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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

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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.

    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 […]

    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.

    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 […]

    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.

    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 […]

    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 […]

    Fabric LED Strip


    This is a super simple fabric LED strip with 25 LEDs, LiPo battery power and an on/off switch.

    Knit Speakers


    Inspired by the work of Karla and Piem at V2, this speaker is knit from Elektrisola – a thin enameled copper wire. Video: Links: Inspired by Betaknit >> http://v2.nl/lab/projects/betaknit-research

    Magnetic Fur


    Using Bekinox steel yarn and a neodymium magnet.

    Fabric Speakers


    Inspired by Marcelo Coehlo’s paper speaker and Vincent Leclerc’s Accouphene textile speaker, these paper and fabric speakers are made by running 5-9V sound amplified signal through a very conductive coil in close proximity to a magnet. Unlike most speakers that have the wire coil wrapped cylindrically and placed around the magnet, here the coil is […]

    Moving Fabric Petals


    Using nitinol wire (shape memory alloy) to make petal-shaped pieces of paper and fabric bend, fold, twitch and move.

    Sewable Surface Mount LEDs


    If you want to include LED lights in your projects, one of the classic options used to be to wind the legs of a through-hole LED around the tip of a pair of needle-nose pliers, making rings that could then be sewn. Another option introduced by Leah Buechley, was to solder tiny metal crimp beads […]

    Nitinol/Shape Memory Alloy


    Nitinol = nickel titanium Shape Memory Alloy = SMA also known as: smart metal, memory metal, memory alloy, muscle wire, smart alloy This alloy generally comes in the form of thin wires that can be baked in a certain shape at a certain temperature that it will then “remember”, and return to when current is […]

    Crochet LED Throwie


    LED throwie is a great project from Graffiti Research Lab. So, as a contribute to their project, I made a “Granny Throwie”, LED throwie made with crochet.

    LED Solutions


    Used in Wearable Waste of Energy, Tilt Sensing Bracelet (feedback bracelet)…

    Speaker Solutions


    Used in: Wearable Waste of Energy, Piano T-Shirt, Wearable Toy Piano

    Neoprene Motor Pouch


    Used in solar t-shirt workshop.