0

July 30, 2014 AT 4:00 am

Sonic Fabric: Weaving sound into textiles #WearableWednesday

N°45 Metalstringcurtain A arnhem biennale Team Peter Stigter 05

Via EE Times.

The future of mainstream wearable technology may be driven by the fashion industry, keynoters at the Wearable Tech Expo said. Researcher Sabine Seymour suggested ways music and audio could become central to the success of smart clothes, but said chip makers need to find and embrace cloth-friendly materials to enable this emerging opportunity.

Seymour told EE Times:

Music is a very strong and appealing trend, just look at starting in the 70s when people were walking around with boom boxes. In New York City on the subway, almost every third person has headphones on, you constantly want to create your own sound. You can use sound in a sporting situation where you want to create your own activity, or shut out the sound of a polluted city. You associate music and sound with a lot of memories, I think sound is a very, very appealing actuation.

As the founder of Moondial, a consulting and research firm, Seymour has focused on the use of music in fabric and garments in the fashion industry and for larger companies such as Siemens, VF Corporation, and General Electric. At the Expo, held July 22-24 in Manhattan, Seymour detailed her vision for the future of wearables and showcased music-based garments.

Aiming to create a perfume of sounds rather than smells, she collaborated with a European fashion studio and Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna to develop sonic fabric. The result was a poncho with a variety of closures, each of which made a different sound and buttons that doubled as speakers.

“This triggers a lot of interesting thought processes for me in what can you do to enhance [the garment] for the wearer. Every single closure is creating a part of a soundtrack. Depending on which closure, you can control your own soundscape,” Seymour said, adding that she initially hoped garments would be connected to smartphones. She continued:

When you zip up your pants, you close your pants and close the circuit. Whenever I close something, I create a circuit and am able to actuate or sense. If we also think about the hook, the button, the loop, everything we use in our garments. It’s important to me that technology is seamless, invisible. You’re only aware of it when you need it.

Moondial and Bless, the Paris/Berlin-based studio responsible for the poncho, and Popkalab took the sonic fabric a step further to create the installation BLESS No45 Soundperfume. The installation made an interactive sonic scape from articles of clothing and accessories; people would walk through a curtain where various pieces of fabric controlled the exhibit’s volume and sound.

Read more.

NewImage


Flora breadboard is Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!


Check out all the Circuit Playground Episodes! Our new kid’s show and subscribe!

Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Learn resistor values with Mho’s Resistance or get the best electronics calculator for engineers “Circuit Playground”Adafruit’s Apps!


Maker Business — Lessons Learned Scaling Airbnb 100X

Wearables — ABS ABC

Electronics — When do I use X10?

Biohacking — VICE Reviews The Internet’s Top Five Nootropics

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



1 Comment

  1. this page came up in a google alert for my project, called “sonic fabric” – a textile woven from recorded audio cassette tape! sabine is a friend and i am happy to see her work featured here. more on sonic fabric at http://www.sonicfabric.com.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.