Talking Textiles – Soft Product Design for Therapeutical Interactions

Master of Design (Interaction Design) Demo Project. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design. Talking Textiles is a project exploring one possibility of the future of fashion. When we have technology built into the very fibres of the fabrics…

Talking Textiles - Soft Product Design for Therapeutical Interactions

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Master of Design (Interaction Design) Demo Project. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design.

Talking Textiles is a project exploring one possibility of the future of fashion. When we have technology built into the very fibres of the fabrics you wear, what can you do with it?

By taking the shape of a Hooded Scarf, the form of these interactive wearable pieces follow their function. The ends of the Scarf are within reach of the wearer’s fingers, and special touch sensitive embroidered patterns are placed onto them to allow the wearer to play musical notes for therapy.

The hooded portion envelopes the wearer’s head protectively and comfortably. Embroidered textile-based speakers will play therapeutical notes directly into the wearer’s ears. When two or more Talking Textiles are linked together wirelessly, multiple wearers can interact with each other through their music.

When two close frequencies are played separately on each of a person’s ears, she will perceive a third frequency which is the difference of the first two, also known as the ‘Binaural Beat’.
Research has found that exposure to certain binaural frequencies can bring about positive symptoms ranging from restiveness, healing, relaxation, alertness, and stress reduction.
By integrating Binaural Beats within the notes played by the wearers, it is hoped this exposure can elicit the described symptoms, improving wellbeing for the participants.

The future of technology is soft and feminine.

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