Irmandy Wicaksono, Joseph A. Paradiso
The FabricKeyboard is a textile-based, multi-modal, stretchable musical interface that could simultaneously detect touch, proximity, electric field, pressure, and stretch. It combines both the discrete controls of a keyboard and various continuous controls from the embedded fabric sensors. This opens up new tactile experiences and novel performances with physical and non-contact gestures, such as pressing, pulling, stretching, grasping, and twisting the keys or the fabric, as well as hovering and waving towards and against the keyboard. We’ve further explored our textile-based interfaces by developing fabric ribbon-controller and trackpad, allowing performers to add more expressive and continuous controls. The fabric keyboard brings out the vision towards seamless, self-aware, and washable media.