CWI DIS Group's 'Lit Lace' project featured at Dutch Design Week

'Lit Lace', a collaborative project between the CWI's Distributed & Interactive Systems Group and the British Smart Fabric Designers Company Sara+Sarah is being featured in this year's Dutch Design Week.

Publication date: 15-10-2020

'Lit Lace', a collaborative project between the CWI's Distributed & Interactive Systems Group (DIS) and the British Smart Fabric Designers Company Sara+Sarah is being featured in this year's Dutch Design Week (17-25 October 2020).

The lace, woven from a combination of traditional thread and light-carrying fibres is lit from the edges using an array of tiny LED  lights, allowing the lace to change colour and pattern as required. The  project developed user-interface technologies based on the DIS group's 'Igor' Internet of Things architecture to allow the materials to be used in theatre productions, where the cloth becomes part of the standard  theatre lighting set-up.

The project was partly funded by the EU's WORTH Partnership Project,  and came as a result of an earlier symposium on 'Smart Textiles and Soft  Robotics' organised by DIS with the Royal College of Art, the UK's leading art and design university.

CWI’s Distributed and Interactive Systems research group focuses on facilitating and improving the way people access media and communicate with others and with the environment. They address key problems for  society and science, resulting from the dense connectivity of content,  people, and devices. The group uses recognized scientific methods, following a full-stack, experimental, and human-centered approach.

Screenshot of Lit Lace video

Screenshot of Lit Lace video.

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