Smart textiles combine age-old processes of knitting and weaving with cutting edge advances in fiber-based "smart" materials to create soft and flexible circuits for applications in healthcare, robotics, and fashion. It is a field that creates opportunities to work across craft and computation to create textiles that look and feel like fabrics while also functioning as sensors and actuators. The field presents research questions that span social and technical concerns, including: how will data become part of our personal style? What new models for interaction become available when we interact with technology through our clothing? What new forms of design emerge when we blend textile pattern design with circuitry and optimization? How can we reimagine existing textile fabrication techniques (e.g., yarn spinning, weaving, knitting) to produce interactive components?
- Laura Devendorf and Chad Di Lauro. 2019. Adapting Double Weaving and Yarn Plying Techniques for Smart Textiles Applications. In Proceedings of the Thirteenth Conference on Tangible and Embodied/Embedded Interaction (TEI ’19), p. 77-85 https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3295625 (Tempe, Arizona, USA — March 17 - 20, 2019).