Dadagear is a collection of "smart sweaters" developed by Mauro Arrigi, Anika Hirt, and Onur Sönmez. These interactive wearables invite human-to-human interaction to collectively create Dadaistic generative poetry via touching oneself or another performer.
A single user on his own can not generate a complete sentence. Only when two or more garments are played can complete sentences be constructed.
Amount of pressure applied to capactive-sensing surfaces on the garments is translated into the "tone" (whisper, normal speech, and shout) of the spoken.
How it Works
Each sweater is constructed with four capactive-sensors (looks like strips of conductive fabric) wired to an XBee module. The XBee communicates wirelessly to a database of words and sounds that are triggered for playback when the sensing surfaces of the garment are touch.
For a complete explanation of the interactive sweaters, please refer to the video below.
Why is this important?
It's important to see wearable computing projects that explore the concept of connectivity to other objects and the environment. The future of wearables, I feel, is not only in its innate capability as a heightened form of self-expression but, more importantly, in its ability to communicate on both an intimate and social level.