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Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 66, Issue 1, pp 81–94 | Cite as

AmbiKraf

Non-emissive, ubiquitous textile display
  • Roshan Lalintha PeirisEmail author
  • Mili John Tharakan
  • Owen Noel Newton Fernando
  • Adrian David Cheok
Article

Abstract

This paper presents, AmbiKraf, a non-emissive fabric display that subtly animates patterns on common fabrics. We use thermochromic inks and peltier semiconductor elements to achieve this technology. With this technology we have produced numerous prototypes from animated wall paintings to pixilated fabric displays. The ability of this technology to subtly and ubiquitously change the color of the fabric itself has made us able to merge different fields and technologies with AmbiKraf. In addition, with an animated room divider screen, Ambikraf merged its technology with Japanese Byobu art to tighten the gap between traditional arts and contemporary technologies. Through this AmbiKraf Byobu art installation and other installations, we discuss the impact of this technology as a ubiquitous fabric display. With focus to improvements of some limitations of the existing system, we present our future vision that enables us to merge this technology into more applications fields thus making this technology a platform for ubiquitous interactions on our daily peripherals.

Keywords

Thermochromic Peltier Thermoelectric Ambient Textile Ubiquitous Fabric Display Wearable 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roshan Lalintha Peiris
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mili John Tharakan
    • 2
  • Owen Noel Newton Fernando
    • 2
  • Adrian David Cheok
    • 2
  1. 1.Keio-NUS CUTE Center, NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and EngineeringNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Keio-NUS CUTE CenterNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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