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GeniusTex (former: SmartStage)

Goal: With our research project, we aim to create an innovative and open collaboration platform for all actors along the value added chain of smart textiles. We intent to support manufacturers, suppliers as well as service providers. With our platform, it will be possible for end-users to participate in the generation, discussion and enhancement of new product ideas. Service providers should be supported by giving the opportunity to develop networked IoT services for smart textile products. Therefore, two components will be developed during the project: The GeniusTex platform and the GeniusTex SDK.

Further updates and links to other smart textiles research can be found on https://blog.rwth-aachen.de/smarttextiles/

Date: 15 April 2018 - 31 March 2020

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Inga Gehrke
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To create innovative connected products and services, more and more interdisciplinary development efforts across industries covering hardware, software and business model design are required. One example for this is smart textiles, where the complexity of the value chain has so far hindered the successful market launch of new products. In this paper, semantic web ontologies are used to support faster development and market entry by a structured interaction of all players along the value chain. A specific Smart Textiles Ontology is defined, validated and evaluated with the help of the structured incorporation of expert knowledge. The ontology acts as a foundation for an open co-innovation platform called GeniusTex, and has successfully enabled first product development projects.
Linda Grefen
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Nowadays sensor networks are not solely used in industrial settings anymore but are accessible to the public and thus allow for broad and diverse applications. The technical advancement of cyber-physical systems (CPS) paved the way for an easy and fast development of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. In this work, a voting wristband that uses hand gestures and the measurement of the corresponding barometric air pressure for voting has been developed. Audience response systems are often used as a way to improve participation and spark interest in a topic during a presentation. The intuitive wrist movement allows for multiple choice voting results. Textile integration of the wristband guarantees comfort and allows for an adaptable design for different events. Furthermore, an application that makes live updating of voting results and visualization thereof possible was implemented. This illustrates the endless possibilities of wearables and approaches to IoT design with sensors in times of CPS.
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Great workshop on how to operationalize knowledge graphs in complex industry settings, such as the smart textiles domain, at the SEMANTiCS Conference in Karlsruhe, Germany
 
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Despite high expected market potential, smart textiles have not yet been realized beyond the prototype level as methodological support for their development including industrial scale production processes is missing. Such a method needs to address both technical challenges, e.g., textile-electronics integration, miniaturization and durability, as well as organizational challenges, e.g., collaboration between diverse players (textile and electronics manufacturers, designers, and software developers). While previous approaches have been designed along specific applications or textile materials, this research applies the concepts of modularization, semantic web ontologies and co-innovation to make smart textile product and process development more efficient and ready for scalable production.
Inga Gehrke
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At the working meeting in July, at Infineon's Campeon, the GeniusTex project discussed its first demonstrators, a smart orthosis, and a smart wristband - as well as the first version of the GeniusTex platform, that helped to co-innovate and develop the demonstrators.
 
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In April 2019 we shared the Geniustex project among institutes and companies in South Korea and collected valuable feedback in several workshops. Besides introducing the GeniusTex project to our possible Korean partners we discussed requirements for a successful launch of GeniusTex in Korea with institutions like KITECH, KTTA or KIDP as well as with companies like Kwangrim Textile and Lumens.
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GeniusTex Ambassadors at KTDI (Korean Textile Development Institute) at Daegu, South Korea
 
Inga Gehrke
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At the Texprocess/Techtextil in Frankfurt, we show this week how we bring the smart textile innovation to live: at the Smart Textile Microfactory. Plus, first previews of the GeniusTex platform were presented.
 
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Inga Gehrke
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The research field of smart textiles is currently witnessing a rapidly growing number of applications integrating intelligent functions in textile substrates. With an increasing amount of new developed product prototypes, the number of materials used and that of specially designed production technologies are also growing. This book is intended to provide an overview of materials, production technologies, and product concepts to different groups concerned with smart textiles. It will help designers to understand the possibilities of smart textile production, so that they are enabled to design this type of products . It will also help textile and electronics manufacturers to understand which production technologies are suitable to meet certain product requirements. After an introduction to smart textiles and their market relevance, different material types for functional textiles are described along with their properties, application areas, and product examples. Special attention is given to materials for the realization of electrical conductivity in textiles, as these are crucial for the following overview on sensor and production technologies. Next, textile-based sensors are introduced. While numerous textile-based sensors, ranging from sensing fibers to coatings and three-dimensional structures, have been developed, their specific properties and usage are not clear. Bosowski et al. have proposed a structure for a classified catalogue as a knowledge basis to sup¬port the smart textile development pro¬cess. This chapter develops the classification further and implements it in a catalogue to be used by practitioners from research and industry when developing and designing textiles with sensing capabilities. The full catalogue is reported in the appendix. The third part of the book starts by describing the state of the art of research on production technologies for the integration of conductive materials into textile substrates, which include weaving, knitting, embroidering, printing, without mentioning specific products . Different variants of each technology are presented. Additionally, associated technologies to integrate electrical components in textile substrates are outlined. This part closes by reporting the current state of research on automated production systems for electronics integration into textiles. In the last part of the book, product and design concepts for smart textiles are evaluated along the example of touchpads.
Inga Gehrke
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Together with other projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, the GeniusTex project was present at the Hannover fair. In a interview, we shared insights on the challenges of smart textiles development and production and how the GeniusTex platform addresses them.
 
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The GeniusTex consortium presented the concept of a Smart Service platform to the audience of LOPEC on March 21st in Munich. LOPEC is the leading conference for printed electronics covering research, development and processing topics. It hereby provides an environment for scientists, companies and end users to discover new developments within the printed electronics community and discuss further possibilities. The presentation included the introduction of the partners of the GeniusTex consortium, their key roles and a status update concerning the GeniusTex platform and Smart Textile prototypes. After the session, experiences and research opportunities were exchanged with experts in the field and gave some interesting insights.
 
Inga Gehrke
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To move smart textiles from prototypes to mass market products and enable shorter development cycles with better coordination, a modular product and process design of plug&produce manufacturing processes are developed.
Inga Gehrke
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At the iTechStyle Summit 2019, hosted by Citeve at the Porto Cruise Terminal, the GeniusTex project presented its methodological approach for smart textile development using ontologies and co-innovation platforms and shared first snapshots of the GeniusTex platform.
 
Inga Gehrke
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The research field of Smart Textiles is currently in a state of a rapidly growing number of applications for the integration of intelligent functions in textile substrates. With an increasing amount of new developed product prototypes, the number of materials used and specially designed production technologies is also growing. This book is supposed to provide an overview of materials, production technologies and product concepts to different groups of interest. It will help designers to understand the possibilities of Smart Textile production, so that they are enabled to design their products for production. It will also help textile and electronics manufacturers to understand which production technologies are suitable.
Inga Gehrke
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The study "Technologies, Markets and Players" by E-Textiles 2018-2028 predicts a 2 billion dollar growth of the smart textile market. This growth can only be achieved by replacing the existing approaches, mostly manual production, with series production. With the Smart Textiles Micro Factory, the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University, short ITA, will be demonstrating for the first time on the Texprocess stand, stand number C02, in the transition from Halls 4.1 and 5.1 how a smart textile can be manufactured from design to finished product together with various partners by producing a smart cushion.
The product and the manufacturing process are the result of co-innovation. In the future, co-innovation for smart textiles is to be implemented via the GeniusTex platform. As part of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy's major strategic project for the “Smart Service World”, ITA is working with partners from industry and research to develop the online platform for smart textile innovation.
Partners of "Smart Textiles Micro Factory" are ITA (project coordination), Gerber Technology GmbH (cutting), Korea Institute of Industrial Technology KITECH (electronics), VETRON TYPICAL Europe GmbH (sewing), Wear it GmbH (product design and conception), ZSK Stickmaschinen GmbH (embroidery), ASYS Automatisierungssysteme GmbH, the Chair of Technology and Innovation Management, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, Infineon Technologies AG, Lohmann GmbH & Co.KG, MADEIRA Garnfabrik , Otto Bock HealthCare Deutschland GmbH and Statex Produktions- und Vertriebs GmbH.
 
Inga Gehrke
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For the last project meeting of 2018, the GeniusTex consortium has worked with Lohmann tapes to try first concepts of integrating electronics to textiles, using adhesive bonding technology. In order to further develop these concepts in smart textile prototypes and projects, Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG will strengthen the GeniusTex consortium as associated partner. Plus, the beta version of the GeniusTex collaboration platform is growing in functionality.
Looking very much forward to the next project meeting and working sessions in the New Year!
 
Inga Gehrke
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As part of the Smart Service World II, a funding program by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the GeniuTex consortium took part in the Smart Service Summit on November 22-23 in Berlin . During 2 days, the consortium discussed how service platforms like GeniusTex can be better tailored to user needs, how to gain insights from data while conforming with privacy and data security, and how to design business models based on platforms. Plus, GeniusTex is now part of the Smart Service World II exhibition of the Smart Data Forum (https://smartdataforum.de/).
We thank the BMWi for hosting us!
Image credits to Dr. Wolfgang Irber, who visually documented the discussion in the image attached
 
Inga Gehrke
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On September 25th, the GeniusTex consortium presented its approach to creating innovation in Smart Textiles at the Aachener Innovationsplatform (AIP). The AIP is an open networking conference by the RWTH Technology & Innovation Management Institute. Its objective is to discuss upcoming ideas and trends in managing innovation, R&D, and new technologies in established companies. Participants include R&D leaders, corporate innovation managers, technology managers, strategists, consultants and enables, and past and present members of the RWTH TIM Institute. The AIP was a great forum to discuss the open innovation and business model of the GeniusTex platform
 
Inga Gehrke
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From June 19-20, 2018, the Wear It Festival in Berlin showed the potential of wearables with a focus on the development of new products, the development of visionary prototypes and forward-looking concepts. Visitors were able to find the right partner to develop the next portable product and become a visionary and change the companies of tomorrow in terms of portable technologies and design.
Wearables, Fashion Tech, Smart Clothing and Consumer Innovation: More than 500 visitors experienced two days full of inspiration at the fair, learned from successful companies and met the most important driving forces from business, politics and culture.
The GeniusTex (former SmartStage) project group was represented by the Institute for Textile Technology of the RWTH Aachen, the
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology and ottobock. It was a great event to get in touch with players from the smart textiles and wearables world and get first hand input on the GeniusTex project.
 
David Schmelzeisen
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The Project GeniusTex (former: SmartStage) started successfully in Aachen with the Kick-Off Meeting at DCC Aachen with a design thinking workshop. In future we will inform on regular basis about project results.
We are always happy to welcome new members to our consortium that are interested in making smart textiles reality!
 
David Schmelzeisen
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The presentation introduces requirements for new HMI - concepts in the age of autonomous driving. As solution for textile Input devices textile optical Touch sensors are presented. As solution for userfeedback the possibilities of 4d-textiles are introduced to the audience. http://www.bayern-innovativ.de/intereiur2018/programm
David Schmelzeisen
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With our research project, we aim to create an innovative and open collaboration platform for all actors along the value added chain of smart textiles. We intent to support manufacturers, suppliers as well as service providers. With our platform, it will be possible for end-users to participate in the generation, discussion and enhancement of new product ideas. Service providers should be supported by giving the opportunity to develop networked IoT services for smart textile products. Therefore, two components will be developed during the project: The GeniusTex platform and the GeniusTex SDK.
Further updates and links to other smart textiles research can be found on https://blog.rwth-aachen.de/smarttextiles/