A Strategy for Material-Specific e-Textile Interaction Design

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The interaction design of electronic textile (or e-Textile) products is often characterised by conventions adopted from electronic devices rather than developing interactions that are specific to e-Textiles. We argue that textile materials feature a vast potential for the design of novel digital interactions. In particular, the shape-reformation capabilities of textiles may inform the design of expressive and aesthetically rewarding applications. In this chapter, we propose ways in which the textileness of e-Textiles can be better harnessed. We outline an e-Textile Interaction Design strategy that is based on defining the material specificity of e-Textiles as its ability to deform in ways that match the expectations we have of textile materials. Item braces an open-ended exploration of interactions related to textiles (e.g., stretching, folding, turning inside out) and their potential for electronic recognisability for deriving material-specific concepts and applications for e-Textiles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart Textiles : Fundamentals, Design, and Interaction
EditorsStefan Schneegass, Oliver Amft
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-50124-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-50123-9, 978-3-319-84323-0
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017
MoE publication typeB2 Book section

Publication series

NameHuman–Computer Interaction Series
ISSN (Print)1571-5035
ISSN (Electronic)2524-4477


  • E-textiles
  • Soft sensor
  • Textile interaction
  • Human Computer Interaction (HCI)


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