Color-Changing Fabrics Morphs In Response To Sound Files

Color-Changing Fabrics Morphs In Response To Sound Files

This chameleon-like fabric uses heat sensitive technology to react to its environment.

Tiffany Nesbit
  • 9 may 2014

Though the boundaries between the digital and physical worlds blur more each day, Budapest based textile designer, Judit Eszter Karpati decided to try an experiment that would bring those mediums together even more. Specifically, she wanted to explore the relationship between technology and textile arts. This led her to try her hand at creating a programmable, electronic color-changing fabric, that could soon knock the fashion world off its feet.

Chromosonic is a fabric that can change its color based on its surroundings by using the Arduino open-source platform. Heat-sensitive technology creates shifting patterns that are generated from processed sound files and react to environmental impulses. The textile is first covered in silkscreen, then a special dye is applied that changes with temperature. Wires have been woven into the fabric and they heated up by sound- causing the fabric to change color.


Karpati says she is interested in integrating interactive technologies into textiles because it is a way of making something that is digital become tangible, and a way of connecting textiles to humans. Her experiment raises questions about how wearable tech could be embedded into our clothes, and how we can make use of that from both a technological standpoint and in fashion. To learn more about Chromosonic, watch the video below.

Judit Eszter Karpati // Chromosonic
[h/t] Gizmodo

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