Human-centered v.s. technology-driven smart textiles design processes in the context of prematurely born babies

Ilen, E. (Speaker), Camilla Groth (Contributor)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation


The Rhythms in Infant Brains (RIB) project is an interdisciplinary endeavor between Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Dept of Design, and School of Electrical Engineering, Dept. Signal Processing and Acoustics (Aalto/Elec) as well as University of Helsinki (UH) and University of Turku (UTU). The project is funded by the Academy of Finland, Health from Science (TERVA) Academy Program, Suomen Aivosäätiö, and Lastentautien tutkimussäätiö, that is aimed at encouraging researchers to seek bold, new research initiatives that can solve health issues related to major public health diseases.

We in Aalto arts will in this project study infants and their caretakers in order to design functional and aesthetically pleasing, medically equipped textile wearables and clothing that help detecting early symptoms of health issues in babies. We are now in the early faces of background research in the hospital environment and have made the first developments of prototypes in three design segments: Heartrate monitoring, EEG and muscle activity monitoring. We can already now see a gap between the design specification from a human centered perspective and the technology driven perspective. As designers, our task is to find the solution that implements both needs in the best possible way – in our presentation we will discuss the challenges and possible solutions as well as present some early results combining electronics and textile materials.
Period7 Nov 2018
Held atTurku University of Applied Sciences, Finland


  • design research, Human-centered, smart textiles, health care