Thursday, May 2, 2013

Kimberly Davis' Interactive Quilt Featured on Instructables.com!

Kimberly Davis, a masters student in ITLS, recently completed an interactive quilt http://www.instructables.com/id/Interactive-Quilt/ for her final project in Craft Technologies (ITLS 5285/6285). The quilt has several interactive elements. A fabric pressure sensor at the bottom twinkles lights on several fabric flowers. A switch on an angel causes her winks to light up. Blowing on a small sound sensor causes butterflies to light up and twinkle in random sequence. And touching stars on the top of the quilt allows one to play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" like keys on a keyboard (except they're shiny stars!). Kimberly wrote up detailed instructions on how to make the quilt.
 
By the next morning Kimberly's project had received nearly 700 views and was featured on the front page of Instructables.com, an online DIY (do-it-yourself) site where members post instructions on how to make everything from robots to food.  

Craft Technologies is a new course offered for the first time this spring by Dr. Deborah Fields where students explored emerging materials and techniques to make programmable, interactive textiles, garments, and video games. Each student posted instructions on how to create their final project (from twirling, twinkling skirts to interactive video games with novel controllers) on Instructables.com.