Vibe-ing

Vibe-ing is a collaboration project between TU/e, TextielMuseum TextielLab Tilburg, and Metaronics. As part of Smart Textile Services (CRISP) project Eunjeong Jeon, Kristi Kuusk, Martijn ten Bhömer and Jesse Asjes have developed an improved version from Tender.

Vibe-ing is a self-care tool in the form of a garment, which invites the body to feel, move, and heal through vibration therapy. The merino wool garment contains knitted pockets, embeded with electronic circuit boards that enable the garment to sense touch and vibrate specific pressure points on the body. With this design we aim to inform a multi-disciplinary audience about the opportunities of integrating textile and vibration for self-healthcare services at home or even in everyday activities. To treat osteoporosis effectively this design project was implemented in collaboration with multidisciplinary experts, such as textile designers, design researchers, and an electronics engineer. By integrating vibration actuators in textile pockets the design enables us to program the exact areas and the way of stimulation on the body depending on the specific person’s need for rehabilitation and healing. Using fully-fashioned manufacturing technique becomes possible to customize the garment to the preferences of an individual body.

Some pictures of the making process:

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