Breast stroke, pen stroke, canoe stroke, a tender stroke – all describe an action in very different contexts. The beauty of the stroke sensor is that it incorporates the swift uni-directional motion into an electrical circuit. The Stroke Sensor uses conductive thread embedded on a silver-impregnated fabric to pick up a signal. The aesthetic can be used to mimic fur (see the source above) and more. It expands the interactive ability of wearable and textile art. When coupled with different types of fabric, the tactile sensation can range from metallic and stiff (similar to scales) to rich and warm (like fur). Furthermore, by embedding different circuits you create different switches that can be controlled by a microchip to do different things. The Stroke Sensor is a great way for interaction design to simulate the affectionate motion.
WHAT WERE THE OBSTACLES AND THE PROCESS OF MAKING IT?
Some of the obstacles to making the piece included the material and the time required. The conductive thread frayed easily. I switched to a thin thread to minimize the appearance of it but it still did. The time required to make the carpet-like feed was great. A suggestion was to impregnate conductive thread of already made material.
WHAT DOES PLAGIARIZING MAKE YOU FEEL?
Because even original ideas are hybrid of already stated ideas, I did not have an ethical problem with plagiarizing. Furthermore, knowing I was doing it in an educational setting and not having the intention to sell/claim the work as my own, I see it was a useful learning strategy. Since New Media is very broad and learning it has been an exploration of different mediums, following tutorials to interact with these new mediums is practical. A lot of my peers presented intriguing work and I am comforted by the idea that I could go online and find a tutorial to make one of my very own – a maker world makes a maker of us all.