Pinstripe: Eyes-free continuous input anywhere on interactive clothing

Pinstripe in action

What is Pinstripe?

The key idea of Pinstripe is to build an user interface upon two affordances of textiles: grasping and deforming. Most clothes exhibit loose folds in different areas when worn, and Pinstripe makes use of this fact: It lets wearers provide input by pinching a part of their clothing between their thumb and another finger, creating a fold in the garment, and then rolling this fold between their fingers.
It is a textile user interface element for eyes-free, continuous value input on smart garments that uses pinching and rolling a piece of cloth between your fingers. Input granularity can be controlled by the amount of cloth pinched. Pinstripe input elements are invisible, and can be included across large areas of a garment. Pinstripe thus addresses several problems previously identified in the placement and operation of textile UI elements on smart clothing.

Pinstripe prototype

The Team

Pinstripe is a research project by Thorsten Karrer, Moritz Wittenhagen, Florian Heller and Jan Borchers from the Media Computing Group.



Jan Thar. Pinstripe: Integration & Evaluation of a Wearable Linear Input Controller for Everyday Clothing. Bachelor's thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, February 2013. PDF Document BibTeX Entry.


Stefan Ivanov. TextiPad: Implementation and Evaluation of a Wearable Textile Touchpad. Master's thesis, RWTH Aachen University, September 2012. PDF Document BibTeX Entry.


Thorsten Karrer, Moritz Wittenhagen, Leonhard Lichtschlag, Florian Heller, and Jan Borchers. Pinstripe: Eyes-free Continuous Input on Interactive Clothing. In CHI '11: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pages 1313–1322, Vancouver, Canada, May 2011. ACM Press. PDF Document Movie BibTeX Entry.


Thorsten Karrer, Moritz Wittenhagen, Florian Heller, and Jan Borchers. Pinstripe: Eyes-free Continuous Input Anywhere on Interactive Clothing. In UIST '10: Adjunct proceedings of the 23nd annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology, pages 429–430, New York, NY, October 2010. PDF Document BibTeX Entry.

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