FabriClick: Interweaving Pushbuttons into Fabrics Using 3D Printing and Digital Embroidery

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Abstract

Mechanical pushbuttons, which provide physical landmarks and clear tactile feedback, are easily accessible and highly reliable in eyes-free use. Potentially, their merits can improve the experiences of on-body or wearable HCI. However, they are not commonly adopted as a user interface of smart textiles because the physical mechanism of conventional pushbutton hardware requires further integration, which should be seamless enough to be comfortably worn. In this pictorial, we present a design exploration of the methodologies for interweaving mechanical pushbuttons into fabrics. The exploration used a frame system, which unifies the workflow of digital embroidery and 3D printing and enables the exploration of the physical design. Through the process, we investigated methods of integration and fabrication through making and presented our findings with proof-of-concept implementations. We also discussed the alternative designs and interaction methods as well as their implications to enlighten future research directions and opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages379-393
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781450369749
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2020
Event2020 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2020 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jul 202010 Jul 2020

Conference

Conference2020 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2020
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityEindhoven
Period6/07/2010/07/20

Keywords

  • 3d printing
  • Embroidery
  • Fabrication
  • Pushbuttons
  • Wearables

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