The first interactive soft toy that uses circuits
Team Size: 3 / Future Material Lab, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design / 2015 Summer / 1 week／Role: Designer, Engineer
In Copenhagen’s Institute of Interaction Design’s (CIID) summer workshop “Future Materials Lab”, we learned to ‘productize’ three high-tech materials: thermochromic pigment, phase-change material and conductive fabric.
My team was assigned conductive fabric, velcro and thread spent the first half of the week exploring their properties.
What we found out
We brainstormed a variety of product applications from connective wearables to a light controller but wanted to showcase the connectivity, softness and natural 'interface' of the materials.
Partly inspired by Little Bits, we came up with a concept for an interactive caterpillar where the modular body parts make up the interface itself. The head is the battery source and the body segments are either input controls like a pressure sensor or sound controller (through twisting) or an output like an led or sound bite.