Interactive Bag design – Fabrication Bag

Fabrication_Bag.jpgThermo-chromic ink for screen-printing on textiles combined with conductive yarn on the backside to control the color change of the thermo-chromic print is a technique that paints – literally – dynamic pattern changes onto textiles.

Linda Worbin, doctoral candidate in Textiles and Interaction Design at the Swedish School of Textiles has explored over the past few years smart and interactive textiles using  thermo-chromic inks, LEDs as well as electroluminescent wires to create interactive textile displays.

Out of her large portfolio of different objects the Fabrication Bag is for me the most stunning one, maybe because it looks and works as it could become reality anytime soon – provided a manufacturer would pick this idea up.

The concept of the Fabrication Bag is to be meant as an accessory to cell phones that replaces the sound and vibration signals with changes in dynamic textile patterns on the outside and inside of a bag.


The textile of the bag contains multiple layers of thermo-chromic silk-screen print dots that are activated by heat patches underneath. When a incoming call is detected different areas of the heat elements are activated and initiate localized heating of the thermo-chromic print.

We have seen various products and design concepts of an incoming call alert but the Fabrication Bag from Linda Worbin is the most beautiful variant of all.

[via: Fashioning Technology]

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[...] Published by Sierra Monica B., on Dec 24 2008, in the categories: Gadgets This is not the first time that we hear about thermochromic paint, which senses the heat levels revealing its color. The best example of the use of thermochromic paint is in the wallpaper with green plants that start blossom as soon as your room heater turns on, spreading wonderful roses allover your wall like magic. Thermochromic paint enables amazing effect and can be used in various applications such as wearable textiles and everyday accessories. This Fabrication Bag was created by Linda Worbin, a designer who was attracted by interactive textiles, thermochromic paint, low-power consuming LED lights and electroluminescent wires. Embedded in this bag we find thermochromic paint and conductive yarn on the back that brings the bag to live, enabling cool color patterns, just like in the image. If yu keep your cell phone inside the bag, as you receive a call, the vibration signals enable dynamic textile patterns on the bag’s exterior so you’ll know someone tries to reach you. This offers you the possibility to choose if to answer right away o call back later. (Source Talk2myshirt) [...]

[...] Termokrome farger, interaksjon og vibrasjonssensor: Linda Worbin og Hanna Landin, Textilhögskolan i Borås, Fabrication bag. Prikkene på veska er trykt med termokrome farger og det er sydd med en stømledende tråd som blir varm når telefonen ringer eller får sms (telefonen må ligge inni veska). En sensor plukker opp disse signalene i veska, og “slår” på strømmen slik at tråden blir varm. [...]

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