When electronics is soft and embroidered, washable and woven, it opens up possibilities for integration not only on clothes, but in the numerous textile surfaces that we live, work and play within. This presentation shares the challenges faced by a Smart Home textile company that is striving to manufacturing e-textiles without compromising the qualities of Textiles.
Mili John Tharakan loves all things textile and has been practicing in the field of e-textiles over the last decade. Her interest lies especially in the merging of electronics with textile materials and techniques, creating products that lie at the intersection of textiles and gadgets.
A post graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University, Mili has held research positions with the Mixed Reality Lab at the National University of Singapore and the Smart Textiles Design Lab at the Swedish School of Textiles, researching on various smart and e-textile topics.
In 2014, under the mother company Welspun, Mili set up TILT, a company developing Smart Home Textiles for the retail market with a focus on developing e-textiles solutions for the home. Her particular interest lies in understanding and resolving the challenges of scaling e-textiles for the consumer market