The student’s inquiry was to map out a dot on the big canvas of the physical world adapting, to the virtual one through multiple ways like sensors and appliances. The objective that steered the project ahead was to explore how the inclusion of electronics into textiles would have an impact on the way we experience technology. It aimed to identify ways in which one can build upon narratives to humanize technology within material constraints. A variety of directions were mapped to adapt the concept of e-textiles for our bodies and our spaces. These explorations helped to generate ideas that facilitated the design direction. Aligning the objective of the project with the possibilities that e-textiles generated, the chosen direction was to design touch-responsive interactions with embodied e-textile interfaces. This direction dubbed the technology as new user interfaces into our homes. These gesture-enabled interfaces helped to regulate the ambient environment consisting of the lighting, sound, and temperature. The final concept was developed by considering the spatial elements in our daily households, touch gestures, textile interfaces, and hands-on exploration and prototyping of soft circuits and touch responsive textile surfaces. A proposition was created to design the concept beyond a touch-responsive textile interface. The way forward is to enable the envisioning of an extrapolated version of responsive spaces that are driven by e-textiles.
Keywords: electronic textiles, fabric touch interfaces, material technology, smart textiles, user experiences