In FLASHED, we will discover a new technology in the field of flexible displays. A major problem of flexible displays is still the lack of interactivity, because none of the market-ready touch solutions are flexible (bendable). Therefore, one major goal of FLASHED is the development of novel, flexible touchscreen solutions, covering aspects like cost-effectiveness (all-printed), sustainability (material recycling and end-of-life disposal) and energy-efficiency (self-sustaining sensor arrays). Moreover, the FLASHED project puts strong emphasis on user-friendly interfaces. The FLASHED device itself consists of a flexible display, a touchscreen layer based on a pressure sensing touch array (utilizing ferroelectric polymers) and a haptic/acoustic feedback layer based on a relaxor ferrolectric material.
Interaction with smart textiles has huge potential for making interacting with new technology more seamless, as textiles are comfortable and also quite familiar. In this work, we explore the design space for communicating surface gestures to users of textile interfaces by experimenting with the interfaces’ physical design and affordances. We reflect on a number of samples that were created based on the aspects of design, fabrication, and sensing.