The textile industry is the second largest consumer goods sector in Germany, with a focus on technical textiles. Industrial textile machines are used in the manufacture of various products e.g., clothing, lightweight construction, car interiors, or the field of medical technology. Germany’s textile industry - as a prominent example for western high-wage industries - is on the brink of change, due to both inherently social and technological effects. In this paper, we will firstly give an outlook on both these effects (cf. 2+3). Second, we will shortly describe the interdisciplinary build-up of our research group which influences the way how we address our research issues (cf. 4). Finally, we will outline two prototypical Augmented reality (AR)-based applications (apps) that serve as early demonstrators for further user tests and subsequent developments (cf. 5).