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J4k3t 2.0 [and Musical MIDI Jacket]
Rehmi Post, Kit Waal, Noah Vawter
The Musical MIDI Jacket is a wearable performance instrument developed in 1997 by Media Lab students; it was perhaps the first wearable system to demonstrate the use of off-the-shelf conductive threads and fabrics as media for sensing and electronic interconnection. j4k3t 2.0 shows how these techniques have evolved, remaining accessible to anyone with a sewing machine and a soldering iron while becoming smaller, more sophisticated, and 350% cuter.