You jerk, stop playing with the food! It’s time now to try your hands on a tablecloth instead. Designed at Giebichenstein by art and design student Clemens Winkler, this Interactive Tablecloth is a talismanic concept that creates signs of time as a sketch on the cloth’s surface. Mystifying traces are developed in course of the interaction, as the slightest contact marks a reaction on the textile. Made in three layers, the tablecloth uses thermo-chromic ink that changes color with the change in temperature on the top, conductive threads for the middle and conducting yarns controlled by a LillyPad unit for the bottom layer.
The Interactive Tablecloth has software built in to help record the last interactions with the fabric, so you know what happened at the table when you weren’t around. Heat sensitive and lighting sensors have been used in the tablecloth, as a contact is made or something is placed over the fabric, it changes color in a definite shade previously fed for sign of time.
The woven fabric with conductive threads makes for the Interactive Tablecloth, which redefines the meaning of leaving your mark at the table. The tablecloth with given properties could emphasize upon the logical meaning in human-to-human interaction. Now when you’re alone at home, get over to the table and see what it was being with all the last time you were together – in the making of a genius indeed.