Call to arms: malleable interface creation!

Hello!

My name is Luiz Gustavo, and I'm a brazilian design student. First of all, this is my very first post at this space, and I'm very very open to hear whatever critics or opinion of everyone. My hardware & electronics knowledge is very limited, so I'm opening the whole creation of the following project to whoever is interested in co-creating it with me.

As part of my ongoing graduation project, I want to create a malleable interface using textiles. The idea is pretty simple. I want to create an open-source hybrid object, a digital raw data generator, consisted of a highly malleable interface that is capable of being folded, twisted and adjusted to the will of its user: an interface as simple and soft as a piece of silk fabric.

The data generated must give the current state (deformation and positioning) of the malleable object to a digital output in realtime. The malleable object has to be modular, as well as a little stretchable. I really want to create something that can be remounted, modified, and used in different kind of contexts - not so only as my main purpose at the creation of an experimental art installation I've been working on as my graduation project.

At this website I've posted a larger description of my intentions with this interface, as well as a first draft of it:

[u]http://theinstrumentproject.tumblr.com/[/u]

I'm not quite sure how's that going to be done, what have already been done in this area, what kinds of open hardware I can use, sensors and so on. I'm really starting this research right now, but it would help a lot to at least hear some possibilities from anyone. I'm very very open to hear any kind of contribution!

Thanks! [=

Best regards,

Luiz Gustavo. (lgguts@gmail.com).

Just giving you guys some feedback about this project:

Here is the development blog I've been posting some updates:

http://namainstrument.tumblr.com/

And here is a video I've made with a first prototype of the malleable interface: https://vimeo.com/39814726

Thanks!