Touch and electronic textiles

Ricardo O' Nascimento
7 min readAug 9, 2017
Google Jacquard Project.

I had once more the pleasure to participate at the e-textile summer camp 2017. The event is an annual gathering of professionals and practitioners in electronic textile initiated by the girls from Kobakant.

This year one of the trends was the use of capacitive sensing in textile, and that is the topic of this article.

Admar Schoonen teaching about capacitive sensing during the e-textile summer camp 2017. Photo: Zoe Romano.

Capacitive sensing is the ability to measure a material that is conductive. With this data, you can figure out things like touch, proximity, acceleration, fluid level, humidity, etc. This type of sensing is useful for various things including wearables.

Interactive textiles have been used and investigated by institutions, designers, and artists since long ago. Through out the text, I will introduce some of them. This article is far from a definitive list, and I am counting on your help to make it more complete and available. More on this later now let’s go to the projects!

Interactive jacket by Google and Levis.

One of the most popular projects is the connected Jaquet by Google and Levis. The project Jacquard

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Ricardo O' Nascimento

Ricardo is a Postdoctoral researcher in human and material experiences at the Materials Science Research Centre.