Touch Sensor

During my atelier with Yuchen Zhang of Wearable Media, we developed a simple textile touch sensor. We explored the use of an ancient textile method called punch needle embroidery. This experiment shows how needle punch tufting with conductive and nonconductive threads can be used to construct sensors. With this technique, designers could integrate e-textile sensors into furniture design, fashion design, carpet design and other interior design applications with capacitive touch, pressure and gesture sensing input. This could integrate our technological and textile worlds.