Can you output intricate computationally driven templates that will allow for very complex patterns? Maybe laser-cut these templates and throw a party (with beer) for people to work on it.
I would really love for you to focus on the knitting, but if you can’t get the things actually made, why not just ouput patterns for later use? Maybe put together a book of generative knitting patterns?
If you knit yourself, is there any code involved? I have a feeling the low-rez knitting won’t be precieved properly?
do knitting!!!!! I agree with Golan that it would be really hard to use your generative algorithm to create clothing, maybe just a swatch with an interesting generated texture would be a good start. and it would be easier for you to make by hand if necessary.
Yup, not sure working with the hardware would take up majority of your time. It’s always a risk time wise to jump into an unfamiliar platform
Subtitle win. Don’t abandon the idea. Even small knitting stuff would be really cool. I would scale back a little, but don’t abandon the knitting.
LOVE the idea. BUT i think you should go with the snake jewlry from project 4 if this idea doesn’t work out. I think scope the project down so it’s feasible like Golan suggested.
I like the knitting idea, merging digital with physical/craft. I think it would be good to just scope down the knitting project, so doing something smaller or just some piece of it. Maybe you could do knit jewelry like bracelets with interesting generated designs.
Stick with this project! I think it’s a bit of both — you should generate the fabulous complex forms because that’s what it’s really about, but you should also generate smaller ones, which you could make by hand, as examples. Or, as golan says, get monies from school to buy a knitting machine. Or letters of introduction from the professor to help get in-kind-support from commercial entities.
Love the idea! And really like to see it happen. Try to stick with it.
I think the smaller knitted objects are probably more feasible, but might not save you much time. The low-res, bigger forms are a useful fall-back
Get working with Matt Stultz and HackPittsburgh ASAP ASAP! You won’t be able to “borrow” the machine, since it’s huge, but if they have it computer controlled, they’ll let you use it.
– What if your first experiments are not attractive knitwear, but just experimental form tubes?
– What if you find commercial vendors with such machines who are able to help instead?
– what about having it hand knit by commercial entities in e.g. china/india/etc?
– what about computer-controlled embroidery machines?
Could have a really cool product. I look forward to seeing what comes out.
Nice presentation. WHAT IF you used software to dye the yarn different colors along it’s length, and then you just hand-knit the same shape every time.
This is really cool! i think the idea of intersting forms that aren’t necessarily meant to be worn is a good idea, just in case.
Seems like it would be worth knitting a smaller prototype by hand, but only depending on your knitting chops – meaning that if you can get a computer to generate a form that is visibly computationally derived, it might be difficult to construct, but if you have the skillz then it could be great.
About the China option: http://www.alibaba.com <– crazy website for sourcing labor from china. You just find a factory in China that does what you want and then chat with them through the web interface. Once you send the plans the finished product can be on your doorstep in a few weeks.