PolySense: Augmenting Textiles with Electrical Functionality using In-Situ Polymerization

Cedric Honnet, Hannah Perner Wilson, Marc Teyssier, Bruno Fruchard, Jurgen Steimle, Ana C. Baptista, and Paul Strohmeier. "PolySense: Augmenting Textiles with Electrical Functionality using In-Situ Polymerization". Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020).


We present a method for enabling arbitrary textiles to sense pressure and deformation: In-situ polymerization supports integration of piezoresistive properties at the material level, preserving a textile’s haptic and mechanical characteristics. We demonstrate how to enhance a wide set of fabrics and yarns using only readily available tools. To further support customisation by the designer, we present methods for patterning, as needed to create circuits and sensors, and demonstrate how to combine areas of different conductance in one material. Technical evaluation results demonstrate the performance of sensors created using our method is comparable to off-the-shelf piezoresistive textiles. As application examples,we demonstrate rapid manufacturing of on-body interfaces, tie-dyed motion-capture clothing, and zippers that act as potentiometers.

Credits: this project originated as a collaboration between DataPaulette (France), CENIMAT/I3N (Portugal) and Saarland HCI (Germany) and Kobakant (Germany).

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