Thermo-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]