FabricKeyboard – Stretchable fabric (sensate media) as a musical instrument

Created by the Responsive Environments team at the MIT Media Lab, the 'FabricKeyboard' explores the concept of stretchable fabric "sensate media" as a musical instrument. The work is a response to the current developments of textile sensors, stretchable nature of knitted fabrics, and vast growth of new digital music instruments.

FabricKeyboard is sensor-rich, multi-modal, novel physical interaction media based on fabric, developed by using both common and smart textile-based materials. Based on our multi-layer design, each key, the bulk fabric, and its extensions could detect touch, proximity, pressure, stretch, position and coupled electric field simultaneously, resulting in an expressive, and stretchable musical controller.

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