KnitUI: Fabricating Textile Sensor and User Interface with Machine Knitting


With the recent interest in wearable electronics and smart garments, digital fabrication of sensing and interactive textiles is in increasing demand. Recently, advances in digital machine knitting offer opportunities for the programmable, rapid fabrication of soft, breathable textiles. In this paper, we present KnitUI, a novel, accessible machine-knitted user interface based on resistive pressure sensing. Employing conductive yarns and various machine knitting techniques, we computationally design and automatically fabricate the double-layered resistive sensing structures as well as the coupled conductive connection traces with minimal manual post-processing. We present an interactive design interface for users to customize KnitUI's colors, sizes, positions, and shapes. After investigating design parameters for the optimized sensing and interactive performance, we demonstrate KnitUI as a portable, deformable, washable, and customizable interactive and sensing platform. It obtains diverse applications, including wearable user interfaces, tactile sensing wearables, and artificial robot skin.

Honorable Mention
Yiyue Luo
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Kui Wu
MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Tomás Palacios
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Wojciech Matusik
MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States




会議: CHI 2021

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (

セッション: Fabrication

[A] Paper Room 08, 2021-05-12 17:00:00~2021-05-12 19:00:00 / [B] Paper Room 08, 2021-05-13 01:00:00~2021-05-13 03:00:00 / [C] Paper Room 08, 2021-05-13 09:00:00~2021-05-13 11:00:00
Paper Room 08
12 件の発表
2021-05-12 17:00:00
2021-05-12 19:00:00