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LOOMIA SOFT CIRCUITRY
Loomia is a soft circuit system that can be embedded into textiles for heating, lighting, sensing or data-tracking applications. The Loomia Electronic Layer (LEL) integrates seamlessly with your chosen material. The product’s IP is in several areas: flexible apparel-friendly connectors, components, custom battery form factors, and e-patterned materials. This was a project from Tomorrow Lan where I took part as an Industrial Designer.
The core function of the Loomia LEL is to provide a soft, flexible heating layer inside clothing. The LEL carries a special magnetic connector, PCB, and clothing-friendly junction. The PCB can distinguish between what power source is attached and provide the right heat settings, allowing it to be powered by (1) a 5V battery pack attached with the Loomia Adaptor Cable, or (2) the specialized Loomia Battery Pack.
THE LOOMIA BATTERY PACK
When the application requires more, the Loomia Battery pack provides superior experiences above a standard 5V battery pack. The Battery's high-wattage Lithium Polymer battery allows the LEL to provide higher heat output than a standard 5V battery pack. Wireless Qi Charging make it a breeze to recharge. Helpful design features like a flat form factor, vibration, LED indication, and a single large paddle button let users easily toggle between 3 heat settings while the pack is inside a garment pocket and attached to the LEL.
During the iteration process, we looked at the ways we could design the battery-pack differently -- as a fashion-based technology brand, it needed to have its own edge. We focused our exploration on the metaphor of "rippling", which encompasses both the idea of "impact", "fluidity" and "gentleness".