We developed a project called ‘Social Textiles’, wearable computing textiles that embodies who you are & dynamically reflects your shared interests with people nearby. One of our focuses was to introduce a social catalyst – which enable social messaging and peripheral social awareness on non-emissive digitally linked shirts.
The way we represent ourselves in social media is intangible. What we choose to wear is public to the world and we are aware of it. In contrast, what we post online about ourselves reaches thousands of people and generates social consequences, but it doesn’t feel that way. Is the current form of social media really making our relationships better? Current technologies are good at connecting people at a distance, but less so at connecting them within the same environment.