SMART TEXTILES – the use of embedded technology on tactile textiles as therapy for Geriatric patients
Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco, CA
17 April 2013 - 19 April 2013

This research project focuses on the therapeutic abilities of tactile textiles for the use of the elderly in Singapore. The main aim of the project is to use tactile textiles as a form of therapy for the elderly; especially those with deteriorating senses. Its focus is to stimulate the sense of touch. Also with the use of embedded technology and using textiles as a base material, a series of textile based cushions with tactile surfaces responding to the patient’s sense of touch and sight has been developed.

The use of embedded technology incorporated into these textiles allows patients to enhance their sensory experience. The main objective will be to incorporate and weave both tactile qualities with the SMART technology seamlessly. With the outcomes of the experimentations, a series of visually stimulating and interactive set of cushions are designed for the elderly. When the tactile surfaces of the cushions are being stroked, cushions with LED lights embedded will be lighted up. Cushions are also being embedded with a heat sensing material, which could provide warm to the user, to be used in an air-conditioned room or in cold countries. The elderly in the Eldercare centre in Singapore has tested these cushions.

Some of these cushions are being exhibited at the SMART FABRICS 2013 in San Francisco.

Presented by Karen Hong, Assistant Professor, School of Art Design and Media at the Nanyang Technological University.

Supported by Nanyang Technological University - School of Art, Design and Media.

School of Art, Design and Media