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Cuddle up to your console!  These wearable soft-circuit buttons are kicking off a revolution in the way we interface with our machines.
Cuddle up to your console! These wearable soft-circuit buttons are kicking off a revolution in the way we interface with our machines.
59 backers pledged $4,590 to help bring this project to life.

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(woohoo! we met our funding minimum!  The project is still open though, please consider funding anyway - every little bit helps to lower stress levels and raise the standards!)

We are building wearable tools for interacting with technology that are simple, durable, and open-source. This fundraiser is for a sewn circuit kit that allows users to trigger events wirelessly on their computer (or mixer) using USB (or MIDI) and a sewn set of fabric “buttons” that can be mounted anywhere on their garments.

These funds will be used to test various materials and components for best function, refine the prototypes into a field-usable device, produce a kit version, and open-source the information required to build the device.

What exactly does the device do?

The device has four buttons that are integrated into your garments (removable for washing) and use wireless radio technology to communicate with your computer or MIDI device. You can tell them what to do, so whatever function you think is most important is the one you can call on remotely.

What is it for?

The device can be customized to trigger events on a computer using USB or on an audio mixer or other board using MIDI. This has potential use in an incredibly wide range of applications, for example:

-an audio artist triggering events in their music, dropping loops and beats without being trapped next to a device or computer

-a dancer triggering music changes, lighting events or projector cues in a movement piece

-a presenter controlling their powerpoint slides

-a home user advancing songs or videos in a queue

Why change our interface?

On a daily basis, we cram our monkey bodies into a rigid and rectangular computer world. Our technology objects are external, alien, rather than something that dovetails with the organic aspects of our bodies. Wearing the device creates an intimate relationship that literally changes the way the interface is processed in the brain. Devices mounted on the body can be operated instinctively, using the cerebellum's 'muscle memory'. This frees up the frontal lobe's higher-level thinking for whatever is being worked on rather than the tool used to work on it.

Why garments?

Garments are a ubiquitous, populist technology that is has been through countless engineering cycles to best fit, conform, and enhance our ranges of motion. Our bodies are self-ergonomic; by wrapping our native surfaces with interface, we are able to automatically reach a comfortable starting place for our interactions with the machine. An interface device that travels with the user can be customized for maximum ergonomic fit, and can accommodate more body positions (Standing! Walking! Upside down!). Multiple users could easily interact with the same screen. Recent advances in conductive fabrics and inks have become available for purchase in small quantities, allowing for affordable experimentation and small-scale production.

What happens if it gets funded?

This funding will cover experimentation with a range of materials and designs for the components of the project, the time needed to prototype and test them all, the time needed to digitize and open source the finalized plans, getting together code for various use scenarios, as well as planning and putting together a run of the kits.

More information can be found about Pants Interface at http://mediumreality.com/pantsinterface.html.

This project is supported by invaluable facilities, community, and technology at TechShop, Noisebridge, Monstrous Games, and Medium Reality.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    A digital document pack of all the schematics and vectors needed to build the project, the satisfaction of funding the open-sourcing of this information, and an invitation to a killer launch party in San Francisco.

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    A love letter that includes scraps of conductive fabrics and strange materials shoved into the envelope, as well as everything else listed above.

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    A love letter including limited edition artist's monoprint versions of the schematics, first dibs on the kit when it is released, and an invitation to a killer launch party in San Francisco.

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    A love letter that includes actual prototype components, chips, scraps of conductive fabrics and strange materials shoved into the envelope, first dibs on the kit when it is released, as well as an invitation to our launch party.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    A love letter including the first edition Pants Interface kit, first dibs on the kit when it is released, and of course an invitation to our launch party.

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    Pledge $650 or more About $650

    The first Pants Interface device, installed into Medium Reality men's pants (M or L) made with reclaimed materials, first dibs on the kit when it is released, along with an invite to the launch party.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Sponsor a performance of Paul Freedman's new song Hackerspace, using the device, at our hackerspace Noisebridge. Then we all go eat tacos. (enough sponsors at this level unlocks a music video!). Also get an artist monoprint of the schematics, a discount on kits, and an invite to the launch party.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    A custom prototype device using this technology. We will work with you to design and make one to suit your needs precisely. Also, hugs.

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Funding period

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