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    Content by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson
    The following institutions have funded our research and supported our work:

    From 2013-2015 Mika is a guest professor at the eLab at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee

    From July - December 2013 Hannah was a researcher at the UdK's Design Research Lab

    From 2010-2012 Mika was a guest researcher in the Smart Textiles Design Lab at The Swedish School of Textiles

    From 2009 - 2011 Hannah was a graduate student in the MIT Media Lab's High-Low Tech research group led by Leah Buechley


    In 2009 Hannah and Mika were both research fellows at the Distance Lab


    Between 2003 - 2009 Hannah and Mika were both students at Interface Cultures
    We support the Open Source Hardware movement. All our own designs published on this website are released under the Free Cultural Works definition
    Welcome to the KOBAKANT DIY Wearable Technology Documentation

    This website aims to be a comprehensible, accessible and maintainable reference resource, as well as a basis for further exploration and contribution.

    Most Recent Posts

    Sensors

    Wrist Flick Drum


    Made during PIFcamp 2017, this textile sensor detects the impact of a conductive pendulum slapping against the wristband when the wrist is twisted back and forth in a flicking action. The conductive pendulum is made from a small heavy stone collected by the Soca river that has been sewn into a stretch conductive pouch.

    Example Projects

    Sonic Insoles for Magic Shoes


    These Sonic Insoles demonstrate a simple way of adding pressure sensors in your shoes. Fusing strips of conductive fabric to the surface of a robust base material such as felt. Cutting shapes of piezoresistive fabric for the pressure sensitive areas. Punching holes for sewing and using thick thread to hold everything together.

    Connections

    Wire to Conductive Fabric Connection


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    in progress… Inspired by Vaclav’s Magic Shoe connections… Poke wires through strips of conductive fabric and soldered them to stripy protoboard. Solder quickly at low heat to avoid that the heat of the soldering will melt the stretch conductive fabric and burn the conductive layer of silver.

    Sensors

    Textile Sensor Demos for Summer School


    These textile sensor demos were made for the Soft Circuits for Soft Bodies workshop at the eTextile Summer School 2017.

    Connections

    E-Textile Cheat Sheet


    — work in progress — Making electrical connections and not making electrical connections are the most common challenges when working with electronic textiles. This chart lists a variety of materials and ways of making connections (making contact) and not making connections (insulating) between them.

    Tools

    ohmBroach


    This wearable tool translates resistance into colour and sound.

    Connections

    Common GND


    Breadboard to Metal Snap Converter The worlds of electronics and textiles are separated by their inability to connect across shared connections. But in the world of electronic textiles you want to be able to share power, data, GND. To bridge this gap, and make electrical connections between these separated worlds, I made this breadboard to […]

    Workshops

    Nature’s Wearables


    30th July – 5th August 2017, at PIFcamp in Slovenia. KOBAKANT will be joining PIFcamp this year to design and build “all-natural wearable technology”. Merging natural and technical materials and mechanisms to produce a new style of technological cladding – wearables to protect us from the future.

    Announcements

    E-Textile Summer Fest in France


    22 – 23 July 2017, at Les Moulins de Paillard in Poncé-sur-le-Loir, France eTextile Summer Fest is a weekend long event that is open to everyone who would like to join. The event will be held at the Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain & Résidence d’Artistes, Poncé sur le Loir, France. If you are curious to […]

    Announcements

    Linlow Performance in Berlin


    Interactive Improvisational Perfomance of Calligraphy, movement and sound Time: June 4th 2017 17:00- Location: the Apartment Project Berlin (Hetzbergstrasse 13, 12055 Berlin) http://berlin.apartmentproject.org/ Aoi Yamaguchi (Japanese Calligraphy) > http://aoiyamaguchi.com/ Schneider TM (Experimental Music) > http://schneidertm.net/ Ozgur Erkok (Performance) > http://ozgurerkok.blogspot.de/ Mika Satomi (Sensor embedded costume and Interactive system) > http://www.kobakant.at/ Aoi, Schneider TM and Mika […]

    Sensors

    Bonded Bend Sensor


    As I got a new stretchy fusible/heat bond from Bemis, I started to experiment with bonding fabrics with iron. Making bend sensor with this technique is super quick, super easy and works very very well as a sensor. Rachel Freire has been working a lot with the heat bond and eTextiles as second skin project […]

    Example Projects

    E-Textile Datagloves Overview


    The following is a collection of Datagloves made using electrically conductive fabrics that react to strain (stretch, pressure) with a change in electrical resistance (piezoresistive effect), allowing them to sense the movement of the fingers. Connections are made from these fabrics to classic electrical wires and circuitboards, so that a microcontroller can translate these analog […]

    Workshops

    Fabricademy: Soft Circuits and Textiles Sensors


    Week 5 on the 24th of October and week 9 on the 21st of November 2017 as part of the Fabricademy As part of the Fabricademy we will teach two one-week sessions introducing electronics textiles as a field of making soft, flexible, wearable electronics. In each of these weeks students will learn techniques by copying […]

    Announcements

    VVunsch VVerkstatt at NODE


    June 26th – 29th during the NODE Festival in Frankfurt, Germany Not a workshop, but a participatory performance. The VVunsch VVerkstatt is an installation/intervention that deals with making wishes come true. Throughout the NODE festival the VVunsch VVerkstatt will provide a place for discussing the role of technology as a tool for making wishes come […]

    Workshops

    In All Different Colors


    Time: May 19,20 2017 10:00- 17:00 as a part of Weissensee Art Academy Berlin, Soft Interactive Technology 2 course Location: Print Lab and eLab, Weissensee Art Academy Berlin In this second part of the Soft Interactive Technology 2 course, we will have 2 days of experimenting with thermochromic screen printing on textile and designing the […]

    Workshops

    Transparent and Dangerous II


    Wednesday 10th May 2017, 17:30 – 19:30 at the Toronto Wearables Meetup at the Social Body Lab at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. Pins are sharp and familiar, abundant and conductive. Used in textiles as tools for prototyping, to make quick connections between materials. Lets examine these pins closer, treat them as materials themselves and […]

    Example Projects

    ATtiny Snap Diamond


    A breakout board for the ATtiny84. Designed to sit on the back of the hand and interface to 5 textile stretch sensors on three fingers. Reading their analog values and translating them into lighting patterns as well as sending their analog sensor data over serial rx and tx connections.

    Actuators

    SMA Smocking Swatch Example


    Please also see SMA smocking post >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=5276 Smocking is an old textile technique that gathers fabric in certain pattern to create 3D decorative pattern on textiles. There are many tutorials and patterns online, but I had a nice reference book called The Art of Manipulating Fabric by Colette Wolff. From many smocking patterns, I […]

    Actuators

    Shape Memory Alloy connection


    It is tricky to make a good connection as it does not really stick to solder. Yes, if you are patient, you can drop a lot of solder on copper tape (or other type of copper surface) and dip the edge of the SMA to connect. But, it is tricky. Another way is to crimp […]

    Actuators

    Shape Memory Alloy Training


    You need to “train” or memorize the shape, in order for SMA (Shape Memory Alloy) to change its shape to what you like. There are many tutorials you can find, from heating up with blowtorch to using candles. In this example, I am using Flexinol 0.001 LT from robotshop (http://www.robotshop.com/en/dynalloy-flexinol-010-lt-actuator-wire.html). Perhaps it differs on which […]

    Workshops

    Moving Textile


    Time: April 27,28 2017 10:00- 17:00 as a part of Weissensee Art Academy Berlin, Soft Interactive Technology 2 course Location: eLab, Weissensee Art Academy Berlin In this 2 days workshop, we will explore methods to move textiles with electricity using SMA (Shape Memory Alloy) and electromagnetism. On the first day, we will explore materials, techniques, […]

    Sensors

    Capacitive Fabric Slider/Wheels


    Flickr set >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157682852303805 Video: Front and back: Capacitive Sensing Cap sense shapes: Circular sliders: Linear sliders: Code /* Visualizes the movement of a finger over a series of capacitive sensors. >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=6607 Based on the CVDSense Library Demo Sketch by Admar Schoonen 2016. >> https://github.com/admarschoonen/CVDSensor IMPORTANT: Needs a minimum of 2 capacitive sensors. When […]

    Workshops

    E-Textile Summer School in France


    24 – 28th July 2017, at Les Moulins de Paillard in Poncé-sur-le-Loir, France APPLICATION CLOSED! More info >> http://etextile-summercamp.org/2017/summerof/summerschool/

    Workshops

    Transparent and Dangerous


    Monday 24 April 2017, 12:30 – 15:20 at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. This workshop will only be open to students. Pins are sharp and familiar, abundant and conductive. Used in textiles as tools for prototyping, to make quick connections between materials. Lets […]

    Example Projects

    Necklace Display – Beaded LED Matrix


    Made in the Hybrid Craft Lab of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, in an attempt to produce a wearable display.

    Tools

    ATtiny Breadboard Programming Piggyback Extension


    Workshops

    Hybrid Jewels


    Tuesday March 14th & Tuesday March 21st 2016, 18:00 – 20:00 in the Hybrid Craft Lab at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. A short hands-on activity, following a presentation about my work. We will start by going outside to collect materials from around campus. Leaves,needles, twigs, pine cones, stones, straws, berries, cans, coins… anything […]

    Example Projects

    Stirring Queen Mask


    Made in the Hybrid Craft Lab of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, for the Jewish carnival celebration Purim, this mask is made from spoons and sticks intended for stirring sugar and milk into coffee.

    Conductive Materials

    Sparkfun finally selling Eeontex!


    Sparkfun is finally retailing a selection of 3 different Eeontex fabrics (made by Eeonyx) in small quantities.

    Workshops

    Electronics as Material III


    20-24 February 2017, taught by David Gauthier and Hannah Perner-Wilson at the Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design in Copenhagen, Denmark

    Workshops

    Material Mechanisms for Utopian Uniforms


    13-17th December 2016 hosted jointly by Interface Cultures and Fashion and Technology departments at the Art University Linz, Austria This workshop is only open to university students. Fashionable Technology I Textiles are one of the oldest forms of technology, we’ve been wrapping our bodies in material for 100,000 years. As our environment changes, we develop […]

    Workshops

    Soft Interactive Technology 1 at KHB


    December 2,3,9,10,2016 10:00- 17:00 elab Weissensee Art Academy Berlin. In a morning, I push a button to start the electric kettle to make a cup of tea, turn on the radio by sliding the on/off switch and turn the knob to tune into the radio station I want to listen to. I open my laptop, […]

    Example Projects

    Textile Sensor Demo Station


    This is a demonstration setup that allows you to plug a variety of resistive textile sensors into a Teensy and either read the sensor values as Serial communication, or midi commands. The textile sensors are designed with their leads ending in two 9mm metal snap fasteners – 1 male, 1 female. This snap connection connects […]

    Workshops

    Pulp in Motion


    28 & 29th November 2016 as part of the Madtech course at the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen, The Netherlands This workshop is only open to Madtech students. An Experimental Research Lab In this two-day workshop we will explore paper’s ability to move and be manipulated. Using a range of conductive materials to invent and […]

    Workshops

    Chic bend and Sleek stretch


    September 27-28th, 10:00- 17:00 Design Research Lab, UDK Berlin Germany. Workshop subscription limited to ArcInTex PhD students. When creating e-Textile sensors, we tend to consider its electrical property and function, but how about its aesthetic language? Especially when worn on bodies, e-Textiles becomes a part of one’s fashion statement. Can we imagine a chic bend […]

    Workshops

    PIFpack Workshop


    September 27/28th 2016, 17-21:00 at Anselma in Ljubljana/Slovenia This workshop will take place at the end of my one-month residency at Ljudmila in September 2016. The idea for PIFpouch was inspired by a week of hacking in the Slovenian Alps during pif_camp 2016. “PIF” comes from the Slovenian “piflar” which means “nerd” or “hacker”. In […]

    Sensors

    Anti-Static Foam Pressure Matrix


    Inspired by Pauline, Paul and Jussi‘s foam switch that they submitted to the 2016 E-Textile Swatch Exchange, I made a quick try at constructing a pressure sensor matrix with the rows and columns sewn directly into a piece of anti-static/piezoresistive/ESD foam. It works!

    Sensors

    Fingertip Contact Switch


    At the tips of your fingers, this contact switch is closed by touching the tips your thumb and index finger together. conductive fabric pads are fused underneath stretch fabric.

    Workshops

    Smart Rituals


    A/D/A Festival Hamburg, on Friday, August 26th – Saturday, August 27th. „The goal of building a smart city is to improve quality of life by using technology to improve the efficiency of services and meet residents’ needs“ (from wikipedia) by silently monitoring the city through embedded sensors. In this two-day workshop, us, the citizens, we […]

    Sensors

    Analog Pin Stroke Sensor


    During PIFcamp 2016 Cedric Honnet got the analog version of the pin stroke sensing working!

    Power

    Conductive Fabric Microbial Fuel-Cell


    This experiment in making a two chamber battery from salty agar, water, microbes and a conductive fabric electrode was made during Interspecifics‘s Microbial Fuel-Cell workshop at PIFcamp 2016.

    Tools

    ohmGlove


    This first ohmGlove prototype is an attempt to make a wearable version of the ohmHook. It allows the wearer to pinch a material between their fingers to listen to it’s electrical resistance as well as how it behaves under pressure. A pull-up resistor of the same material is sandwiched between little finger and palm. The […]

    Example Projects

    Tilt Sensor Demo


    All-in-one demo of a fabric tilt sensor. This sensor demo is a simple circuit made up of a 3V coin-cell battery (inside a conductive fabric battery pouch), 6 red LEDs and a 6-way tilt sensitive switch. The tilt switch is made up of a common GND (negative power supply from battery) which is connected to […]

    Tools

    ohmHook


    The ohmHook is crochet hook mounted on a circuitboard which measures the electrical resistance between the crochet hook and a crocodile clip connected to the opposite end of the tool handle. The resistance is displayed as the 10 bit reading of the microcontroller’s analog-to-digital converter.

    Sensors

    Fish Scale Sensor


    This sensor is inspired by the “design” of fish scales and bird feathers: how single elements are repeated, and how it allows the main body to bend smoothly by sliding over the others. The scale in this sensor is made with Eeonyx non-woven conductive textile. The carbon is infused on non woven textile in order […]

    Sensors

    Elastic Button Fabric


    Workshops

    E-Textile Tooling: ohmHook


    Monday June 6th 2016, 9-17:00 at the Walker Art Center as part of the Eyeo Festival Electronic Textiles (E-Textiles) combine traditional textile materials, tools and techniques with electrical engineering practices. These processes often require a mixed set of tools from both disciples in order to work material into it’s final textile form while knowing about […]

    Circuits and Code

    Transistor Switch


    When you are controlling actuator that needs more than 5V or more than 40mA (this is the maximum current digital pins can supply), you can not directly drive this actuator from the digital pins. This is the case, when you want to use strong motor, embroidered speaker, SMA or any heat actuators.. and many more. […]

    Circuits and Code

    Voltage Divider


    The arduino‘s analog pins are reading the voltage that comes in, not the resistance over the two points. When you want to use a resistive sensor (i.e. neoprene bend sensor), you need to manipulate the voltage that goes into the analog pins with the resistive change the sensor makes. For this, we can make a […]

    Workshops

    Sensing with Textiles


    April 29-30th 2016, 2-day workshop as a part of Soft Interactive Technology Course at Kunsthochschule Weissensee’s E-Lab in Berlin, Germany This workshop is only open to students of the university. This 2-day introductory workshop introduces textile students to the materials, tools and techniques to create textile sensors and how to read them with arduino microcontroller […]

    Workshops

    eTextile Summer Camp 2016


    The open call for eTextile Summer Camp 2016 is out now. The eTextile Summer Camp is a week-long event that brings together expert practitioners from the fields of eTextiles and Soft Circuitry. Gathering in the countryside of France, the camp offers participants space and opportunity to come together professionally and casually to exchange knowledge, share […]

    Workshops

    Woven Paper Cup Speaker Workshop


    Wednesday March 2016 at the Growlery in San Francisco, USA In this short evening workshop we will weave electromagnets on circular looms strung on paper cups. We will weave a spiral of conductive thread, that is spaced out (isolated) by the addition of a non-conductive thread. These spirals simultaneously make up the electromagnets and membranes […]

    Sensors

    Tilt Potentiometer


    or: “Analog Tilt Sensor“ Instead of treating each conductive petal contact of the this fabric tilt sensor as an individual digital input, the petals are connected through a series of fixed resistances (conductive thread or fabric with a high resistance) and the last or first petal is this resistor ladder is connected to an analog […]

    Thinking Out Loud

    Between the Alternative Future and the Reality


    A lot of eTextlile/wearables projects are placed in the world of alternative future, like our project “Crying Dress”. These projects probably falls into the category of Critical Design or Speculative Design, where the designers/artists talk about their concern about the current situation by speculating the exaggerated version of that matter in future and design a […]

    Example Projects

    Example Circuits and Code


    A collection of simple example circuits that demonstrate the use of textile sensors and e-textile circuit techniques in combination with microcontroller programming.

    Example Projects

    E-Textile Sensor Wall


    Intended for an introductory electronic textile sensor workshop. This wall is a platform for connecting various textile sensors and mapping them to various output (visuals, sound…) to visualize the sensor data.

    Thinking Out Loud

    Starting to Think


    For years now we have had this idea to use HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT not only as a platform for documenting our research, designs and workshops, but also for collecting our thoughts, conversations and opinions on the topics of electronic textiles and wearable technology. Over a year ago we added a new category […]

    Actuators

    woven heat fabric for thermochromic prints


    This is a trial for embedding heating thread on fabric for thermochromic prints. The copper thread is bind on the back side of the woven fabric to be used as heating elements while the front side of the fabric remains flat satin construction for silk screen printing. back side with copper thread inserts front side […]

    Sensors

    Woven Pressure sensors


    Just like Felted Pompom Pressure Sensor and felted crochet pressure sensor, it also works as pressure sensor when conductive yarns are woven into a textile structure. Here I tried two types of woven structure, satin and honeycomb. The honeycomb is a structure often used for tea towels and blankets. It creates 3D structure when taken […]

    Example Projects

    Fab Intro: Continuity Bracelet


    Designed as an intro activity for the rotation of multiple smaller groups of students through different tool stations, this example project demonstrates the use of 5 different tools and techniques commonly used and in a fabrication lab. The circuit on the bracelet is very basic and can be used as continuity indicator. When worn, the […]

    Actuators

    Fabric Speaker Swatch Example


    Inspired by Marcelo Coehlo’s paper speaker and Vincent Leclerc’s Accouphene textile speaker, we have been trying out different techniques on building fabric speakers. Woven speaker >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=5509 Knit speaker >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=4465 Embroidered speaker >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2936 Some experiments made by Claire Williams with the couching embroidery technique and a coil basket weaving technique: >> https://xxxclairewilliamsxxx.wordpress.com/electronic-textiles/#Textile Here […]

    Actuators

    Flip-Dot Swatch Example


    This is a copy of the 1-Bit Textile swatch that Irene Posch and Ebru Kurbak submitted to the 2015 E-Textile Swatch Exchange. This example was made for the Adapting Swatches workshop held at Kunsthochschule Weissensee’s E-Lab in Berlin on December 11-12th 2015 as a part of Soft Technology 1 course. The example explains the construction […]

    Actuators

    Flapping Wing Swatch Example


    This swatch demonstrates how the combination of an electromagnetic coil and a permanent magnet can be used to create a “flapping” movement…….. Materials and Tools Materials: cotton fabric, silk fabric, cotton thread, neodymium magnet (1cm diameter, 2mm high, axially magnetized), enameled copper wire (0.01mm diameter), copper tape, solder Tools: sewing needle, pinking shears, scissors, soldering […]

    Workshops

    Adopting Swatches


    December 11-12th 2015, 2-day workshop at Kunsthochschule Weissensee’s E-Lab in Berlin, Germany This workshop is only open to students of the university. This 2-day introductory workshop introduces textile students to the materials, tools and techniques used animate electronic textiles using electromagnetism. The goal of this workshop if for each student to compile their own swatchbook […]

    Actuators

    Flip-Dot Fabric


    Inspired by the Igne Oyasi Motor that I made during the 2014 E-Textile Summercamp and the 1-Bit Textile swatch that Irene Posch and Ebru Kurbak’s submitted to the 2015 E-Textile Swatch Exchange, this post documents the creation of a textile flip-dot fabric to be used as a display.

    Tools

    Pincushion Breadboard Bracelet


    Pincushion Breadboard Bracelet combines the wearable “at-hand” functionality of a wrist-worn pincushion, with the electronics prototyping flexibility of a breadboard. This wearable tool might not seem all that useful to you at first, but I would like to demonstrate that a Pincushion Breadboard Bracelet can be an extremely useful tool for for the right purposes. […]

    Sensors

    JoyButton


    A 4-way pressure sensor with a central “button” that acts as a joystick. Constructed from conductive (silverized lycra), piezoresistive (Eeontex) fabrics and a metal bead. The metal bead acts as the common side of the 4-way switch and is covered in a layer of piezoresistive stretch fabric. Each of the directions is created by fusing […]

    Workshops

    From Swatches to Pockets


    16-20 November 2015 as part of the Interaction Design Masters at ECAL in Lausanne, Switzerland This workshop is only open to Ecal students. From Swatches to Pockets is an introductory electronic textile workshop that draws upon the E-Textile Swatch Exchange as a means of acquiring knowledge and skill, as well as a source of inspiration […]

    Sensors

    Neoprene Stroke Bracelet


    An experiment in how to apply and adapt the stroke sensor principal to be worn and operated on the body.

    Sensors

    Zebra Fabric Stroke Sensors


    Switch and Momentary

    Sensors

    Pin Stroke Gauntlet


    Using metal pins as conductive fur to construct a pokey stroke sensor.

    Sensors

    Spikey Stroke Sensors


    Experiments in creating spiky stroke sensors from pins….

    Workshops

    Electronics Surgery


    2 & 3 November 2015 as part of the Madtech course at the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen, The Netherlands This workshop is only open to Madtech students. Dissecting Parts and Sewing Them Back Together Electricity will gladly flow through all kinds of conductive materials in an endless variety of shapes and sizes. Yet we […]

    Sensors

    Position Sensing on the Body


    For the longest time (since 2008) I’ve wanted to build a full body suit that can track a point of contact on the surface without being disturbed by contortions of the body itself.

    Workshops

    E-Textile Pecha-Kucha at Schmiede


    This is not a workshop! On Friday September 11th from 18:30-21:00 we will organize an E-Textile Pecha-Kucha at Schmiede – please email us if you are interested in presenting your work.

    Workshops

    Wearable Studio Workshops at ARS


    September 3&4 2015, 13:00 – 15:00 As part of the A Wearable Studio Practice exhibit at the Ars Electronica festival, we will open our mobile electronics lab for up to 5 participants at a time.

    Example Projects

    ATtiny Drawdio Bracelet


    This bracelet is basically a wearable continuity meter that translates the electrical resistance between two fingers into sound.

    Power

    Battery Snap Pouches


    Leather pouches for various size batteries that extend the positive and negative power supply to male and female snap connectors. The punched holes for stitching the pouches together makes opening and closing the pouch to exchange the battery or debugging quicker and easier.

    Example Projects

    My Segments Display


    My new Trafopop jacket! A customized segment display made from a strip of 186 Neopixels. In code the strip can be separated into as many individual segments as possible – the design of this display makes use of 20 separate segments to display the entire roman alphabet. A microphone detects sound amplitude (volume) and is […]

    Sensors

    Simple Pressure Sensor Matrix – by machine


    Sewing or fusing the conductive traces directly onto the piezoresistive fabric.

    Sensors

    Simple Pressure Sensor Matrix – by hand


    Sewing or fusing the conductive traces directly onto the piezoresistive fabric.

    Sensors

    Adjustable Slider


    Using a strap adjuster to slide along two parallel resistive tracks, making contact between them and varying the amount of resistance between their ends.

    Sensors

    Resistive Sensors


    This post documents a series of experiments using Eeonyx coated fabrics (called Eeontex) to create various fabric sensors. Eeontex fabrics are electrically conductive and can be coated to produce different resistances. Applications for Eeontex fabrics include electrostatic dissipation (ESD), microwave/radar absorption, resistive and microwave heating, but they can also be used to do a variety […]

    Power

    Igne Oyasi Coin-Cell Holder


    I’m not sure if this is a good idea… more photos >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157645741017506

    Actuators

    electromagnetic velcro


    When you apply electricity to a coil, it becomes magnet and gets attracted to a magnet, and when you remove the electricity, it does not get attracted… Theoretically. My idea was to make a velcro like connector, of which close/open state can be controlled by electricity. I made 3 material experiments, stainless steel thread, copper […]

    Example Projects

    Corset Breathing Sensor


    This corset sensor was made for a performance of the Helix by Michela Pelusio It uses eeonyx stretch fabric as stretch sensor to detect the movement of one’s stomach when breathing in. On this corset, there are 3 strips to take different part of the stomach. This is due to the fit of the corset, […]

    Workshops

    Engineers for Social Impact workshop at Mumbai : e-Diwali


    I was lucky to be a part of Engineers for Social Impact workshop by NYUAD Engineering department this March. The scope of the workshop is to visit local communities and see how the skills of engineering could contribute to the community. Group of engineering students were assigned to different assignments, and I was a part […]

    Actuators

    Heating with Eeonyx Test


    Some samples from Eeonyx material are made for heating purposes. I made a quick test on using them with thermochromic ink. The materials I test are NW170-PI-20 and Twill PI 20. The electrical connection is made with KarlGrim thread with machine sewing on the side.

    Example Projects

    glovephone


    Glovephone is a fabric speaker on a big membrane with sleeve attached to it. To listen to sound, you need to stick your arm into the sleeve and let your palm close to your ear next to the speaker coils. This project is made during the E-Textile Pressure Cooker at STEIM in collaboration with Giacomo […]

    Sensors

    Sheath Bend Sensor


    A textile bend sensor constructed by sewing two parallel sheaths. Two separate pieces of conductive thread are housed inside these two sheaths, thus running in parallel without touching each other directly. Part of the sheath contains and extra layer of piezoresitive fabric. When this part of the sheath is pressured or bent, the electrical resistance […]

    Workshops

    Animating Textiles


    May 12th 2015, 3 hour workshop at the RCA Information Experience Design department in London, UK This workshop is only open to students of the university. A three-hour introductory workshop to materials, tools and techniques for actuating textiles. This brief workshop will start with an introductory overview to electronic-textiles, explaining materials such as conductive threads […]

    Workshops

    Soft Sensors for Soft Bodies II


    May 11th 2015, 6 hour workshop at Parsons in Paris, France This workshop is only open to students of Parsons Paris. A six-hour introductory workshop to the materials, tools and techniques for building resistive sensors from textiles. Making your own sensors enables you to customize interactions to the specifics of your project. Sensors made from […]

    Workshops

    Soft Sensors for Soft Bodies


    Saturday May 2nd 2015, 6 hour workshop during the 2015 NODE Festival in Frankfurt, Germany An introduction to building sensors that are soft, stretchy and fit to our fleshy human bodies to capture our movements, gestures and interactions with the world.

    Example Projects

    Sockpuppets


    The following sockpuppets are made as examples for the Soft Sensors for Soft Bodies workshop at the 2015 NODE Festival in Frankfurt, Germany. The plan is to hook up the sensors on these sockpuppets to the VVVV software via an arduino running Firmata. Then we can map the sensor data to puppeteer virtual puppets or […]

    Example Projects

    Frequency Finger Gloves


    Created during the E-Textile Pressure Cooker at STEIM in collaboration with Dieter Vandoren and Jonathan Reus. This pair of gloves has LEDs on one hand and photodiodes on the other. The LEDs on each finger can be pulsed (PWM) at different frequencies and the circuit on the photodiode glove translates the received light frequency directly […]

    Sensors

    Fleckerlteppich Pressure Sensor


    Using the technique of weaving strips of cut fabric in a plain weave to create colourful carpets, to make pressure sensors. Instead of sandwitching the piezoresistive material with the conductors ontop and onbottom of the pressure application direction, this design sandwitches the piezoresistive material (stretchy Eeonyx, velostat or Stainless steel Nm10/3 yarn) with the conductors […]

    Actuators

    Woven Speaker


    Yoghurt pots make great resonant bodies (especially Stichfestes Yoghurt:-). So weaving the speaker membrane from the rim of the pot seems like an obvious opportunity. This post documents how to puncture holes around the rim using a hot needle, thread a circular warp and then weave in and out around in a spiral alternating between […]

    Technique

    machine embroidering


    As a part of the Engineering for Social Impact workshop by NYUAD, I have visited embroidery workshop in Dharavi Mumbai. Here I’ve met an amazing embroidery machine that will be perfect for eTextile applications. This is an embroidery machine from Golden Wheel, model CS530 (I think, the label was faded out). It can do chain […]

    Sensors

    Wimper Switch


    Wimper in German translates to “Eyelash”. This contact switch is made from conducive thread stitched into neoprene to create “lashes” that hover over a band of silverized nylon stretch conductive fabric. Contact between a lash and the band closes the switch.

    Workshops

    Sounding Textiles


    April 6-8th 2015, 10-18:00 The Sounding Textiles workshop is hosted by STEIM and will be lead by Afroditi Psarra, and Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson of Kobakant. Fabrics are generally considered to be soundless. They don’t make much sound when we wear them, scrunch them up or sit on them. In fact in many cases, […]