Research

Research is intrinsically linked together with good design. Especially in the context of complex products, systems or services, design moves beyond a user-centered perspective because we must understand the various stakeholders, technologies, societal and cultural forces that play a role. Therefore for me academia and industry are intertwined fields, where we have to work together in order to create value.

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PhD Thesis: Designing Embodied Smart Textile Services

The age of wearables has been a prophecy for decades, with visions such as the disappearing computer bringing technology everywhere around us. Previously rigid and hard technology is being transformed and shaped to the body, for example in wristbands, activity trackers and glasses. This raises the question as to how close-to-the-body products and services can become truly meaningful to people’s lives, and more closely connected to our bodily experiences than the current generation of wearable technology. How can designers work together with the various expertise and perspectives of the various disciplines involved in this process?

The main objective of my doctoral work was to bring forward a new perspective on the design of Smart Textile Services for close-to-the-body applications by taking the multifaceted role of the prototype as the main point of departure. The central research question that drives this exploration is: “How to design Embodied Smart Textile Services?”.

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4Photos is a table centrepiece that displays photos within the context of a shared dining experience.

Interaction Design Research

By creating intangible digital experiences we have an opportunity to limit the abundance of mass-produced and mass-consumed products. However, embodied products can offer tremendous value: clothing which we wear for protection and to express our identity are one example. Social experiences which focus on cooperation, co-creating or playing together are other situations which can benefit from physical products in order to encourage teamwork and participation. During my internship at Microsoft Research I focussed on co-lated interactions within groups to share experiences.

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Publications

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2016

2015

  • Designing ultra-personalized embodied smart textile services for wellbeing in Advances in smart medical textiles: Treatments and health monitoring
    M. ten Bhömer, O. Tomico & S. A. G. Wensveen Book Chapter Tuesday, Dec 1, 2015 Woodhead Publishing Show Full Citation
    ten Bhömer, M. , Tomico, O. & Wensveen, S. A. G. (2015). Designing ultra-personalized embodied smart textile services for wellbeing. In L. Van Langenhove (Ed.) Advances in smart medical textiles: Treatments and health monitoring (pp. 155-175). Cambridge, UK: Woodhead Publishing.
  • Growth plan for an inspirational test-bed of smart textile services in Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems (DIS '15)
    S. A. G. Wensveen, O. Tomico, M. ten Bhömer & K. Kuusk Conference Paper Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 Vancouver, BC, Canada ACM Show Full Citation
    Wensveen, S. A. G., Tomico, O., ten Bhömer, M. & Kuusk, K. (2015). Growth plan for an inspirational test-bed of smart textile services. In Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems (DIS '15), Vancouver, BC, Canada (pp. 141-150). New York, NY, USA: ACM.
  • Assessing smart textile services using bodily knowledge of tangibility in Proceedings of the 4th Participatory Innovation Conference (PIN-C 2015)
    C. E. Brouwer, M. ten Bhömer, O. Tomico & S. A. G. Wensveen Conference Paper Monday, May 18, 2015 The Hague, The Netherlands The Hague University of Applied Sciences Show Full Citation
    Brouwer, C. E., ten Bhömer, M., Tomico, O. & Wensveen, S. A. G. (2015). Assessing smart textile services using bodily knowledge of tangibility. In R. Valkenburg, C. Dekkers & J. Sluijs (Eds.), Proceedings of the 4th Participatory Innovation Conference (PIN-C 2015), The Hague, The Netherlands (pp. 99-106). The Hague, The Netherlands: The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
  • Tactile dialogues: Personalization of vibrotactile behavior to trigger interpersonal communication in Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '15)
    K. J. Schelle, C. Gomez Naranjo, M. ten Bhömer, O. Tomico & S. A. G. Wensveen Conference Paper Monday, May 18, 2015 Stanford, CA, USA ACM Show Full Citation
    Schelle, K. J., Gomez Naranjo, C., ten Bhömer, M., Tomico, O. & Wensveen, S. A. G. (2015). Tactile dialogues: Personalization of vibrotactile behavior to trigger interpersonal communication. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '15), Stanford, CA, USA (pp. 637-642). New York, NY, USA: ACM.

2014

  • The Caregivers’ Voice in Crisp Magazine #4: Well, Well, Well...
    M. ten Bhömer, B. Pastoors, C. Aarts & M. Verheijen Other Article Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 Delft University of Technology Show Full Citation
    ten Bhömer, M., Pastoors, B., Aarts, C. & Verheijen, M. (2014). The Caregivers’ Voice. In J. van Erp, C. de Lille, J. Vervloed & M. den Hollander (Eds.) Crisp Magazine #4: Well, Well, Well..., 4, 36-37.
  • 2013 E-Textile Swatchbook Exchange in Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers: Adjunct Program (ISWC2014)
    A. Hertenberger, B. Scholz, B. Contrechoc, B. Stewart, E. Kurbak, H. Perner-Wilson, I. Posch, I. Cabral, J. Qi, K. Childs, K. Kuusk, L. Calder, M. J. Toeters, M. Kisand, M. ten Bhömer, M. Donneaud, M. Grant, M. K. Coleman, M. Satomi, M. Tharakan, P. Vierne, S. Robertson, S. Taylor & T. R. Nachtigall Conference Paper Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 Seattle, WA, USA ACM Show Full Citation
    Hertenberger, A., Scholz, B., Contrechoc, B., Stewart, B., Kurbak, E., Perner-Wilson, H., Posch, I., Cabral, I., Qi, J., Childs, K., Kuusk, K., Calder, L., Toeters, M. J., Kisand, M., ten Bhömer, M., Donneaud, M., Grant, M., Coleman, M. K., Satomi, M., Tharakan, M., Vierne, P., Robertson, S., Taylor, S. & Nachtigall, T. R. (2014). 2013 E-Textile Swatchbook Exchange. In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers: Adjunct Program (ISWC2014), Seattle, WA, USA (pp. 77-81). New York, NY, USA: ACM.
  • How it’s made: Vigour in Interactions
    M. ten Bhömer & P. van Dongen Other Article Monday, Sep 1, 2014 ACM Show Full Citation
    ten Bhömer, M. & van Dongen, P. (2014). How it’s made: Vigour. In Interactions, 21 (5), 12-13.
  • Day in the Lab: Wearable Senses, Department of Industrial Design, TU Eindhoven in Interactions
    O. Tomico, S. A. G. Wensveen, K. Kuusk, M. ten Bhömer, R. M. C. Ahn, M. J. Toeters & M. F. Versteeg Other Article Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 ACM Show Full Citation
    Tomico, O., Wensveen, S. A. G., Kuusk, K., ten Bhömer, M., Ahn, R. M. C., Toeters, M. J. & Versteeg, M. F. (2014). Day in the Lab: Wearable Senses, Department of Industrial Design, TU Eindhoven. In Interactions, 21 (4), 16-19.

2013

  • Vibe-ing: Designing a smart textile care tool for the treatment of osteoporosis in Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement (DeSForM 2013)
    M. ten Bhömer, E. Jeon & K. Kuusk Conference Paper Sunday, Sep 22, 2013 Wuxi, China Koninklijke Philips N.V Show Full Citation
    ten Bhömer, M., Jeon, E. & Kuusk, K. (2013). Vibe-ing: Designing a smart textile care tool for the treatment of osteoporosis. In L. L. Chen, T. Djajadiningrat, L. Feijs, S. Fraser, J. Hu, S. Kyffin & D. Steffen (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement (DeSForM 2013), Wuxi, China (pp. 192–195). Eindhoven, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
  • From products to services: Reflections on the challenges in designing for services in Proceedings of the 5th International Congress of International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR 2013)
    M. ten Bhömer, C. De Lille, O. Tomico & M. S. Kleinsmann Conference Paper Monday, Aug 26, 2013 Tokyo, Japan Shibaura Institute of Technology Show Full Citation
    ten Bhömer, M., De Lille, C., Tomico, O. & Kleinsmann, M. S. (2013). From products to services: Reflections on the challenges in designing for services. In Proceedings of the 5th International Congress of International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR 2013), Tokyo, Japan (pp. 1–12). Tokyo, Japan: Shibaura Institute of Technology.
  • Abstract robots with an attitude: Applying interpersonal relation models to human-robot interaction in Proceedings of the 22nd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (2013 IEEE RO-MAN)
    L. Hiah, L. Beursgens, R. Haex, L. P. Romero, Y. F. Teh, M. ten Bhömer, R. van Berkel & E. I. Barakova Conference Paper Monday, Aug 26, 2013 Gyeongju, Korea IEEE Show Full Citation
    Hiah, L., Beursgens, L., Haex, R., Romero, L. P., Teh, Y. F., ten Bhömer, M., van Berkel, R. & Barakova, E. I. (2013). Abstract robots with an attitude: Applying interpersonal relation models to human-robot interaction. In Proceedings of the 22nd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (2013 IEEE RO-MAN), Gyeongju, Korea (pp. 37–44). Piscataway, New Jersey, USA: IEEE.
  • Interactive prototypes in the participatory development of product-service systems in Proceedings of the 3rd Participatory Innovation Conference (PIN-C 2013)
    M. ten Bhömer, C. E. Brouwer, O. Tomico & S. A. G. Wensveen Conference Paper Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 Lahti, Finland Lappeenranta University of Technology Show Full Citation
    ten Bhömer, M., Brouwer, C. E., Tomico, O. & Wensveen, S. A. G. (2013). Interactive prototypes in the participatory development of product-service systems. In H. Melkas & J. Buur (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd Participatory Innovation Conference (PIN-C 2013), Lahti, Finland (pp. 36–42). Lahti, Finland: Lappeenranta University of Technology.
  • Imagining the prototype in Proceedings of the 3rd Participatory Innovation Conference (PIN-C 2013)
    C. E. Brouwer & M. ten Bhömer Conference Paper Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 Lahti, Finland Lappeenranta University of Technology Show Full Citation
    Brouwer, C. E. & ten Bhömer, M. (2013). Imagining the prototype. In H. Melkas & J. Buur (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd Participatory Innovation Conference (PIN-C 2013), Lahti, Finland (pp. 43–51). Lahti, Finland: Lappeenranta University of Technology.
  • Vigour: Smart textile services to support rehabilitation in Proceedings of the Nordic Design Research Conference (Nordes 2013)
    M. ten Bhömer, O. Tomico & C. C. M. Hummels Conference Paper Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 Copenhagen, Denmark The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools Architecture, Design and Conservation Show Full Citation
    ten Bhömer, M., Tomico, O. & Hummels, C. C. M. (2013). Vigour: Smart textile services to support rehabilitation. In E. Brandt, P. Ehn, T. Degn Johansson, M. Hellström Reimer, T. Markussen & A. Vallgårda (Eds.), Proceedings of the Nordic Design Research Conference (Nordes 2013), Copenhagen, Denmark (pp. 505-506). Copenhagen, Denmark: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools Architecture, Design and Conservation.
  • Knitting things together in Crisp Magazine #1: Don’t You Design Chairs Anymore
    M. ten Bhömer Other Article Monday, Apr 1, 2013 Delft University of Technology Show Full Citation
    ten Bhömer, M. (2013). Knitting things together. In J. van Erp, C. de Lille & J. Vervloed (Eds.) Crisp Magazine #1: Don’t You Design Chairs Anymore, 1, 41-42.
  • Interaction design for supporting communication between Chinese sojourners in Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
    M. ten Bhömer & E. van den Hoven Journal Article Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 Springer-Verlag Show Full Citation
    ten Bhömer, M. & van den Hoven, E. (2013). Interaction design for supporting communication between Chinese sojourners. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 17 (1), 145-157.
  • Research through design: A way to drive innovative solutions in the field of smart textiles in Advances in Science and Technology
    M. Toeters, M. ten Bhömer, E. Bottenberg, O. Tomico & G. Brinks Journal Article Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 Trans Tech Publications Inc. Show Full Citation
    Toeters, M., ten Bhömer, M., Bottenberg, E., Tomico, O. & Brinks, G. (2013). Research through design: A way to drive innovative solutions in the field of smart textiles. Advances in Science and Technology, 80, 112-117.

2012

  • Designing for societal and commercial adoption of smart textile applications in Adjunct Proceedings of the the 16th International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC2012)
    M. ten Bhömer Conference Paper Monday, Jun 18, 2012 Newcastle, UK Eindhoven University of Technology Library Show Full Citation
    ten Bhömer, M. (2012). Designing for societal and commercial adoption of smart textile applications. In O. Amft, C. Bürgy, L. Dunne, M. van Gils, K. Kunze, M. Kusserow, J. McCann, J. Pärkkä & C. Zeagler (Eds.), Adjunct Proceedings of the the 16th International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC2012), Newcastle, UK (pp. 51–62). Eindhoven, The Netherlands: Eindhoven University of Technology Library.
  • Food for Talk: Phototalk in the Context of Sharing a Meal in Human– Computer Interaction
    K. O'Hara, J. Helmes, A. Sellen, R. Harper, M. ten Bhömer & E. van den Hoven Journal Article Friday, Apr 13, 2012 Taylor & Francis Group Show Full Citation
    O'Hara, K., Helmes, J., Sellen, A., Harper, R., ten Bhömer, M. & van den Hoven, E. (2012). Food for Talk: Phototalk in the Context of Sharing a Meal. Human– Computer Interaction, 27 (1-2), 124-150.
  • Designing smart textile services through value networks, team mental models and shared ownership in Proceedings of the 3rd Service Design and Service Innovation Conference (ServDes.2012)
    M. ten Bhömer, O. Tomico, M. S. Kleinsmann, K. Kuusk & S. A. G. Wensveen Conference Paper Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 Helsinki, Finland Linköping University Electronic Press Show Full Citation
    ten Bhömer, M., Tomico, O., Kleinsmann, M. S., Kuusk, K. & Wensveen, S. A. G. (2012). Designing smart textile services through value networks, team mental models and shared ownership. In P. J. Tossavainen, M. Harjula & S. Holmlid (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd Service Design and Service Innovation Conference (ServDes.2012), Helsinki, Finland (pp. 53–63). Linköping, Sweden: Linköping University Electronic Press.

2011

2010

  • 4Photos: a collaborative photo sharing experience in Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Extending Boundaries (NordiCHI '10)
    M. ten Bhömer, J. Helmes, K. O'Hara & E. van den Hoven Conference Paper Saturday, Oct 16, 2010 Reykjavik, Iceland ACM Show Full Citation
    ten Bhömer, M., Helmes, J., O'Hara, K. & van den Hoven, E. (2010). 4Photos: a collaborative photo sharing experience. In Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Extending Boundaries (NordiCHI '10), Reykjavik, Iceland (pp. 52-61). New York, NY, USA: ACM.

2009

  • Developing Novel Extensions to Support Prototyping for Interactive Social Robots in Proceedings of the 21st Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence (BNAIC 2009)
    M. ten Bhömer, C. Bartneck, J. Hu, R. M. C. Ahn, K. Tuyls, F. L. M. Delbressine & L. M. G. Feijs Conference Paper Thursday, Oct 29, 2009 Eindhoven, The Netherlands Eindhoven University of Technology Show Full Citation
    ten Bhömer, M., Bartneck, C., Hu, J., Ahn, R. M. C., Tuyls, K., Delbressine, F. L. M. & Feijs, L. M. G. (2009). Developing Novel Extensions to Support Prototyping for Interactive Social Robots. In T. Calders, K. Tuyls & M. Pechenizkiy (Eds.), Proceedings of the 21st Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence (BNAIC 2009), Eindhoven, The Netherlands (pp. 11-17). Eindhoven, The Netherlands: Eindhoven University of Technology.
  • Product adaptivity through movement analysis: The case of the intelligent walk-in closet in Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement (DeSForM 2009)
    M. ten Bhömer, K. van der Aalst, E. I. Barakova & P. R. Ross Conference Paper Monday, Oct 26, 2009 Taipei, Taiwan Koninklijke Philips N.V Show Full Citation
    ten Bhömer, M., van der Aalst, K., Barakova, E. I. & Ross, P. R. (2009). Product adaptivity through movement analysis: The case of the intelligent walk-in closet. In L. L. Chen, L. M. G. Feijs, M. Hessler, S. H. M. Kyffin, P. L. Liu, C. J. Overbeeke & B. Young (Eds.), Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement (DeSForM 2009), Taipei, Taiwan (pp. 114–121). Eindhoven, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
  • Dancing with Myself: The Interactive Visual Canon Platform in Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '09)
    C. Bartneck, M. Funk & M. ten Bhömer Conference Paper Saturday, Apr 4, 2009 Boston, MA, USA ACM Show Full Citation
    Bartneck, C., Funk, M. & ten Bhömer, M. (2009). Dancing with Myself: The Interactive Visual Canon Platform. In Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '09), Boston, MA, USA (pp. 3501-3502). New York, NY, USA: ACM.