A garment that exhibits a structural knit textile with programmable microchips integrated into the material.
Tender is an interactive illuminated garment that reacts to stroking. It lights up separate pockets on the body according to how they have been in contact with the skin. By stroking the garment it is possible to “move” the lighted part of the wearable. It can be used to gather light around the neck, chest area for reading, hands area for spotlight to find something in darkness or for all kind of other playful effects. It can be programmed to react on different inputs, perform a range of actions and give desirable output. Touch sensitive garment is one of many possible applications of the developed textile.
A first prototype born from a collaborative project
Born from a CRISP Smart Textile Services collaborative project between Kristi Kuusk, Martijn ten Bhömer, Paula Kassenaar and the Textielmuseum Tilburg, Tender represents the value of the new craftsmanship. It is a combination of structural knitting, electronics and conceptual fur-bubble inspired look. It suggests the soft light and personalized interaction to be the luxury of today.
It is a first prototype that will be developed further as part of the ongoing CRISP project.