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  • Sensing with Textiles
  • A Kit-of-No-Parts at Weissensee
  • Action Hero Tailoring
  • Adopting Swatches
  • All your segments are belong to me
  • Arduino meets Wearables Workshop
  • Bend, sew, touch, feel, read
  • Bike+Light Workshop
  • Card Weaving Workshop
  • Chic bend and Sleek stretch
  • Chip-Man-Band Workshop
  • Tinkering with Textiles & Electronics
  • Crochet and Code
  • DEAF: Crafting the Future Workshop
  • Designing for the loop Workshop
  • DressCode Workshop Shambala
  • DressCode Workshop Berlin
  • E-Textile Meet-up
  • E-Textile Open Lab at CNMAT
  • E-Textile Tooling: ohmHook
  • Electric Embroidery Tuesday
  • Electric Embroidery Monday
  • Electronic Textiles Live
  • Electronics as Material at CIID
  • Electronics as Material II
  • Electronics Surgery Workshop
  • E-Textile Pecha-Kucha at Schmiede
  • Elektronik und Handwerk
  • Embroidered Speaker Workshop
  • Engineers for Social Impact workshop at Mumbai : e-Diwali
  • E-Textile Knitting Circle
  • eTextile Summer Camp 2013
  • eTextile Summer Camp 2014
  • eTextile Summer Camp 2016 Open Call
  • fabric meets electronics
  • From Swatches to Pockets
  • Game controller hack
  • Games Workshop II
  • Handcrafting a textile sensor from scratch
  • Handcrafting Textile Mice
  • Handcrafting Textile Sensors from Scratch
  • Handcrafting Textile Sensors in Vienna
  • Human Hacked Orchestra
  • Interactive Solar T-Shirt
  • Kinder Egg WishLab
  • Knitting, hacking, hanging, sound
  • LilyPad Arduino Programming
  • Sewing an electronic circuit
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  • PIFpack Workshop
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  • Smart Rituals
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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

    Workshops

    Soft Interactive Technology I 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 […]

    Workshops

    Your Wearable Studio Practice?


    Thursdays September 8th, 15th & 24th 2016, 6-9pm at Poligon Makerspace in Ljubljana/Slovenia As part of an artist-in-residency at Ljudmila, I will hold a series of open studio evenings in intended for anybody interested to come by and find out more about A Wearable Studio Practice. More specifically I will be working on “PIFpack” – […]

    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!

    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.

    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 […]

    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 Open Call


    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 […]

    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.

    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: LED Bracelet


    This example project demonstrates the use of 5 different tools and techniques commonly used and in a fabrication lab. Designed as an intro activity for the rotation of multiple smaller groups of students through different tool stations.

    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 Workshop


    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.

    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

    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 […]

    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, […]

    Workshops

    Electronics as Material II


    9-13 March 2015, taught by David Gauthier and Hannah Perner-Wilson at the Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design in Copenhagen, Denmark How might we imagine and build electronics differently, if instead of thinking about electronics in terms of discrete components, we learn to control the flow of electricity through different materials?

    Workshops

    The Sound of Nature


    Wednesday February 4th 2015, 4pm at the University in Antananarivo, Madagascar Together with Brian Fisher, a visit and short talk at the Ecole Polytechnique Vontovorona to meet the engineering students. Very brief introduction to the ant research happening at the Madagascar Biodiversity Center and some examples of electronic textile materials. We explained how both building […]

    Conductive Materials

    Stretchy Eeonyx for Sale!!!


    Plug and Wear is now retailing small quantities of Eeonyx stretch piezoresistive fabric!

    Power

    Plotted Flex AA Battery Holder


    For those times when you’re in need of a flexible 3 x AA battery holder…

    Connections

    Hard to Soft Snap Connection


    An example of how to make a metal snap connection between a hard (circuit board, speaker, component…) and a soft (fabric, thread….) element.

    Example Projects

    Grias Di Hut


    This example titled “Greeting Hat” shows how a record and playback module intended for greetings cards is made sewable and the various components are integrated into a red hat. When the round purple record button is pressed the module records up to 10 seconds of audio through the microphone. And when the hat is tiled […]

    Traces

    Plotted Flex PCB


    Using a Silhouette Cameo Plotter to cut a flexible circuitboard from various materials. The circuit base material is Kapton, a material that can withstand the high heat of soldering. The conductive circuit traces are cut from a sheet of copper tape and transferred manually onto the Kapton base. Finally a soldermask is cut from very […]

    Workshops

    All your segments are belong to me


    Saturday October 11th 2014, 9:30-17:00 as part of the Wear It Festival in Berlin, Germany In this workshop we will build our own segment displays and attach them to our bodies, turning ourselves into platforms for personal signage. What text would you like to display on yourself?

    Workshops

    Technical Intimacy Workshop


    October 6th & 7th 2014, 10-17:00 as part of the SOFT Symposium on Fashion Technology at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague Bodies as Instruments: Masterclass and Symposium at KABK Workshop Leaders: Marije Baalman, Mika Satomi & Hannah Perner-Wilson (KOBAKANT) In this two-day workshop participants will explore the human body as a platform […]

    Workshops

    Electronic Textiles Live


    11-21 September 2014, as part of the Schmiede festival in Hallein near Salzburg, Austria The aim of this 10-day joint project is to bring together e-textile practitioners with performing artists to build interactive wearables and textiles that can be performed in a live context. The project will take place as part of the Schmiede festival […]

    Example Projects

    Jenny’s Playlist Costume


    Currently I am making costumes for the music duo “Jenny’s Playlist”. Their wish was to have costume that lights up as they perform. Yes, it is a blinky LED costume! After a long meeting with them to decide what kind of aesthetic it should be, and how it should be light up, we decided to […]

    Actuators

    SMA Smocking


    This example of shape memory alloy (SMA) used to actuate fabric into a smocking pattern was made during the SMA meets Smocking Workshop held by Aniela Hoitink and Isabel Cabral at the 2014 E-Textile Summercamp.

    Actuators

    Igne Oyasi Motor


    This simple motor uses a diode for it’s axis, enameled wire wrapped into a small coil for the electromagnet and Turkish needle lace (Igne Oyasi) for both structure and support. The diode provides an electrically separated axis, around which the coil can both spin and receive it’s power. The electrical properties of the diode mean […]

    Traces

    Screen-printed Copper Paint on Fabric


    Conductive copper paint from LessEMF mixed with lubricant and screen-printed on to fabric. This print was made during the Screen-Printing Circuits Workshop held at the 2014 E-Textile Summercamp.

    Conductive Materials

    Zebra Zebra Fabric (X-Zebra, Y-Eeonyx)


    Inspired by the availability of Zebra fabric and the fact that Eeonyx can coat a variety of materials in their secret resistive/piezoresistive formula, this post is about an idea for a fabric, that will hopefully “come true”.

    Power

    Clothspin Battery Holder


    Inspired by the paper solution of folding the corner of a sheet of paper and using a binder clip to hold a coin-cell battery in place, this solution is inspired by Melissa Coleman’s suggestion that a clothspin would be more suitable to fabric…

    Sensors

    Light Touch Pressure Sensor


    To make custom fabric pressure sensors that react to even the lightest touch. Ideally less than 10g of force.

    Actuators

    Motor on a String


    A very basic motor (single electromagnet coil) strung on a string. Pulling the string taught creates the axis for the motor. Contacts from either end of the electromagnet coil terminate in exposed metal rings that surround the interrupted conductive thread that is both axis for rotation and electrical contact. Connected to a 9V battery and […]

    Conductive Materials

    Conductive/Piezoresistive Leather!


    Leather coated Adjon with Eeonyx’s secret conductive polymer formula, not only makes the leather conductive but also gives it piezoresistive (pressure and stretch sensitive) properties similar to other EeonTex fabrics and velostat.

    Workshops

    eTextile Summer Camp 2014


    The eTextiles Summer Camp (eTextile-summercamp.org) is a week-long event that brings together expert practitioners of eTextiles and Soft Circuitry in one place to share their knowledge and skills through hands-on workshops, and facilitate discussions around their practices. We are looking for makers, designers, engineers and artists, who work in the field of eTextiles and soft […]

    Conductive Materials

    Multi-Conductor Fabrics


    This post summarizes various conductive fabrics and narrow-fabrics that have separated areas of conductivity. This can be a useful property to have when looking to make multi-wire connections or matrices.

    Workshops

    A Kit-of-No-Parts at Weissensee


    19-21 May 2014 in the course 101 (one-o-one) at the Kunsthochschule Weissensee in Berlin, Germany

    Sensors

    Balloon Sensor


    Sewn from pieces of non-conductive stretch jersey and Eeontex piezoresistive knit stretch fabric. The fabric of this ball with a balloon inside stretches when the balloon is inflated and the Eeontex fabric becomes less conductive the more it is stretched. Two contacts sewn with conductive thread on either side of one of the Eeontex segments […]

    Workshops

    Chip-Man-Band Workshop


    May 15, 16 2014 at F-A-S-T in Dresden, Germany In this two-day workshop participants will build and perform Chip-Man-Band Costumes – combining wearable electronics with chiptune music and the idea of one-man-band instruments!

    Workshops

    Electronics as Material at CIID


    5-9 May 2014, taught by David Gauthier, David Mellis and Hannah Perner-Wilson at the Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design in Copenhagen, Denmark In this introductory course, electronics are presented as materials. How might we imagine and build electronics differently, if instead of thinking about electronics in terms of discrete components, we learn to control the […]

    Tools

    Resistance Visualization Tool


    Tool you can make for visualizing the resistance of materials and sensors.

    Sensors

    Danish Krown Slide-Switch


    Two danish 1 Krone coins strung on conductive thread. When the coins meet the electrical contact between the threads is bridged, thus closing the “switch”. There are so many different kinds of materials in the world! Conductive, resistive, pizeoresistive, semi-conductive, non-conductive. We use them every day, in all kinds of different ways. Why not use […]

    Workshops

    Meet the Materials Workshop


    Friday March 28th 14-19:00 at Iskele47 in Kadiköy, Istanbul Super quick intro workshop to electronic textile materials and craft techniques for making fabric sensors and soft circuits. Materials: Copper conductive thread (KarlGrimm) Silverized Conductive Thread (Statex) Silverized Conductive Thread (Elitex) Copper conductive fabric Stretchy Silver Conductive fabric conductive yarn Conductive wool

    Workshops

    WishLab II Workshop


    22, 23 February & 1, 2 March 2014, part of the Making Lab at APAP in Anyang, Seoul/South Korea

    Example Projects

    DressCode Vest


    Example of the DressCode circuit embedded in a fancy vest.

    Example Projects

    DressCode Necklace


    A gift for a friend from KOBAKANT. Made using the DressCode circuit.

    Example Projects

    DressCode Dress Shirt


    DressCode is a sound reactive circuit based on PIC, developed by Seb Madgwick, Vincent Akkermans, Sophie McDonald and KOBAKANT. It has 3 output pins that gets activated as the environmental sound changes. It has auto gain feature so it adjust to the general sound amount of the environment. (for example, if you go to a […]

    Example Projects

    ATTINY POV


    Inspired by this Instructable (http://www.instructables.com/id/LilyPad-Wrist-Band-POV/), I have tried to make a POV (Persistence Of Vision) with ATTINY, so it can be cheap and tiny. Materials used: – 8 SMD LED – ATTINY45 – 8 pin socket (not necessary) – KarlGrimm conductive thread – Lipo battery My idea is to use ATTINY45 (or 85) instead of […]

    Non-Conductive Materials

    Flex PCB and Solder Mask Supplies


    Solder masks are layers of mataerial applied to circuitboards before soldering. The protect the conductive traces against oxidization and shorting out, but also help control the flow of solder when soldering the parts to the board. Solder masks are commonly silk-screened on to the etched circuit as a thin layer of coloured epoxy. Solder masks […]

    Traces

    Laser- and Vinylcut Solder Masks


    Make your own solder mask! Links: Fusible interfacing >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=1611 Solder mask supplies >> Vinycut fabric circuits >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=1132

    Wireless

    Embroidered LilyBLE Module


    The LilyBLE was designed by Katharina Bredies as combines the a sewable arduino platform for programming microcontrollers with the new Bluetooth standard 4.0 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). In addition to the LilyBLE module there is also a visual programming environment for the iPad that allows you to connect various sensors and actuators to the i/o […]

    Example Projects

    Interactive KnitBook


    The Interactive Knit Book demonstrates examples of knited electronic elements such as switches, sensors, speakers, and heaters that cause colour change. This book was compiled as the result of the EIT ICT Connected Textiles research done at the Design Research Lab at the UdK Berlin.