I taught a “textiles & technology” class last night. We had so much fun and we will definitely do it again! Soft circuits, moldable plastic, thermochromic paint and a bunch more. I told the class that rather than type all of these in a handout that they would have to try to type in to find them, I would just make their handout into a blog post. These are a collection of recent articles and posts about textiles intersecting with technology. Interesting reading and full of inspiration.
Core Rope Memory. It’s like beaded ropes of wire that are actually computer programs. Completely cool. This article also talks about an awesome woman programmer who worked on the Apollo mission computers. So there’s lots to love. Watch the video at about the 22 minute mark. This article, also about core rope memory, has some amazing photos of the woven wires up close. SO COOL.
Embroidery patterns translated to music. I have a little music box at my house somewhere that you can use with punched paper like this. I wish I could remember where I put it.
Not specifically textiles, but fascinating. The museum in Prado is 3-d printing paintings so that people with visual impairments can “see” them.
A t-shirt that reacts to people nearby and tells you what you have in common.
A 3-d knitting machine that adapts a pattern to fit your size and shape. I think any good knitter can do this, but it’s still an interesting article.
A scholarly article, but some neat ideas about all different kinds of soft/wearable circuits.
An interactive fur mirror. Or one made of stuffed penguins.
Weaving with conductive thread and LEDs.
An iPad game based on a William Morris textile.
How textiles have revolutionized technology.
Google’s new Project Jacquard initiative.
The future of fabric. Fashion design meets some new textile technologies.
Laundry that can clean itself?
A whole blog dedicated to fashion and technology.
Bring your multimeter to the fabric store?
A 3-d printed dress added to the collection at MOMA.
Electroluminescent wire. Cool.
She’s a knitter. She just does it with glass.
Patterned knits via a voice interpreting knitting machine.
Becka, I really appreciate your explorative nature!! You have brought so many things to our attention that are stimulating and important! Please continue to keep us informed of your wonderful discoveries!!
Thank you! What a nice compliment. I will definitely keep posting.