  • Transitional Stripes presented by S. Robertson, Heriot-Watt University
  • BIOTEX – Bio-sensing textiles for healthcare & The Smart Sweat-Band presented by F. Benito-Lopez & S. Coyle, Clarity research centre – Dublin City University
  • Proetex Firefighter Jacket presented by N. Walker, iXscient
  • Dynamic light transfer – The textile that sees you and blinks back to you presented by E. Heimdal, Technical University of Denmark
  • Conducting textile platform based on novel e-fibers, presented by M. Heuberger, D. Hegemann, K. Cherenack Empa & ETH Zürich
  • FiltertheFilth presented by C. Albert, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design

A hands-on session called ‘Tool Time‘ is also running during the Smart Textiles Salon, operated by Mika Satomi who will show participants how to work with wearable technologies.


A long and highly interesting list but there is still more to come, so we heard. Stay tuned for more updates around the Smart Textiles Salon in Ghent and book your ticket now, it will be interesting to see all those projects close up and chat with their creator.

Registration can be done via the Smart Textile Salon Website.


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