Rapid Iron-On User Interfaces

Project Details
Project Name :

Rapid Iron-On User Interfaces

Project Category :

01Digital Fabrication Technologies

Skill :

Honorable Mention Award

Client Review :

(CHI 2020)

Description :

Rapid Iron-On User Interfaces

Hands-on Fabrication of Interactive Textile Prototypes

Rapid prototyping of interactive textiles is still challenging, since manual skills, several processing steps, and expert knowledge are involved. We present Rapid Iron-On User Interfaces, a novel fabrication approach for empowering designers and makers to enhance fabrics with interactive functionalities. It builds on heat-activated adhesive materials consisting of smart textiles and printed electronics, which can be flexibly ironed onto the fabric to create custom interface functionality. To support rapid fabrication in a sketching-like fashion, we developed a handheld dispenser tool for directly applying continuous functional tapes of desired length as well as discrete patches. We introduce versatile compositions techniques that allow to create complex circuits, utilize commodity textile accessories and sketch custom-shaped I/O modules. We further contribute a comprehensive library of components for input, output, wiring and computing. Three example applications, results from technical experiments as well as expert interviews demonstrate the functionality, versatility and potential of this approach.

This project is a result of collaboration with Interactive Media Lab, TU-Dresden. More details on the project can be found here


Konstantin Klamka, Raimund Dachselt, Jürgen Steimle
Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Honolulu, HI, USA.