Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Sing to this fabric and it changes colour

The internet of things is usually discussed in terms of thermostats, light bulbs, and kitchen appliances. Embedding electronics into comforters, clothes, and wall-hangings, however, could yield far more poetic results.

Chromosonic, by Hungarian designer Judit Eszter Karpati, is an experimental electronic textile that can change colour and pattern in response to touch and sound. The magic comes courtesy of temperature-sensitive dye. Audio files, processed through an Arduino, heat up nichrome wires woven into the fabric, making its pattern pulse in time with whatever's playing. In a sense, the textile becomes a material visualisation of the tunes.

By: Kyle Vanhemert,

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