An art and technology lab in Budapest have used electrically conductive paint to create MIDI controllers on fabric.
Design by Esteban de la Torre and Judit Kárpáti, materials provided by Bare Conductive
Art and technology lab EJ tech have produced beautiful and flexible sensors by silkscreening electrically conductive paint onto fabric. When connected to a microcontroller—in this case the Arduino Mega ADK—this 'Liquid MIDI' can communicate a change in electrical field.The microcontroller sends MIDI signals to Ableton Live, so by interacting with the fabric the user can manipulate or trigger music.
This exploration into tactile and flexible computer interfaces is part of an emerging trend of custom built controllers, and companies such as Bare Conductive are making technology like Electric Paint even more accessible.