Sound Embracers. Final Week

What we came out is new instrument which links body movements directly to sound generation. The knitted collar with integrated stretch sensors and speakers is a surprising  interface to create soundscapes.  It can be used in festivals, street performances, theaters and any other places by those who wants to translate body movements into music. By getting it you become a member of sound embracers with whom you can exchange knowledge about garment itself and  share created compositions, participate in performances.

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dicht bij het lichaam | week 3


Final week of the research studio. Shape of the wearable is more less agreed and so is its behavior. A week of production. Public presentation should include the functioning prototype of the garment, as well as the ones from the previous two weeks. This week will also be about strategies and scenarios of bringing the product to the market, which means considering the target group of users, promoting the sustainable product and offer
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Interactive dress

The design proposal represents the develop of our shape with the subtle fabrics. In this sense it would improve the shape creating and organic dress that fits perfectly onto the body. This dress
would embrace the person allowing the creation of an interactive lights experience. The sensors as the lights would react to the exterior light decline creating and attractive movement. This experience  or service  bring us the approach to a new style of choreography.

Assistant choreography&interactive design

Based on the contact stablished between eyes and light, Illuminum proposes a new experience for both, dancers and audience.
It’s a new dance phillosophy based on a garment that reacts to the lack of light. The dancer who wears this piece according to the feelings that emmerge from this interaction.
The Illuminum garment is a unique piece that can be rent, always accompanied by an assistan, the Illuminator. This person is in charge of the piece. He is the one who can addapt the garment and the programming, and he is also someone who can help the coreographer.
Dancing wearing the Illuminum garment you are going to experiment a new way of thrilling the audience by improvising, reacting to light without thinking, just with your feelings.
Working with illuminum in your production (play, opera…) means surprising the audience with an elegant an unespected proposal.

Special thanks
Fillola Laura, contemporany dancer, Barcelona, 2013.
Deckers Eva, programming enginner, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven,  Holland, 2013.


Final Conclusion

We would improve or regulate the relation between the light sensors reaction and the exterior light decline. In this sense should be important to check the exterior lights accurately. In the same way  improve the arduino sketch with the advices of a programming enginner.

Philips In Style Collection 2012-2013/lamps and luminaries, Philips store, Barcelona, Spain
Compagnie Dernière Minute / TNT – Théâtre National de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, France
Wolter Annet, choreographer, Semper Kleine Szene theather, Dresden, Germany



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On this week our duty has been to integrate technology in our object, creating an interaction with the textiles. At the same time we decided that we wanted to improve the original shape, creating an organic bubble that fits perfectly onto the body.
We wanted to continue with the idea of an object that embraces the person allowing the creation of a personal world in which he/she can relax. To intensify this feeling we’ve decided to use light inside of it that reacts to the light at the outside, creating a blur.


Firstly we went to Valldaura, where, by using daily tools, we added effects to the prototype we were working on last week and we decided which ones we wanted to work with in our object.
The second day we started working with the technology that Martin brought and we chose those devices we wanted to work with. We investigated with LEDs and Optic Fiber, trying to create different kinds of blur that could move inside of the shape. We also tried many kinds of fabric, basing our opinion in the atmosphere we were looking for: soft an cosy, and on the blur we where looking for at the inside.
We spent the third day in ESDI and we used it to create the new shape based on our previous ideas. We designed the ball by combining different kinds of textiles achieving a padded effect. We did the base by knitting and we investigated combining optic fibre in different ways to decide which one would work better in our object.
On thursday we integrated the optic fiber into the prototype and prepared it to put all the electronic system at the same time we developed the circuit an the LED programming, helped by Eva.
At the end we programmed the light sensor and placed the circuit inside of the structure.

Final Prototype

It’s a ball made of 8 pieces of combined fabrics sewed between them. One of them is joined with the others by zippers, this is the one that goes to the front. The leaf with the zippers and the one at its right have 3 groups of optic fiber integrated inside, between the 4 fabric layers. They have a plastic tube at the bottom that connects them with the 3 LEDs. The ball is connected to the knitted part at the neck, creating the peace that supports the structure. Two sensors are settled at the shoulders an they detect the light, provoking a wake of light at the front. When you are wearing it you don’t see the LED, you see the end of the different optic fiber wires, you can just see some dots.


We’d like to improve some things next week: instead of having 3 LEDsxleaf and 2 leafs we’d like to have 2 LEDxleaf and 3 leafs working. At the same time we want to improve the shape adapting it better to the body to make it more comfortable.







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