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Winning WEAR Sustains open-call

The consortium partners of WEAR Sustain has selected our team (Diffus Design + Vadim Tenner) as one of the winner of the WEAR Sustain Open Call !
The jury of WEAR Sustains was “impressed with our application and our pitch”, and selected us as one of the top proposals.
Our project will be mentored by Patric Lind and Goran Andersson, both co-founder of Palago AB and located in Lund, Sweden. The goal of the mentoring is to optimize the potentials of this R&D project to find a viable ways towards future commercial opportunities.

About Vadim Tenner:
Vadim is a Research Associate at Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University (ITA). He has expertise in Smart Textiles,  Customized Connectivity Solutions for Electronics-Integration into Textiles, Automation Technologies for mass Customization of Smart Textiles.

About WEAR Sustain:
The goal of WEAR Sustain is to develop best practices for enabling, facilitating and growing the European wearable technology, smart and electronic textiles network, toward collaborations and innovations between artists/designers and technologists who are working on ethical and sustainable solutions and technologies for a better future.
WEAR Sustain aims to pave the way by initiating the evolution of wearables that are more ethical, critical and aesthetic, and ultimately sustainable for future generations.

About the project:
The goal of our project is to develop a new way of battery integration into wearable smart textiles. The idea is to create visually appealing battery patterns right onto textiles where everyone can see them. Designing the battery patterns in an aesthetical way creates completely new possibilities for smart wearable applications.
The idea of this project is to take advantage of the development within printed batteries on foil and transfer the technique to textile. One advantage of this approach is that textiles for wearable and accessories provide a huge surface that can be used for functionalization. This means that a relatively big amount of energy can be stored in printed batteries. By aiming at decoration and wearability we do not need to think about the problems that might occur when minimizing the battery area. By looking at the battery as an asset rather than a necessary evil we can make batteries beautiful and wearable.
This approach will function as an enabler technology for the next generation of Smart Textiles, so that the existing product prototypes e.g. for assisted living can finally enter the market to enhance everyone’s life.
The product is a rechargeable, flexible, drapeable and visually appealing battery!
The results of our reserach will be publicised in about 9 months…time to charge the batteries.
So, please stay tuned!