Vibe-ing is a self-care tool in the form of a garment, which invites the body to feel, move, and heal through vibration therapy. The merino wool garment contains knitted pockets, embedded with electronic circuit boards that enable the garment to sense touch and vibrate specific pressure points on the body. By integrating vibration actuators in textile pockets the design enabled programming the exact areas and the way of stimulation on the body depending on the specific person’s need for rehabilitation and healing. Using fully-fashioned manufacturing technique becomes possible to customise the garment to the preferences of an individual body. The aim of this design was to inform a multi-disciplinary audience about the opportunities of integrating textile and vibration for self-healthcare services at home and in everyday activities.

Photo credits
Photography: Hanneke Wetzer & Bas Berends (Studio HUID & HAAR); Hair & Make-up: Jaimy Bontenbal; Model: Jos van der Weele

Project realised by: Eunjeong Jeon, Kristi Kuusk, Martijn ten Bhömer (TU/e), Jesse Asjes (TextielMuseum TextielLab Tilburg) and Metatronics.

Making of Vibe-ing