Hand Puppet as Means for eTextile Synthesis

Emmi Pouta, Jussi Mikkonen

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To situate the skills of the textile designer within the HCI-process, we present a case of a hand puppet with a purpose-woven smart textile pattern. The qualities found in traditional textile design are tacitly synthesized into the eTextile-design process. We see this mentality as having a natural dialogue with HCI-practice. The hand puppet consists of two layers: an inner sensor glove, designed to detect the movements of the user’s fingers, and a woven outer layer that has a touch sensitive user interface integrated into its woven structure. The two interfaces can be operated simultaneously by two separate users; an adult and a child. Our interest is to understand better how the traditional textile design variables can be utilized in the user interface and -experience design. We aim towards the synthesis of woven eTextile design, consisting of user interface design, pattern design, sensor structure design and textile layout design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTEI 2019 - Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450361965
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction - Tempe Mission Palms, Tempe, United States
Duration: 17 Mar 201920 Mar 2019
Conference number: 13


ConferenceACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction
Abbreviated titleTEI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address


  • eTextiles
  • weaving
  • smart textile design practice
  • hand-held
  • soft material


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