Created out of Eindhoven in Netherlands, TexTales is a set of children’s bed sheets that have augmented reality images woven into the fabric.
The sheets display 3D images of fairy tale characters through a table or a smartphone. The sheets come with an accompanying app and lets parents create special stories for and with their kids before bedtime or during play time.
The images on the fabric are recognizable by a custom made software that lets parents and their children interact with the images on the fabric.
TexTales works with iOS 5 and higher gadgets and Android 2.3 and higher devices. These devices must have a rear-facing camera.
The product came from an earlier project by Kristi Kuusk and is a collaborative project from Eindhoven University of Technology, Industrial Design Department with Unit040, Johan van den Acker Textielfabriek and studio Toer. It is also part of the CRISP Smart Textile Services project.
TexTales launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for developing the product further by creating more stories and characters.