Leah Buechley, who designed the sewable version of the Arduino microcontroller, is fascinated with materials, and especially with using them for interactive projects close to her body. She was in Amsterdam for one day, and during that day she presented a circus of some of the cooler sensors and actuators she has been working with lately. Stretch, bend and press sensors, conductive thread, velcro and rubber, and much more.
Notes from the e-Fashion day
Interactive fashion needs technology. If we want our clothes to move, sense and light up, then we will need the materials to do this for us. There are a lot of very interesting materials out there, but their engineers may never have considered them as possible fashion fabrics. Mostly their purpose is more industrial- shielding, antibacterial or other such practical things.