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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
    Example Projects

    Solar T-Shirt

    Neck-stroking wearable for sunny days. The components for this solar driven circuit are integrated in this decorative t-shirt, exploring the possibilities of textile electronics and interaction with the sun.

    >> Solar Necklace T-Shirt Instructable
    >> more on www.KOBAKANT.at

    The circuit and this project were inspired by the Overheadbots. The complete circuit that harvests the energy from a 0,5V 100mA solar cell, storing it in capacitors and then releasing it to drive a motor, is split up into modules and integrated into a t-shirt.

    The circuit is referring to SUNEATER circuit. >>http://www.solarbotics.net/library/circuits/se_t1_fled.html

    The solar cell (which can also be replaced by a 3V button battery) is combined with two capacitors in a necklace that can be attached and detached from the t-shirt via poppers.

    The motor (a force-feedback motor taken from a Playstation controller) is situated on the shoulder, and is also connected via poppers. The force-feedback is removed and replaced with a feather that strokes the neck of the wearer every time it turns full circle.

    The remaining components are soldered together to a cluster (maintaining the correct circuit connections) and sewn to the t-shirt directly. Optionally this module could also be made removable or even encapsulated in resin, making the t-shirt fully machine washable.

    The final part of the circuit are the conductive traces that connect the components in the individual modules. These traces are made by fusing (iron-on) strips of stretchy conductive fabric directly to the t-shirt. The traces can finally be isolated using stretchy fabric glue. This keeps them from coming loose as well as stopping short circuits or otherwise unwanted connections caused by folding of the fabric.

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    1. […] there a demand for neck-stroking or for writing the next hit […]

    2. girish on February 10th, 2012

      ohhhhh faru………

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