Elitac, located in Utrecht, the Netherlands, develops wearables based on integration of stretchable electronics in textiles, for professional end-users. We enable wearable innovation in professional markets by offering solutions to integrate electronics in textiles. Core competences are the smooth, waterproof and stretchable integration of electronics in textiles and the use of vibrations to bring the sense of touch into human – system interactions. This physical interaction can be used to convey different types of information in an intuitive way as a replacement or in addition to audio and visual information.
Our multi-disciplinary team of experts on electronics hardware, firmware, design, human factors, industrial design, textiles, production and business development, create a one-stop-shop for wearable innovation.
Merijn Klarenbeek studied Industrial Engineering and Management and gained experience in different start-ups, bridging the gap between research findings and commercial applications. As Chief Commercial Officer he is responsible for commercialisation of tactile interfaces developed by Elitac. Finding new markets and start launching customer projects.
Carien Caljouw is Elitac's COO, responsible for the daily operation of the company. She obtained her M.Phil. in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Leiden. Carien gained experience in project management in various R&D projects at the Dutch research institute TNO. As a consultant she provided integrated quality and cost management solutions for healthcare providers.
Fred oversees the daily operations of Elitac. He achieved his MSc in Biomedical Engineering focusing on E-Health and ambulatory movement analysis. As an implementation consultant at ChipSoft he advised and supervised hospitals on the implementation of Electronic Patient Record software for the Operation Complex and Intensive Care, including integration of vital sign registration and Healthcare Quality Management Systems.
Wouter Vos is Elitacs’ senior scientist on tactile displays. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Twente in the Netherlands in 2004 and worked for 8 years at the Dutch research institute TNO. He developed and evaluated innovative visual, auditory and tactile human interaction concepts.
Bram Bicknese is Elitacs' Lead developer. Bram studied electrical engineering (B.Eng) and gained experience in hardware development at Thales and Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. As hardware and software developer Bram is responsible for the designing new PCBs, writing firmware and evaluating the new designs.
Arend de Jonge
Arend de Jonge studies for a Masters in Mathematics, specialising in algebraic geometry and cryptography. As intern at NATO/NCIA he has built novel crypto software to test fitness for future use. Arend hopes that this programming knowledge will come to good use when builds on the firmware back-end of Elitac products.
Anneke van Abbema
Anneke van Abbema is Elitac’s Wearable Product Designer. In 2011 she graduated from Delft University of Technology as Integrated Product Designer. Hereafter she worked on multiple innovative sports- and medical products. She’s responsible for the design and production of textile parts, integration of electronics and accessories.