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Title: Touch and Feel Soft Hardware
Authors: Fernaesus, Ylva
Vallgårda, Anna
John Tharakan, Mili
Lundström, Anders
Department: University of Borås. Swedish School of Textiles
Other
Issue Date: Feb-2012
Citation: Tangible, Embodied and Embedded Interactions - TEI'12
Media type: text
Publication type: conference paper, peer reviewed
Keywords: Smart Textiles
Soft hardware
Soft electronics
Textiles
Interaction design
Subject Category: Subject categories::Humanities
Research Group: Smart Textiles Design Lab
Area of Research: Smart Textiles
Strategic Research Area: Textiles and fashion
Abstract: With soft hardware we refer to electronic components, coatings, and shells built from materials that make them elastic, flexible, floppy and malleable. By introducing new material properties into electronic and computational contexts we expect to open new paths for designing interactive things. Building electronics with textile and other soft materials may easily degrade elements such as speed, power, and storage capacities; however, these constraints can be acceptable if not down right desirable in these new contexts. We see how sensors, actuators, computers and even battery cells made of soft materials enables us to embed them into soft shapes that in turn afford certain forms of interaction. With the term soft hardware, we also highlight the interplay between computational and physical materials in interaction designs.
Description: We would like to thank our collaborators in the Wireless Textile project, especially Linda Worbin and Kristian Karlsson. We would also like to thank Vinnova Vinvext, for the funding the Smart Textile research program through which many of our included projects have been carried out.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2320/11031
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