Project Idea

How many types of output could I have from a single garment? That was my first question after having accomplished The Conceptual Sensor’s assignment, last semester. For this course, I had sound as output, which was generated by the 555timer. Intuitively, I found as answer for my own question “Images”. The VJs world is something that I’ve been following since before the Masters program. This universe has its proper codes and language as well as the methodology to produce and display an image.

So far, I see in this specific field, images being provided by computers and displayed with projector. With that in mind, my intention became to find “analog” ways to display my outputs according to people’s interaction. After some brain stormy I could visualize and get excited with three possibilities: the first is to hack a VHS machine; the second to hack an oscilloscope and the third is to use the same process as Antoni Gaudí used in the “Casa Batlló” where the image is a result of the movement of the water and light. After those ideas poping up in my mind, I went to talk with Darsha. She explained how to work with the oscilloscope and we made some tests with the one in the Universities’ Bio-Lab.

With the intention to make my imagination became true I want to find a way to hack the oscilloscope machine to display the images in a wall. In the future I see some oscilloscopes interconnected capturing the variety of inputs from the conductive garments and somehow overlapping the signals in a single big screen/wall.

My project in the Conceptual Sensor Lab

The video of this project


After the meeting with Kati

I told to Kati about my intention to open an oscilloscope or even to follow this instructions here in order to DIY an oscilloscope out of a TV :

Concerning about my safety Kati recommended to do not open a TV because of the high voltage that it keeps inside, even when it is unplugged. We had a conversation about simple solutions and the Ideas was to put a camera in from of the oscilloscopes and project it in a wall. So, she advise me to produce Sensors and work on it. Here you find the result of a sensor make out of knitting technique with resistive yarn :


How it is going

In order to find out a way to visualise images out of textiles I've tested different kinds of e-textiles and techniques to produce my own e-textile.



Than I made a score table judging the reliability, the aesthetic and the sensitivity are my tests.


The technique that most fits what I intend to do in the future it is the knitting technique because out of this technique I am able to do the stretch sensor.

Now I am trying to find a way to make visualisation out of the stretch sensor.