We explored how fabric, a commonplace medium, can be used as a 3D input device to design surfaces, more specifically costume and garment design.

The below video highlights an early version of the system,and shows a sketch of how interacting with fabric could look like, and how we can use it for design.

Publications:

Leal, A., Schaefer, L., Bowman, D., Quek, F., and Stiles, C. “3D Sketching Using Interactive Fabric for Tangible and Bimanual Input.” In the proceedings of Graphics Interface 2011. May 2011. (31% acceptance rate)

Leal, A., Bowman, D., and Quek, F. “Innovative 3D Surface Design Using Fabric: 3D Tangible, Two-Handed Direct Input.” CHI 2010, at CHIMe Workshop & Grace Hopper’s Celebration of Women in Computing 2010.