Research lab Fraunhofer IZM in Berlin has opened a collaborative e-textile lab with Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin for textiles integrated with electronics. The Textile Prototyping Lab (TPL) is open to OEMs and researchers for interfaces between textiles and electronics to the testing of process chains, where parts of the e-textile laboratory or even the entire laboratory can be used.
Designers can make use of a prototyping kit developed at Fraunhofer IZM that includes a series of electronic modules, LEDs and sensors (above). These modules can be embroidered by hand as well as by machine.
The collaboration between the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin and Fraunhofer IZM had already produced developments that combine art and research. For example, a light rail for lamps that is made of a soft and conductive textile belt was created in cooperation with the designer Stefan Diez. For the Hans Riegel Foundation, the Touch Tomorrow educational project developed an interactive jacket was developed that can control the colour of integrated LEDs via arm movements.