The series will include a number of washable controller devices based on familiar
elements in textile industry such as: zippers, pins, buttons and elastic
strings. These input devices all share the same color-coded interface so you
can easily stitch and connect them to any port matching the color code. Besides
the controllers a range of patches will be developed as versatile processors
for input and output (light, sound, motion control, remote computing,
…), bringing a range of complex features within reach of those who want to
stick to stitching.
We do realise that this “Sew and Run” approach also introduces some constraints to the flexibility of the system as a whole. Nevertheless, we feel that our high-end source patches will bring a range of complex features within reach of those who want to stick to stitching. By designing our source patches to be versatile units, outputting a certain abstract medium (light, sound, motion control, remote computing), we try to leave the specific functionality of the final system as open as possible. Again the selection of certain system functionality is done by needle and thread.
The patches work with magnets to easy snap-on electronic components. Each patch consists of a base plate, which can be sewn onto a textile surface. The base is washable and provides sewable connection areas. All functionality is pre-programmed and can be selected by stitching a pre-set configuration patch.
The first proof-of-concepts have been created and will be further developed during the SummerSession residencies at V2_Lab. In due course, the series will become available as Open_Tools.
We now have:
- Audio Patch: Tone
generator, Sample playback (30 min), Telephone dialer, Text-to-speech with
pitch, tone and speed control
- Configuration Patch:
Select audio patch functionality
- Washable controllers: Zipper Selector, Flexible bend- and stretch-sensors
- Micro controller
Photography: Simon de Bakker