WEARABLE PLAYINTERACTIVE TOYS FOR CHILDREN WITH INTERACTIONS TO REPLACE SMARTPHONES
“Wearable Play: e-textile toys for digital natives”, aims to develop interactive toy prototypes that can be worn or played with. The prototypes will be made of e-textile materials (conductive threads or fabrics) and combine the comfort of textiles with the dynamic properties of contemporary technology into traditional designer fabrics with the aim of impacting in the social interaction and movement of children. The idea is to rethink the value and functionality of clothing with regards to the behaviour of children in the digital world by building additional experiences for them to grow socially. The project will innovate children’s clothing by combining them with playful functionalities.
MIHOO was founded by Michaela Honauer who has a background in creating e-textiles and wearables for whole-body interactions. She holds a master’s in media art and design (M.F.A.), and applied media sciences and psychology (M.A.) and she is currently studying PhD in HCI (topic: interactive costumes). Michaela has basic knowledge in fashion design and physical computing.
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)
Tri-lingual University, founded in 1997, offering Majors in “Design” and “Art” and a master in “Eco Social Design”.
SPELL DISAIN OÜ (Estonia)
SPELL DISAIN OÜ was founded by Dr. Kristi Kuusk, who completed her PhD thesis in 2016 on “Crafting sustainable smart textile services.” Spell has actively worked in developing e-textile prototypes and events and launched its own Spellbound brand.