eBee is an electronics quilting game, merging the social contexts of quilting bees and board games, the strategic and systems thinking of gaming and electronics, and the tangible nature of electronics and quilting. The project aims to bridge the generational, ethnic and gender gaps in electronics and eTextiles through its incorporation of traditional quilting methods and practices, and accessibility of board games. We envision a future in which families, friends, and communities collaborate to build and play the game, and learn about electronics along the way.
The goal of eBee is to build a circuit from the central hub, or power source, through an island, and back to the power source. The game is played with hexagonal fabric game tiles outfitted with conductive fabric pathways and attached to a game board with conductive velcro. eBee can be played as a two-player, team-based or co-op game. When players create successful circuits, an effect, such as LED lights, is triggered on the island. The game produces rich emergent gameplay and results in the creation of a collaborative, illuminated quilt.