India, 1983

Designing Fabric interactions: A study of knitted fabrics as an electronic interface medium

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Aalto School of Art, Design and Architecture
Department of Media
New Media

This thesis explores various methods of integrating soft circuits into knitted fabrics to create electronic interfaces that evoke associations similar to that of regular fabric artefacts. Using traditional fabric construction tools, a collection of single instances of fabric interactions or “soft triggers” were prototyped by experimenting with knitting yarns, conductive threads and simple electronics. These soft triggers are proofs of concepts representing parts or units of possible medium-specific e-textile interfaces that evoke intuitive fabric-oriented actions. Their unconventional appearance and behaviours raise the user’s curiosity.

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