Moving into a discussion session where so look at potential next steps or areas for further work. Tom asks for a non-moaning positive discussion about positive actions that can come out of the thinking so far.
Janis says she represents ‘the happening and the social’ – interesting to get into the socio/political aspects – and the aspects of ‘cloaking’ to enable action in difficult situations.
But what do electronic textiles actually mean? Danger of ‘meaning loss’. How do we define them and what does it mean?
How do these things fit together – as objects and as expressions of materiality. In a world that moves away from ‘things’ as objects.
And can we differentiate between electronic textiles and smart textiles?
The difference between the here and now and the ‘in and out’ (whether the device is embedded inside the body or just outside it) and it can be on completely different scales. Possibly even embedded in people.
The need to think about technology in a different way especially as it becomes more ‘intimate’ and closer to the body.
It’s all about the technology – and people seem resistant to take up electronic textiles – as too intrusive. Yet they use mobile phones always and feel they are being controlled by their phones to a certain extent.
Radical innovation driven by design-led activity (rather than market-based product development).
“What are the things people are dreaming about that could be addressed with the ch ages in the technologies that might bring about the development of electronic textiles.”
Examples of pressure-sensing bandages, examples of military applications to clothing and vehicle monitoring systems.