This project has taken a great deal of research; here are the main interests I came across during this process.
There has been quite a lot of news about singer-songwriter Imogen Heap and her musical gloves, first shown off on TEDGlobal 2011 in Edinburgh, 12 July, (TED video yet to be published). I found a few great articles on the show and her gloves:
Chips built into the gloves contained both accelerometers and magnetometers, which created precise data about both the position of her hands and the speed of her movements.
Similar technology is used in health care to help injured people learn to walk again. (12th July 2011).
The gloves were developed by Tom Mitchell, a lecturer in music systems at the University of the West of England, Bristol and allow Heap to mix her music live on stage.
“The gestures lend themselves to the processes that they control,” explains Mitchell. “For example, a grasping gesture is used to sample voice and instruments, panning is achieved by pointing in the direction that the sound should be positioned, and filtering is achieved by closing the hands as if you are smothering the sound.” (11th July 2011).
This is from a site I check at least once a week, this particular interview looks at Christian Dils & Manuel Seckel, Christian studied Microsystems Technology and Manuel studied Medical Engineering, together they developed wearable, washable fashion technology.
From – http://www.freedomofcreation.com – I found a few interesting pieces when searching this site:
The most interesting is this piece about a 3D clothing exhibition.
The white 3D printed glove made me think about tubes and thermal heating, within the 3D printed chains. This reminded me of a piece in Textile Futures by Bradley Quinn, these particular pages look at a group who designed fabric specially for thermal purposes, but rather than to warm up there work was to keep the body cool in extreme temperatures.
To read about this in detail click on the pages to enlarge.
I met Jayne Wallace when I first arrived at Culture Lab, Jayne’s work is very relevant to what I’m currently working on as I am looking into working technology into a form that looks more aesthetic, like jewellery.