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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
    Workshops

    fabric meets electronics


    Location: The Swedish School of Textile
    Date: March 22-26th 2010

    In this five days workshop, we aim to experiment with the mapping of the body movements and technological audio/visual feedbacks.
    The workshop start with introduction to arduino, and basic electronics circuit knowledge. We will also explore with Farmata library for Arduino to exchange data with software on your computer.
    Two full days of individual project development is planned after the introduction. In this time, the participants are asked to explore the wearables outside the context of everyday wearability, positioning them as costumes and theatrical tools for expression. Through this hands on experience, we aim to get familiarized with the characteristics of fabric sensors and soft circuitry as well as use of Arduino and lilypad.

    For 3rd and 4th day, it is also possible to bring your own on-going project and develop it during the workshop, instead of working with the theme project. If you plan to do so, please prepare the small presentation to introduce your idea to the group on the 3rd day morning.

    Schedule
    Day1 (22nd) 13:00-16:30
    -introduction to the workshop schedule and 3rd and 4th day arrangement
    -Introduction to “HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT”
    -introduction to fabric sensors (on/off, bend, tilt, stretch, stroke, potentiometer)
    -make bend sensor, fabric button
    -Introduction to Arduino

    Day2 (23nd) 09.00-16.30
    -Introduction to Arduino (connection to computers) 9.00-12.00
    -Design Seminar: presentation of KOBAKANT projects 13.00-15.00

    Day3 (24nd) 09.00-16.30
    -Introduction to the workshop project theme (movements, placement, wearability, interaction scenario design)
    -design sketch and planning
    -presentation to the group
    -project development

    Day4 (25nd) 09.00-16.30
    -project development

    Day5 (26nd) 09.00-12-00
    presentation of participant’s work/exhibition, discussion

    NOTE
    Day 1
    Sensor Construction:
    >>Fabric Bend Sensor instruction
    >>Fabric Bend Sensor stencil
    >>Fabric Button instruction
    >>Fabric Button stencil

    Arduino Example:
    -Blink
    -Button
    -AnalogInput
    -Fading

    Tip:
    pull-up resistor
    >>pull-up resistor post
    >>http://www.madsciencenotebook.com/node/4

    Day 2
    Arduino/Lilypad Firmata library
    (A library that implements the Firmata protocol for communicating with software on the host computer. This way, you do not have to make your own protocol.)
    http://www.arduino.cc/en/Reference/Firmata
    http://firmata.org/

    Processing Arudino Library
    (A library for processing that lets your sketch communicate with arduino via serial port. It will automatically understand Firmata protocol.)
    http://www.arduino.cc/playground/Interfacing/Processing

    Day3 and 4
    Processing Sketch:
    >>simple_visualizer
    >>visualizer

    Download
    Arduino>>http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
    Processing>>http://processing.org/download/index.html

    pictures on flickr



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