REMQuilt helps couples decipher the secret language of their sleep.
Each night, it tracks their restlessness, closeness, and body contact; each morning, it weaves this data into a representation of their sleep and projects it on their bed in a quilt-like pattern.
REMQuilt is comprised of a number of digital textiles: a Kinect camera for low light camera and depth; face tracking libraries in openFrameworks to suggest restlessness and proximity; two conductive pillow cases to measure body contact between sleepers, and a projector mounted above the bed to illuminate the connections in the morning.
For demonstration purposes only, we built a mode which projected the quilt 'live' while a couple was in bed, and much of our documentation utilizes this modality.
REMQuilt was built in collaboration: my best work happens in tandem with brilliant makers, who were, in this case, Amelia Hancock and Patrick Muth.
I lead the development of the software architecture (mostly openFrameworks, but also Processing and Arduino), fabricated the electronic pillow cases (silver-plated spandex & bamboo fabric), co-conceived of the concept with Amelia, and directed and shot the video documentation.