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    Content by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson
    E-Textile Tailor Shop by KOBAKANT
    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

    Matrix: Kapton + Copper


    A simple pressure sensor matrix made from two Kapton film sheets with 7×7 copper tape traces and a piece of velostat or Eeonyx piezoresistive material in between.

    Connections

    Pivoting 3-Way Connection


    A snap connection not only makes for a robust e-textile electrical connector, it also make for a great pivot point. When you have a single electrical connection to make the snap can double as both electrical connection and pivot point. But what when you have more than one electrical connection?

    Footprints

    WS2812MINI EDGE-MOUNT FOOTPRINT


    For the Lulu

    Actuators

    Serpentine LED Strip


    Sick of LEDs shining directly in your eyes? We are too! This design has the LEDs mounted inside the curves of this serpentine strip so that the LED faces down towards the the fabric and what you see is the light reflected off the surface of the fabric.

    Workshops

    Soft Interactive Technology I


    Nov 29,30,Dec 4,9,2018 10:00- 17:00 elab Weissensee Art Academy Berlin. Assignment The next 2 days will be something like mini hackathon. It is time for you to explore what these textile sensors can do as interface and think about different types of interaction with digital technology. For this, we give ourselves a framework/story. Inspired by […]

    Conductive Materials

    Elastic Conductive Thread


    We very kindly received samples of this elastic conductive thread made with Statex conductive thread from Filix in France. We have not had time to use/test them for anything yet, but will post about it here as soon as we do. SC 4194 ECRU NF CC LY800 DC SS35µ+Cu40-PA2/78/68 Core : LYCRA 800 DTEX Cover […]

    Sensors

    Beaded Sway Sensor


    swing, sway, wave, trail, quiver, quake, judder, jiggle, jig, joggle, jog, jerk, waggle, wiggle, wriggle, wobble, shake, shiver, shudder, squirm, slant, lean, tip, slope, incline, dip, angle, twitch, totter, teeter, tremble, rock, roll, flutter, flap, vibrate, oscillate, convulse …work in progress… This beaded sway sensor was designed to capture the swinging, swaying, jerking, tilting movements […]

    Tools

    E-Textile Sensor Tester


    Build a simple circuit with an LED, a coin-cell battery pouch and interrupt the full circuit connection by inserting two crocodile clips. When the clips connect, the circuit is complete and the LED light will shine. When you mount a textile sensor between the clips, the LED brightness will depend on the resistance of the […]

    Sensors

    Button Switch


    A metal clothing button and a button hole that works as state switch. When it is fastened, the connection is made, and if you open the button, the connection gets broken. *This sensor is inspired by the Swatch exchange sample “Button Switch” by Ricardo O’Nascimento Step by Step Cut a hole on the fabric. Make […]

    Sensors

    Pressure Button


    See also Button Button >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=7328

    Sensors

    Button Buttons


    Surely a button Is self-explanatory And yet causes stress (haiku from Kate Fletcher’s Craft of Use, p20) This post covers a few different ways you can construct your own electrical “pushbutton” or embed a ready-made mechanical pushbutton (also known as momentary switch) into a textile button. What is nice about the mecanical mechanism is that […]

    Workshops

    Textile Sensor Indulgence


    October 24-26 2018, 17-20:30 (10h), at ČIPke in Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Tools

    DIY Mini Breadboard


    You can make your own mini-breadboards by cutting up a larger one. Flickr set >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/sets/72157672660416318 Peel back the stick and remove the metal from the rows you will cut: Cut: Replace the sticky: Five mini breadboard from one long one:

    Workshops

    School of Wicked Fabrics: TAILORING


    August 20-25 2018, KOBA in Berlin, Germany INTRODUCTION For the last 6 months KOBAKANT have been running KOBA, a tailorshop for electronic textiles and wearable technology in Berlin, Germany. The KOBA School of Wickedfabrics is intended as a time and place for us to formalize our tailoring process and share this experiance with you. This […]

    Workshops

    School of Wicked Fabrics: FOUNDATION /03


    “arduino is an open source computer hardware and software company, project, and user community that designs and manufactures single-board microcontrollers and microcontroller kits for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control objects in the physical and digital world.” (wikipedia>>) Arduino website >> https://www.arduino.cc/ in this workshop, we use Flora, which is […]

    Workshops

    School of Wicked Fabrics: FOUNDATION /02


    Textile Sensors One can make different types of sensors. Some sensors have two states, “on” or “off”, or another words, “contact” or “no contact” like on/off switches of a light. Other sensors have range of states, like a dimmer of a light. The two state kind of sensors are digital sensors, and the sensors that […]

    Workshops

    School of Wicked Fabrics: FOUNDATION /01


    August 6-11, 2018 at KOBA Explore the Material collect samples and make a page for your swatch book. Please check: How much resistance? What are the characteristics? (physical/ electrical) Does it change its conductivity? if so how, what is the changing range? Multimeter We can not see the electrons flowing. So we can not tell […]

    Workshops

    Soft Interactive Technology Course at KHB


    Time: May 16,18 2018 10:00- 17:00 (15:00 on 16th) Time: May 30, June 1 2018 10:00- 17:00 Location: eLab, Weissensee Art Academy Berlin This workshop is only open to KHB students This is a series of 4 workshops to learn how one can move textile surface with electricity. In the first workshop, participants will learn […]

    Actuators

    DIY Neopixel Lulu


    For the KOBA Prescilla commission we used this solution for making our own “Lulu” e-textile to LED to optic-fiber solution.

    Workshops

    KOBA School of WickedFabrics


    For the last 6 months KOBAKANT have been running KOBA, e-textile tailorshop in Berlin, Germany. During this time we’ve been refining our skills in some of the most basic techniques like making hard-soft connections and detachable parts. But we have also been confronted with learning bespoke tailoring skills in taking a customer’s ideas from concept […]

    Technique

    Modular Placement Prototyping Technique


    A modular system for prototyping the exact placement of sensors, to be able to use/try/test them before finalizing where they go! Nadja Kutz has been developing all kinds of ideas for making herself datagloves (and senor-wear) to allow her to interact with her computer in alternate (more healthy) ways. One nice quick&cheap solutions she has […]

    Example Projects

    Safetypin Dataglove


    A dataglove made from piezoresistive fabric with safetey pin connectors that can be pinned to different parts of the glove to capture stretch in different areas. Links: E-Textile Dataglove Overview: http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=6730 Dataglove Overview: http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=7114 Flickr set: https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157679861886694/ Using the snap diamond breakout board design >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=6703

    Connections

    Body to Breadboard Bracelet


    Inspired by this upcoming workshop during E-Textile Spring Break titled “Body to Body: RFID + PAN Workshop, where Ingo + Nicole will “…introduce a DIY implementation of these systems to pass data through bodies to other bodies”. To make the connection between the body and the breadboard, this bracelet has conductive fabric on the back/bottom […]

    Actuators

    Bumblebee Breakout


    This connector makes the connection between a piece of 1,5mm diameter sideglow fiber optic and an SMD Neopixel (controllable RGB LED). The four connections from the LED are broken out to rings on a tube which holds the LED on one end and holds the fiber optic from the other end. Thanks to Ben for […]

    Circuits and Code

    EMF amplifier


    EMF (Electro Magnetic Field) is all around us, but we do not see or hear them. By amplifying it with EMF amplifier, you can listen to them. Many artists work with EMF amplifiers in their artistic expressions. One can also use E-Textile techniques to make soft textile antennas and create wearable EMF listeners. In E-Textile […]

    Conductive Materials

    The Truth about Velostat!


    velostat is NOT a piezoresistive material!

    Connections

    Elastic Waistband with Motor Pouches


    In order to create our own version of a “Northbelt” built into the elastic of a jumpsuit waistband, we developed a technique for laying out the circuit’s traces along the length of the elastic, and then jumping inside to tight-fitting pouches that fit vibration motors mounted on 2x5cm boards. The traces from the circuit run […]

    Sensors

    Dataglove Flex Sensor Rig


    After tearing apart some classic and novel datagloves, I realized it would be so simple to layout and produce a version of these multiple flex sensor rigs using a vinylcutter, some Kapton film and tape, copper tape sheets and velostat – to make an extended version of this stickytape sensor design.

    Connections

    fabric button circuit


    When making eTextile circuit, the solder joint between hard component and conductive textile material tend to break as it get the most strain from flexing. To avoid this, the whole circuit can be placed on a fabric button so that it does not get bent. Here is the test LED embroidery circuit on a fabric […]

    Tools

    Prototyping with Snaps


    Based on the idea of this Common GND breadboard (electronic components) to snap (textile) connector, I wanted to think-through the work-flow of using such a breakout board that would allow me to prototype both circuit and wearable, with iterations and testing in between, without always re-designing how the two are connected.

    Technique

    Designing “Soft Circuits”


    Analyzing what it means to make a “soft circuit”, which today still means combining a mix of soft and hard components.

    Connections

    Making Connections


    As part of thinking about robustness and durability in our e-textile tailor shop, I’m revisiting some of the ways we’ve been making permanent and detachable connections between hard and soft components of e-textile circuits.

    Power

    12 Ways to hold your coin-cells


    A collection of different ways to store coin-cell batteries (CR2032). One picture per method, with links to further documentation where available.

    Conductive Materials

    Shopping List: Basic E-Textile Materials


    New manufacturers and distributors are always popping up and disappearing again. In this post we try to list some of our most used e-textile materials and where we purchase. Since we are based in Berlin/Germany we try to order as much as possible from local manufacturers and distributors/redistributors. We even started a list of super […]

    Example Projects

    Alpaca T-Shirt Hack


    E-Textiles + Jugend Hackt = Interactive Alpaca T-Shirt

    Connections

    Snap Breakouts


    Stereo audio jack socket: USB power: Upgrade: JST LiPo:

    Actuators

    Fiber Optic Poetry


    “ohne mich” (engl. “without me”) Interactive Fiber-Optic Poetry in Motion For the opening collection of our KOBA Maßschneiderei – an E-Textile Tailor Shop we are opening in Berlin very soon – we are prototyping the items in this collection. One of these is fiber-optic poetry, two words embroidered in fiber-optics cables, but overlaid so that […]

    Connections

    Beaded Multi-wire


    Using beads to insulate multiple conductive threads next to one another coming from an e-textile circuit, ending in male header pins.

    Traces

    Machine-sewn Neopixel Strip


    Sewing Karl-Grimm copper conductive thread as bottom bobbin thread in sewing machine and soldering cut up pieces from a Neopixel strip to these lines to have custom placement and spacing.

    Workshops

    Tailoring with Electronic Textiles


    14-17th November 2017 hosted jointly by Interface Cultures and Fashion and Technology departments at the Art University Linz, Austria * * * This workshop is only open to Art University Linz students. Students should only sign up for this course if they can commit to attending the full schedule (see bellow). * * * >> […]

    Workshops

    Fabricademy: Soft Circuits and Textiles Sensors


    Week 5 on the 21st of October 2017 as part of the Fabricademy As part of the Fabricademy we will teach one of the week sessions introducing electronics textiles as a field of making soft, flexible, wearable electronics. Students will learn techniques by copying swatches as well as producing their own unique designs. In this […]

    Tools

    ohmTranslator


    This credit-card size flex circuit translates the resistance between two probes into the resistor colour code. Conveniently the resistor colour code chart can be mounted just bellow the LEDs so that you don’t actually have to remember it for this tool to be useful. This version is a first prototype and with through-hole components not […]

    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


    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 […]

    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

    FT1 – 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. […]

    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”. Workshop […]

    Sensors

    Matrix: Anti-Static Foam


    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 […]