Why are we developing solutions to embed electronics in textiles if we’re not really interested in having this kind of technology in our lives. Lets get together and think about what we really want to exist in the world. And then prototype it and try it out.
Lets try to find e-textile solutions we want that are useful to ourselves or others, similar to the way we consider other technologies in our life useful such as a watch, glasses, headphones, bluetooth headsets, radios, memory sticks, mp3 players, lawn mowers, mixers, washing machines, hair-dryers, electric toothbrushes, windscreen-wipers, headlamps…
What Do I Want?:
It might be hard to come up with something truly utilitarian and something you really feel missing from your life that E-Textiles would be the perfect medium to solve. But I am sure we can find some things we want. And then we can build them and use them and see what it feels like to go through this process and for a change be a “user” at the receiving end of the production-line.
A Gift – Something For Somebody:
The practice of gift-making and giving could help inspire a concrete idea for making something that this person will value and use.
E-Textiles for Wearability:
We clad our bodies in textiles and so many E-Textile applications are Wearables. But what considerations do we make when putting tech into fabric and onto the body? Many of us spend most of our time thinking this through and applying our skills to solve the problem. Can we capture our knowledge of this in some way so that we can share it and document it as a useful resource for other designers? Maybe come up with new solutions….