This conductive yarn can control machines to make orange juice, turn on lights and more. The technology was created by Yen Chen Chang, a senior at London's Royal College of Art. In an effort to expand the way people use yarn in technology, the artist used conductive yarn and other thread to make tactile interfaces that can control machines and electronics.
From juicers to lamps, each of these objects can be controlled by the knitted sensors when stroked, squeezed or touched. The Squeezy Juicer, for example, uses a knitted exercise ball that acts a squeeze sensor. So the harder you work out, the more orange juice you can make.
The electricity generating textiles could be a cost-effective alternative to standard interfaces, while offering a cozy esthetic at the same time.