Printerface: Screen Printed Electroluminescent Touch Interface

Ty Van de Zande (2017)

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The Printerface projectby Ty Van de Zande is an exploration to develop day-to-day functionality using properties of emerging materials. Electroluminescent (EL) circuits were screen printed on paper and cloth to create a music player interface.

Electroluminescence is caused by a phosphor compound being trapped in a collapsing electromagnetic field.

Screen printing allows for precise control, reproducibility, and ink can be made from (pretty much) anything. It is a perfect process for creating cloth-based circuitry.

Made possible with support from the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier.