09. 01. 2006
Stichtories rethinks the computer and communication
Slowly but surely, we're beginning to think about computers beyond their hard, plastic or metal, boxy origins. We're used to seeing computers big and small; however, when do you see a computer that's soft or fuzzy or malleable?
Wearables are a step in this direction, of course. Here's another. Katherine Wakid out of the California College of the Arts, has created a Stichstories, a "digital quilt" which won an honorable mention at this year's I.D. Student Design Review competition. This cotton blanket has a built-in computer, and was designed to increase the communication between teenagers and their elders. I appreciate the thinking behind this project, playing with our relationships to people, material, computers and ethnography. Even if most tech savvy teens would most likely use an audio recorder in their cell phone, it's great to see people pushing our conventions.