As a part of our TextileUX research area, we have started a more detailed investigation into how we could design textile interfaces.
Very little research has been done on how to design interactive elements for non-wearable textile interfaces for the best recognition, perception, and interaction. In this project, we derived initial assumptions for designing such interfaces, from working intensively with our partners from the industry. These have been further explored with six experts from the field during extensive interviews, and the selected subset of statements that emerged from the interviews have then been evaluated in a user study that tested recognition and perception.
As a conclusion of the study, we have defined five design recommendations for textile interfaces and presented prototypes of possible applications designers created to see how these recommendations work in practice.