ShapeTex: Implementing shape-changing structures in fabric for wearable actuation

Jiachun Du, Panos Markopoulos, Qi Wang, Marina Toeters, Ting Gong

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Abstract

Research in smart textiles and garments has mostly focused on integrating sensing technology. In order to make garments that are truly interactive it is also essential to develop technologies for actuating smart garments and textiles. This paper introduces ShapeTex, a thermal shape changing fabric that uses laminate thermal expansion to actuate textiles. We present the design process and rationale for ShapeTex; we explain the fabrication process we have developed for making ShapeTex accessible to fashion designers and interaction designers. Based on co-creation sessions with designers we discuss requirements derived from this material. Finally we present a number of concept prototypes created to explore and illustrate the potential applications of ShapeTex.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTEI 2018 - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages166-176
Number of pages11
Volume2018-January
ISBN (Electronic)9781450355681
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2018
Event12th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2018) - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 18 Mar 201821 Mar 2018
Conference number: 12
https://tei.acm.org/2018/

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2018)
Abbreviated titleTEI 2018
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period18/03/1821/03/18
Internet address

Keywords

  • Material design
  • Shape-changing interface
  • Thermal transformation
  • Wearable actuation

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