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July 17, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Intelligent textiles transmit data in the Smart Home
The basic principle of intelligent living environments is to install technical systems wherever they are needed in the home. However, the necessary power and communication connections are not always available. In the ConText research and development project, scientists are developing a user-friendly and intuitive technology for smart textile surfaces that makes walls and floors in living areas usable for cable-based power supply and communication.

In addition, the researchers in the project are developing software that uses artificial intelligence to recognize basic patterns of gesture interactions on textile surfaces and thus enables intuitive control and configuration of smart home devices. Residents will also be able to define their own control gestures and interaction sequences.

The DFKI research area Interactive Textiles, headed by Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost, contributes its expertise in the design of product service systems in the field of electronic textiles using participative methods to the project. In ConText, the scientists develop a haptic interaction surface for which they identify suitable intuitive gesture interactions in user workshops and explore possibilities for their integration into smart home devices. Based on the needs of the users, they also develop modular plug-and-play solutions for IoT components that allow the systems to be connected to the textile surfaces without special expertise.

© Photo: DFKI, Annemarie Popp

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