Tex(alive): A toolkit to explore temporal expressions in shape-changing textile interfaces

Jose Francisco Martinez Castro, Alice Buso, Jun Wu, Elvin Karana

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Abstract

Shape-changing textile interfaces have the potential to create unique functions, expressions, and interactions in everyday artifacts. However, the technical expertise required to fabricate and interact with these interfaces limits designers from rapidly iterating through diverse textile expressions. This pictorial presents TEX(alive), a low-cost and open-source physical-digital toolkit to facilitate the creation of temporal expressions in textile interfaces. TEX(alive) comprises pneumatic actuators that can be interactively configured across a 3d printed grid structure on the textile. Creative sessions with seven designers show that TEX(alive) supports the exploration of temporality in textile interfaces, opening up a design space for unforeseen future application scenarios and alive-like expressions in material-driven design. Finally, we suggest coupling TEX(alive) with a computational simulation tool to allow designers to predict spatial shape change when the textile interface increases in size or complexity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Subtitle of host publicationDigital Wellbeing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages1162-1176
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-9358-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Digital Wellbeing, DIS 2022 - Virtual, Online, Australia
Duration: 13 Jun 202217 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameDIS 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Digital Wellbeing

Conference

Conference2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Digital Wellbeing, DIS 2022
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityVirtual, Online
Period13/06/2217/06/22

Keywords

  • design tools
  • material-driven design
  • pneumatics
  • shape-changing textile interfaces
  • temporality

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