Design PhDcandidate at theEdinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh; Member of the RAFT research team
This project has strong relation to the structure of human body and dimensions of movement. The conceptual jacket I developed in the research is mainly applied for muscle stretching activities, such as aerobics and rhythmic gymnastics, and it can also be used for warm-up trainings before strenuous exercise. In the experiment of structure deformation, I used the method of pneumatic deformation to make the clothing inflate and change shape. The potential of the inflatable structures is that they can help increase joint flexibility and expand the range of motion. The controlling system consists of the computer programming and circuit design. The circuit is composed of eight air pumps, PCB circuit boards and batteries. Eight air pumps are divided into four groups to control four groups of PVC pipes in clothes. In this controlling system, the function of the remote control is to control the inflation process of the balloon. Varieties of modes are necessary in the remote control for the wearer to regulate the shape indifferent scenarios. The four buttons ABCD correspond to the four groups of inflatables on the clothes. Thus, wearer scan control the shape change of the garment by remote control and have different styles of garment severy time they wear it.
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Xinyi Huang, received the MA degree in Fashion Design Technology (womenswear) from the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London in 2021. During the postgraduate study, she was a student fellow of the LCF Digital Anthropology Lab. The digital installation project ‘Draping interfaces’ she participated in was exhibited online at the Ars Electronica Festival in 2020. After completing the Masters, Xinyi began her Design PhD program in the University of Edinburgh, and she is currently a member of the RAFT research team at the Edinburgh College of Art. Her research interests include digital textiles, wearable technology and shape-changing interfaces.