Interactions of Circuit Design
Wearable Garments: A study on placing sensors on clothing
By combining circuit designs to apparel techniques, this research looked into placement of sensors on clothing. To explore the intersection of fabric and electronics, a combination of materials (textiles & hardware) were designed into the two garments below. The coat design below, has a light- activated pocket designed to light up once open. The garment's functionality can aid the wearer when searching in the dark for keys or other objects within large pockets. Various design scenarios and use cases were part of an ongoing research with other students and designers.
The wearable tech shirt was constructed with fabrics such as, neoprene and chiffon. The silk screened circuit was designed in consideration of placing LEDs with conductive thread. The thread was integrated into the garment hem (bottom rim of shirt). Several prototypes of LEDs with conductive thread were made on various fabrics such as, wool, cotton, polyester blend, and muslin.