After taking a wearables technology class taught by a philosopher and designer Despina Papadopoulos, Renata De Carvalho Gaui decided to look at the possibility of seeing garments seamlessly integrated with the electronic devices we use in our daily lives—as opposed to the obtrusive, highly visible look of most wearables today. How will this evolution precipitate broader changes in hardware interface and interaction?
Most attempts to fabricate smart textiles are undertaken in research labs and tested as prototypes. Electronic textiles are slowly making their way into the commercial realm due to the establishment of wearables as part of integrated systems in consumers’ daily routines. The popularity of such systems implies that there is broad consumer interest, interest in the “quantified self” movement by collecting and analyzing self-driven data.