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56 Conductive Fabric Gesture-Control Sleeve
Guneev Lamba
Mrunmayi Deshmukh
Stephanie Wang
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Project name: Conductive Fabric Gesture-Control Sleeve

Team members: Guneev Lamba (glamba2), Mrunmayi Deshmukh (mdeshmu2), Stephanie Wang (swang166)

Introduction: Our project idea is inspired by a couple things. First is our curiosity in wearable tech. Second is Jacquard, a project by Google and Levi’s (https://atap.google.com/jacquard/).

Our project idea is to integrate the gesture control into a fabric sleeve/wristband. Inspired by Jacquard, this wristband will have a capacitive or resistive touch sensor system designed on fabric using a conductive thread pattern that can detect simple gestures. These would be communicated through an RF module to a receiving end that would be able to perform certain actions depending on the gesture pattern. The goal is to develop a product whose functionalities and ease-of-use can be naturally integrated into daily life.

Target use case: This product can be potentially used by bikers to control simple functions on their smartphones like music and phone calling.

Gestures to implement: 1) Swipe up, 2) Swipe down, 3) Single tap, 4) Double tap
Our touch sensor system will be required to distinguish between the above gestures. We will also implement activation/deactivation feature which can be used to turn off the sleeve when not in use.

Expected modules:
1) Touch sensor system (capacitive or resistive) designed on fabric using conductive thread,
2) RF module - Bluetooth or Wifi,
3) Flex PCB to integrate with the touch sensor system
4) Control module - Microcontroller & PCB

Resources: We have consulted with Skot Wiedmann who has experience with touch sensing systems and can be a great resource. He has also offered to be our mentor for this project. All three team members are EE’s with backgrounds in signal processing and power systems, and have experience with other applications of conductive thread.

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