Trikoton is a design label exploring the use of the human voice to create knitted patterns in fabric. Frequency bands of an audio message are converted into binary codes and embedded into clothing. The video below is in German but you can get the general idea.
The label began from the Gelsomina project presented at Ars Electronica in 2007. An old mechanical knitting machine was hacked with a microcontroller and 24 small engines imitating a pattern card to directly control the device by live user input.
The project has since evolved to encompass installation and web based interfaces. Visitors to the Trikoton site can record their voice and have it encoded into the garment they order.
Numerous online retails allow visitors to design their own clothing using online interfaces, but using a computational process to encode speech is an interesting and novel modality that we ourselves have explored with the Speaker project. The end product they create looks to be of especially high quality and fuses together handmade with mass produced.
What is missing from the site is a gallery of works created. We would be especially interested to see what words people choose to encode, and whether their choice is based on the aesthetic of the design or the words themselves.
Thanks to Olivier Bau for pointing this project out to us.