Hi-Tech Fabric Changes Color When Exposed to Human Touch Or Music


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Given that technology is being incorporated into every aspect of our life, it is not surprising to hear the emergence of 'smart' clothing that make lifeless fabrics fun and playful. London-based Cute Circuit has been creating interactive fashions like huggable shirts and dresses that transmit live tweets, since 2004. Now Hungarian designer Judit Eszter Karpati has joined the fray with Chromosonic, a high-tech material that changes color when exposed to touch or sound.

In order to create this unusual fabric, Judit began by dying it with thermochromatic ink, which changes color when the temperature increases or decreases. Hence when a human hand is placed over the fabric, its natural heat reacts with the thermochromatic ink, resulting in colorful, albeit temporary fingerprints.

To invoke a similar reaction to music and other audio, the designer, interweaved nichrome wires into the fabric. She then connected the wires to a tiny Arduino microcomputer, which allowed her to feed sound files into the fabric. The energy from the sound caused the wires to heat up, which in turn changed the temperature of the thermochromatic ink resulting in a playful fabric that changed colors, the entire time the audio was on.

Unfortunately, unlike the folks at Cute Circuit, Judit who created this fun fabric as part of her master's project, has no intention of making it available for commercial use. But one can always hope that she will change her mind!

Resources: freep.com, wired.com

Chromosonic from ejtech on Vimeo.

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  • leiker1414
    leiker1414Friday, July 10, 2020 at 7:47 am
    • earthling
      earthlingTuesday, September 3, 2019 at 4:03 pm
      It's been all this time and I didn't know about this until now?!
      • kitkatboi3321
        kitkatboi3321Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 12:27 pm
        OK i guess
        • Kittenkd_OMG123Monday, January 7, 2019 at 8:59 am
          Awesome! I want some of that fabric on my shirt! Heheh! 😺 😀
          • LOren_ismoiMonday, April 2, 2018 at 3:48 pm
            That's coo, but freaky
            • deadpool2004
              deadpool2004Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10:43 am
              I love this idea it is, very childish, but fun which is a perfect combination. If only Judit would let this go commercially, then everybody would wear one!! :)
              • crazycatlady
                crazycatladyThursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:39 am
                so cool! i need a sweater for my grandmas cat made out of this stuff.
                • #newtechMonday, May 29, 2017 at 6:09 am
                  lots of fun
                  • ~MaveCi~Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:13 am
                    Sup bros
                    • gmonery 11 kingMonday, January 30, 2017 at 5:43 am
                      i dont to get to watch