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A framework for collaborative eTextiles design - An introduction to Co-eTex

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4 Author(s)
Ngai, G. ; Dept. of Comput., Hong Kong Polytech. Univ., Hong Kong ; Stephen Cf Chan ; Lau, W.W.Y. ; Cheung, J.C.Y.

Advances in textile-friendly electronics devices, smart materials, sophisticated interfaces, and intelligent software have combined to make intelligent garments increasingly practical. This paper introduces Co-eTex, a framework designed to support collaborative development of intelligent garments. It is based on a newly-invented construction platform for eTextiles and Wearable Computing, which was designed to be robust, reliable, easy to construct and to program. It also includes a hybrid graphical-textual programming tool designed for novice programmers to program intelligent behaviour for intelligent garments. We describe the use of Co-eTex in rapidly developing prototypes for a variety of designs of intelligent garments. Based on our experiences in using the Co-eTex, we believe it is a possible direction leading to the development of mass customization or adaptive customization of intelligent garments.

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Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design, 2009. CSCWD 2009. 13th International Conference on

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22-24 April 2009