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Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

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Interactive Pillows

  • On November 2, 2005

Stemming from the need for more subtle forms of communication to complement existing IT devices, this project explores interactive pillows as a means of enhancing long-distance communications. Through natural interaction with a pillow in one location, dynamic textile patterns are activated in a pillow located elsewhere. Expanding the vocabulary for remote communications through tangible and aesthetic interaction, the pillows offer a new repertoire of expressive possibilities that consider emotional, social, and aesthetic values.

Remote connectedness
Invisible to the naked eye, electroluminescent wire is woven directly into the textile pattern of each pillow prototype. Connected via an internet-based communication platform, the individual pillows can potentially be located nearly anywhere and wirelessly.

IT + Textiles


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