Kimberly Davis, a masters student in ITLS, recently completed an interactive quilt http://www.instructables.
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.
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.