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These are some of the current topics for final theses projects in our group. Not all ideas for projects are listed here, so please get in contact if you like the general flavour of topics or if you have project ideas that fit within our area of work, and we can discuss!

Most topics can be done in German or English - please contact us for further information!

Fairy Tale Ballet Costume – B.Sc./M.Sc.

This is your chance to work on practical real-life project! In cooperation with the Kinder- & Jugendballett in Altenburg (http://www.tpthueringen.de/mitmachen/kinder-jugendballett.html) we are going to create a few interactive costumes for an underwater topic. The task for thesis students is to realize one interactive costume based on an existing concept. Next to the software and hardware development, the main research focus lies on the power of e-textiles in performance arts. Technologies to be used are e.g. Arduino LilyPad, Processing/Java, Xbee. You will also get creative and you will work together with the team in Altenburg (choreographer, dancer, costume-designer/dresser, technicians, …). Your work will be completed by a qualitative user study (e.g. attending rehearsals or conduct test sessions). The costume to develop will be used on stage in June 2017. Possible start is summer/autumn 2016 or later. German skills are essential.

Contact: michaela.honauer[at]uni-weimar.de

Designing a Wearable Microcontroller – B.Sc.

The major task of this thesis proposal is to develop a tiny programmable system that can be used for wearable or e-textile HCI research projects. The hardware development needs to compromise needs such as digital/analog I/O-connections, low-power-consumption, USB-access, wireless communication, cleanability, low-cost-replication, etc. You will start with analyzing and comparing existing wearable microcontrollers like LilyPad, Gemma, Flora, and TinyLily. Furthermore, part of this thesis will be an elaborated online documentation and preparing how-to-tutorials.

Contact: michaela.honauer[at]uni-weimar.demichaela.honauer[at]uni-weimar.de

Textile Interfaces for Kids & Youth – B.Sc./M.Sc.

The idea of this thesis proposal is to design and develop an application for kids or youth that consist of fabrics. This could be a garment or a toy that engages this user group to interact with an innovative interface, like e.g. an MP3-Player integrated into a hoodie or a soft cube for babies containing light/sound/haptic elements. You are free to come up with an own idea and suggest a specific application. The interface should consist of textile materials. Sensors and actuators are to be carefully embedded into it. Technologies you will use are e.g. Arduino LilyPad or Adafruit Feather. Further useful materials are e.g. conductive fabrics, zippers, snaps, threads and yarns. Your thesis work will be completed by a qualitative user study.

Contact: michaela.honauer[at]uni-weimar.de

Whole-Body Performance Suit – M.Sc.

The major task of this thesis proposal is to create an interactive suit for a dancer that implements an existing concept on a high design and tech level. Next to the software and hardware development, the main research focus lies on the power of e-textiles in performance arts. Technologies to be used are e.g. Arduino LilyPad, Processing/Java, Xbee. You will also get creative in order to co-design the technical details of the suit hand in hand with the design concept, and you have to sew for finally integrating the computational elements into the textiles. Your work will be completed by a qualitative user study.

 

Contact: michaela.honauer[at]uni-weimar.de

A Textile Display – B.Sc.

The major task of this thesis proposal is to implement an own segment display into a piece of clothing and display information received wirelessly (e.g. from mobile phones or Twitter). Next to the software and hardware development, the main focus lies on e-textiles. Technologies to be used are e.g. Arduino LilyPad, Processing/Java, Xbee. You will also get creative in order to develop a pattern for your display and you have to sew for finally integrating the display into the garments.

Contact: michaela.honauer[at]uni-weimar.de