Hand Puppet as Means for eTextile Synthesis

Emmi Pouta, Jussi Mikkonen

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To situate the skills of the textile designer within theHCI-process, we present a case of a hand puppet with apurpose-woven smart textile pattern. The qualitiesfound in traditional textile design are tacitly synthesizedinto the eTextile-design process. We see this mentalityas having a natural dialogue with HCI-practice. Thehand puppet consists of two layers: an inner sensorglove, designed to detect the movements of the user’sfingers, and a woven outer layer that has a touchsensitive user interface integrated into its wovenstructure. The two interfaces can be operatedsimultaneously by two separate users; an adult and achild. Our interest is to understand better how thetraditional textile design variables can be utilized in theuser interface and -experience design. We aim towardsthe synthesis of woven eTextile design, consisting ofuser interface design, pattern design, sensor structuredesign and textile layout design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date17. Mar 2019
ISBN (Electronic)9781450361965
Publication statusPublished - 17. Mar 2019
Event13th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interactions - Tempe, United States
Duration: 17. Mar 201920. Mar 2019
Conference number: 13


Conference13th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interactions
CountryUnited States


  • ETextiles
  • Hand-held
  • Smart textile design practice
  • Soft material
  • Weaving

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