In collaboration with Nike and 'N:ke Time', the Morphing Matter Lab was asked to explore the opportunity of computational shape change for functional garments and sportswear. Using a completely passive pneumatic logic system, our concept prototype responds to a user's physical activity state with shape-changing pants to improve temperature management.
The underlying fluidic computation system is included in upcoming work led by Luca Lu at ACM CHI'23.
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Conceptualization, Design, Fabrication co-lead, Visualization
In collaboration with Luca Lu, Stella Shen, and Lining Yao
Responsive thermal management
The systems developed for the Morphing Air project present the opportunity to connect the inputs of physical behavior to outputs involving the changing shape, texture, and geometry of the wearer's garments and footwear. In this demonstration, physical activity is dynamically mapped to pant venting based on the wearer's foot contact behavior patterns.
With Morphing Air, most physical movement patterns can be linked to shape change behaviors using the combination of fluidic computation systems and custom-designed fluidic actuators. This enables a broad design space for zero-electronics, sustainable, washable, and durable responsive apparel and footwear.