The TEK-TILES project is focused on developing ideas for embedding and manufacturing technology into apparel and textiles.
This ongoing project has brought together a diverse R&D teams of “Masterminds” to work alongside the BF+DA’s Apparel Production team to invent products that integrate technology into smart garments and functional textiles. The inaugural design sprint in 2017 yielded 20 TEK-TILES that focused on solution-finding using computerized knitting. The team created switches, potentiometers, gesture-sensing surfaces, optical structures, bio-data collectors and sustainable yarns. The TEK-TILES have been displayed in numerous exhibitions and are will soon be included in the Material Connexion Innovation library.
The BF+DA is gearing up for the second round of TEK-TILES this June. We are currently seeking industrial designers, fashion designers, interaction designers, textile engineers, coders, AR/VR programmers and sustainability experts to participate over the ten-week program. For more information apply here by April 30th, 2018.