Conductive wool

by Gijs

Yesterday I was toying around with some conductive wool together with Aduen. I’ve been told that they make airplane carpets out of this stuff to discharge static electricity created by passengers. What I found quite amazing about this stuff is how sensitive it is to touch. Even a very slight brushing strokes registers as a change in the conductivity of the wool. The picture above shows some wool between two layers of tape. A very crude method indeed, but it actually worked remarkably well as a touch and pressure sensor! We hope to use this stuff to create the input side of a mediated social touch device. Stay tuned!