This, my friends, is the perfect marriage of technology and knitting. Computational textiles! And it was designed by a student at IU!

Yes, I will be making my very own Know it All bag. Soon. Another use of the LilyPad: A dress  that monitors carbon dioxide in the air. Super awesome.

I decided to look into computational textiles and wearable technology a bit more. Because it’s awesome. Check out this video about the wearable technology artist, Syuzi Pakhchyan.

I also ran across this British company, CuteCircuit, that is “working on making technology that is more usable, emotionally fulfilling, and fun!” Featured projects include the Hug Shirt (sensation of being hugged), KineticDress (changes color depending on activity), A-Nerve (changes the fabric pleats in the shirt when you receive an incoming call), and more. Definitely take a look.

I geeked out and found a couple of relevant articles. “The LilyPad Arduino: Using Computational Textiles to Investigate Engagement, Aesthetics, and Diversity in Computer Science Education” and “Electronic/ Computational Textiles and Children’s Crafts.”

In terms of gender and computerization, I think this is clearly a field that encompasses many technologies and from what I can tell, women are playing a big role in it. As is evident from the second article, children can definitely be taught to make and program these technologies, which supports my idea that the sooner girls are introduced to and become excited by technology and computers, the more likely they are to study CS.