*Multi-sensory e-textile interfaces related to human biometric data
*Researching how to extend traditional textile techniques with fiber optics material.
*Combining biometric data with new textile material to explore new digital aesthetics.
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I mainly collaborated with Sauere. We researched diverse embroidery techniques for the integration of optical fibers and electronic components. With fiber optics it is possible to take advantage of its data transmission capabilities as well as its design. It is an important material for the future. The collaboration with Empa made possible the explorations into multi-dimensional fiber optics. It was quite challenging to use unusual material, such as fiber optics and conductive thread, in combination with traditional craft machines with the aim of making specific shapes and electronic circuit structures.
Although most of my previous work has been related to apparatus design, this project is focussed mainly on textiles. Of the big challenges in this project was how to integrate fragile fiber optics into textile materials. For example, during the collaboration with Sauere, in order to facilitate data transmission through electronic components, we needed to design a circuit that integrated conductive thread while finding a way to connect this circuit with optical fibers in textile.
Using these optical fiber integrated circuits, I designed a T-shirt that was able to transmit biofeedback data from the human body. With electrocardiographic textile interfaces mapped into the T-Shirt, it is possible to derive Beats Per Minute information from the heart. I look forward to exploring this project further, in particular, developing sensors with more accurate data for application into the medical and sports-related industries.