eTextiles and Wearables

Pulling Sound from the Air at the CTIA technological fashion show with Intel Motes. With the Topological Media Lab. Sound design by Matthew Peters Warne.

The narrative of wearable computing is an optimization narrative. This work in eTextiles and wearable instrumentation present an alternative narrative. It serves as a counterpoint to wearable computing research which literally straps a computer to one's body in the effort to become more intelligent, more powerful, or more efficient. This "softwear" focuses on small bits of computation on the body, with an emphasis on bodies, softwear, eTextiles, and expressive gesture. Much of this work was done under the auspices of Sha Xin Wei's Topological Media Lab and ETH Zürich's Wearable Computing Lab.


Fashion in Motion, Atlanta, Georgia, 2004. Yearly technology fashion show sponsored by the Cellular Telephone Industry Association.
UbiComp Demos, Seattle, Washington, 2003. A curated group exhibition at the Conference on Ubiquitous Computing. Organized by Eric Paulos & Allison Woodruff.


Demonstrations of Expressive Softwear and Ambient Media. In Adjunct Proceedings of UbiComp 2003. Group authorship: Sha, X.W., Serita, Y., Fantauzza, J., Dow, S., Iachello, G., Fiano, V., Berzowska, J., Caravia, Y., Nain, D., Reitberger, W., and Fistre, J.


model with mote

Model hears her movements creating sound for the first time.

field girls

Field girls emerging from light through sound

silkscreened light pixels

Silkscreened layered pixel component including silver ink electrodes, a dielectric layer, a phosphorus layer, and indium tin oxide sputtered polyester film

different pixels activated

...with different 'pixels' activated depending upon the proximity of the wearer to a person or object.

silkscreened components

I hand-silkscreened the electronics.

silkscreened components

Another layered design: LEDs and conductive thread sewn into bus and ground layers of cloth.

glove used for input

Glove used for pressure-sensitive gestural input.

glove used for input

Wearable sensor button from ETH Zürich WearLab. While at the WearLab, I worked with other graduate students to develop gesture-based applications and pitch them to Venture Capital.