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A comparative case study on the current typology of consumer electronics and embroidery culture.

Embroidery is not usually what we think about when we consider smart devices. Yet, many of the actions that we find ourselves doing, touching a screen or pressing a button, use similar manual dexterity and techniques that can be found in embroidery culture. Pattern making, linking, threading, stitching [swiping], spinning [scrolling], trimming [tapping], and so on. Looking at the industrial norms and aesthetic of today’s smart devices, most products fail to expand beyond our audio or visual senses. We have become blind in relationship to our embodied understandings, smart systems often forget about the tangible matters that have the potential to enrich our day to day lives.

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