Memory Rich Clothing: Wearable Technologies and Reactive Fashion

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  • Memory Rich Clothing: Wearable Technologies and Reactive Fashion

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  • I will talk about one of my research projects called Memory Rich Clothing: Garments that Display their History of Use (or Second Skins that Communicate Physical Memory). This project deals with the fact that physical objects become worn over time and carry the evidence of our identity and our history. Digital technologies allow us to shape and edit that evidence to reflect more subtle, or more poetic, aspects of our identity and our history. This work focuses on the research and development of reactive garments that display their history of use. We employ a variety of input and output methodologies to sense and display traces of physical memory on clothing. We will ask, how can an object have “memory”? How can an object be altered through interaction? What kind of interactions are appropriate to give physical memory to a wearable object? What is the difference between PASSIVE and ACTIVE interaction (manipulation versus sensing)? Who do we want to communicate with or to?

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