Prototyping 3D ‘Smart’ Textile Surfaces for Pervasive Computing Environments.

Sara Robertson, Lynsey Calder, Ruth Aylett, Sandy Louchart

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    This paper reports on initial speculative research from a project working towards a dance inspired ‘smart’ costume that can be active and responsive in a pervasive computing environment. The current research aims to explore the ‘performative’ potential of smart materials to create aesthetic colour change qualities for textile surfaces. The research is supported under the ‘Creativity, Design and Innovation’ (CDI) theme at Heriot-Watt University, which is allowing the research team to address gaps in knowledge in the area of smart textiles research through a multidisciplinary approach. The combination of disciplines with design at the centre is pushing new design practice, which sits at the design/technology interface and promotes the use of emerging and enabling technologies, alongside unusual combinations of materials, and computer science. Presented here is current on-going research focused on engineering the surface properties of textiles through utilisation of emerging technologies and craft techniques, to generate different responsive modes. The use of a desktop 3D printer is being explored to apply polymers directly to a textile surface to facilitate the development of active and responsive three-dimensional surfaces. Ultimately, the aim is that these surfaces will be programmable and will respond within a pervasive computing environment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFuturescan 2
    Subtitle of host publicationCollective Voices
    EditorsHelena Britt, Sally Wade, Kerry Walton
    Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
    PublisherAssociation of Fashion and Textile Courses
    ISBN (Print)9781907382642
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventFuturescan 2: Collective Voices - Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Duration: 10 Jan 201311 Jan 2013


    ConferenceFuturescan 2: Collective Voices
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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