This is a functional demo of the sensors of textile designer Lara Grant’s Ruffletron, a wearable musical interface.
The Ruffletron is a prototype of a wearable musical interface and an experiment in performative interaction. The project was created in collaboration with Cullen Miller.
To strive for simplicity, I asked myself – what is a recognizable shape or aspect of fashion design I can take and make interactive using electronics and DSP? I thought of the simple action of ruffling, well… a ruffle and worked to extend that action into something more interesting and performative.
From the neck I wanted to have an interface fall low enough to grab onto and manipulate. I imagined obtaining a range of values by curling and bending, while having a lock mechanism of some kind that would hold the position along the range of values for sustainment.
Project details at Grant’s site.