Slowscreen
Interpersonal calm technology

Slowscreen
thermochromic display of information

Slowscreen is a research in progress by Louis Eveillard and Pauline Gourlet.

Slowscreen is a black capacitive fabric screen, reactive to the skin temperature. Embedded in the home — furnitures, walls, pillows or curtains — these sensitive areas become expression spaces between housemates. Temperature becomes a language for interaction, as a witness of each other past presence. The ephemeral imprint evokes Rorschach inkblots, open to interpretations. This calm technology aims to integrate the usual complexity of information in the texture of everyday life.

 

First prototype with copper and resistive threads. Connections between the threads are done with pearl beads.
White ink on black surface is never easy but we used a particular ink that is really dense and opaque.
White ink on black surface is never easy but we used a particular ink that is really dense and opaque.
The connections are made under the fabric : 3 beads, 1 diode and 5cm of resistive thread for each module. Copper threads (in orange) connect everything together. Grey ribbon cables go out to the transistors.
The connections are made under the fabric : 3 beads, 1 diode and 5cm of resistive thread for each module. Copper threads (in orange) connect everything together. Grey ribbon cables go out to the transistors.

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Under the surface, the electronics. You can see the ribbon cables leaving the fabric and separating on the breadboard to the MOSFETs transistors.
Under the surface, the electronics. You can see the ribbon cables leaving the fabric and separating on the breadboard to the MOSFETs transistors.
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Close-up of a module while it heats. Each time one module heats up, the ink reacts a little differently.
Close-up of a module while it heats. Each time one module heats up, the ink reacts a little differently
Here it is.
Here it is.

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