Re-FREAM round #1 presentations: Witsense & Jessica Smarsch

Witsense & Jessica Smarsch , hosted by Re-FREAM (INT)

Freitag, 11. September 2020, 10:00 - 11:00
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From Sept 9th – 11th 2020, the 10 awarded artists of the first round of Re-FREAM ( and their co-creation teams give you insights in their 9 months co-creation experiences, showcasing live making-ofs of their prototype processes and sneak peeks in the labs. They show their final outcomes and explain the potential of their projects to contribute to a more responsible future of fashion.

Join this session to hear more about about Re-FREAM projects Lovewear by Witsense team and Constructing Connectivity by Jessica Smarsch.

The co-creation research performed by Jessica Smarsch and Fraunhofer IZM partner Christian Dils for Constructing Connectivity focused on the integration of textile-based sensors (TexPCBs) into clothing for the functional purpose of gathering EMG data for stroke rehabilitation. Sensitive considerations were also made in the design of the garment to enhance the wearer’s experience with the system. Many external partners were also involved in the research, which culminated in a 2-day Stakeholder Workshop, facilitated by Fraunhofer IZM partners Max Marwede and Robin Hoske. Through guided activities, participants identified and discussed important issues related to this medical device development.

Lovewear is a smart underwear that helps people of all abilities to self-explore and enhance their own intimacy and sexuality. Witsense wants to empower the wearer through a tactile experience achieved by soft robotics with inflatable inserts embedded in the underwear, triggered by the interaction with a connected ‘console’ pillow. The wearer can hug, cuddle, caress, press this interface as a surrogate for human contact or just explore its surface as he would explore his own body, facilitating gestures.

Project Credits / Acknowledgements

Project team Lovewear and Constructing Connectivitiy: Fraunhofer IZM