CoCoon

CoCoon is a project that consists of two connected¬†sweaters. Both sweaters have LED strips integrated under the fabric that allow the user to express their mood by selecting the color they would like to “wear”. A light pulse travels up and down the arms of both sweaters, when it exits the arm of one sweater it enters the arm of the other. The further the two sweaters a located from each other the slower the pulse will move and the longer it will take to arrive at the other sweater after having left the sleeve of the first one. This creates the illusion a pulse is travelling between the two users of the CoCoon and gives a sense of connectedness. The color of the pulse is the same on both sweaters and is dynamically adjusted in order to be in most contrast to the mood color the user chose. When to people are just centimeters from each other the sweaters will sync up and start pulsating in the shared color of the pulse.
The sweaters stay in contact with each other using radio and determine the distance between each other by measuring the time an ultrasonic pulse takes to travel from one sweater to the other.

An early prototype...

An early prototype…