Figure 3-3. Apparel draping process on humanoid robot for textile sensor design.
Clothing is perhaps the most widely experienced form of textile object and is nearly universal in its adoption; as a result there are a variety of well-developed methods for design and construction. From a technical perspective, apparel designers are highly skilled in the art of tailoring textile materials, manipulating two dimensional patterns into zero Gaussian curvature forms that mesh with the biomechanics and kinematics of the human body, or in this case a humanoid robot body. This skill set should be incorporated into soft-architecture robotics that utilize electronic-textiles and fiber-electronics as the problem space is similar except instead of the human body a robot form is present. In addition to the engineering and mechanics of clothing, apparel and textile designers are highly fluent in the semiotics of clothing and the subtleties of the nonverbal communication of fashion. Apparel and textile designers/engineers understand both the mechanics of clothing as well as the semiotics of fashion. The semiotics of fashion as it relates to sartorial robotics will be discussed in more detail in later chapters.