Technical collaboration with Jessica Smarsch. This project utilized EKG muscle contraction detection as input for generating graphic data based on body movements. To achieve this we used an Arduino coupled with en EKG filtering hardware, and a data logging system, which was then later transcribed into parametric patterns using Processing. In a later stage, designer Jessica Smarsch used these vector based patterns with a computerized weaving machine to created a wide range of textile. The constructed patterns of the textile emulated the muscle movements of the body, creating a garment that was both externally and internally constructed by direct and physiological input.
The development of technical side of this project took approximately 6 month. Starting with the design of the hardware prototype, next step was to use the device for data collection of muscle movements, then transferring this data via custom designed software into visual outputs ready for weaving. In the later stage of project we decided to move from custom made hardware, toward Myo gesture control in order to ease the user experience during live demonstration. The pattern generation algorithm remained the same.