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Toolkits&Wearables - Developing Toolkits for Exploring Wearable Designs

Clara Elisabeth Gleiß; Emil Woop; Esther Zahn
In: MYOW - Make Your Own Wearable. Toolkits & Wearables: Developing Toolkits for Exploring Wearable Designs, located at CHI 2022, April 30, New Orleans, LA, USA, CHI 2022, 5/2022.


The MYOW-system was developed for the integration of electronics into textiles. The system encompasses a hardware toolkit and a web-based software platform providing coding environment, design interfaces and detailed manuals. The hardware toolkit is composed of a set of textile conductive trace elements and custom-made adapter modules that allow the system to interface with commercially available sensor and actuator PCBs frequently used by makers. The conductive trace elements, which replace cables or stitched conductive yarn typical for e-textiles [1, 2] can be applied additively to all textiles in any desired trace layout by means of thermal transfer pressing, similarly suggested in other related work [3]. The whole system functions as an I2C bus. Any electronic component with an I2C interface can theoretically be connected to it. [1] Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson. 2019. Kobakant DIY Wearable Technology Documentation. (2019). [2] Hannah Perner-Wilson, Leah Buechley, and Mika Satomi. 2011. Handcrafting Textile Interfaces from a Kit-of-no-parts. In Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI ’11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 61–68. DOI: [3] Konstantin Klamka, Raimund Dachselt, and Jürgen Steimle. 2020. Demonstrating Rapid Iron-On User Interfaces: Hands-on Fabrication of Interactive Textile Prototypes. In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–4. DOI:


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