School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Textile sensors for worn interfaces

Supervisor: Dr Rebecca Stewart

Research group(s): Centre for Digital Music

Electronic textiles (e-textiles) incorporate conductive fibres into a textile that acts as an electrical circuit. It is a growing field, particularly popular with the current interest in wearable tech. Some work has been done around creating fabric sensors that respond to touch and even some initial work on capturing more complex gestures such as seen in Google’s Project Jacquard. This project would push forward the technology that could support more nuanced interaction design. It would ask how could the textile form inform the interaction. In other words, can the textile design and construction of a garment aid in the user interaction of a worn computing system? This project would combine sensor design and the signal processing of sensor data with craft techniques in order to build prototypes and test new sensor systems.