This jacket is a concept prototype created during the advanced workshop of KOBA School of WickedFabrics
in August 2018. The idea was to implement textile-based sensors and combine it with haptic feedback while all participants were constrained to design and craft a jacket. After the introductory days on how to design and program customized e-textile sensors, on how to create and implement a flexible circuitry, and on pattern making with integrated e-textile components, I decided for a concept design that should be feasible and ready withing the time frame left. My jacket integrates one bonded bend sensor
underneath each armpit recognizing whenever the wearer moves his/her arm. Depending on the intensity and height of an arm's motion a small vibration motor on the other arm starts vibrating more or less strongly. This garment is meant to support, for instance, performance rehearsals to synchronize left and right body side of a dancer. As a more elaborated concept, it could be useful for rehabilitation training of stroke patients, people with amyosthenia, or other diseases - this surely would need more advanced research and user testing on the respective topic.
Many thanks to Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson for sharing their knowledge during this workshop, their patience with us students, and the nice learning environment!