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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
    Example Projects

    Aluminum Foil Tilt Sensor

    This example shows how to construct a “textile” flexible tilt sensor from extremely cheap and available materials. Substituting conductive fabric and a metal bead for aluminum foil.

    Fuse fusible interfacing to a piece of aluminum foil.

    Peel off paper backing.

    Trace circles and traces and cut them out. CAUTION: you must cut everything that needs to be connected from one piece. You can not simply overlap the aluminum foil to make an electrical connection because the fusible interfacing will act as an isolating barrier.

    Trace shape for base and cut out.

    Arrange layout and begin to fuse foil to base fabric. Interfacing should be in between foil and fabric. Iron on circles to font, fold trace to back and iron on back to the straight edge. As you iron you can slightly bend the trace in order to achieve curves.

    Crumple ball from a piece of aluminum foil that does not have the fusible adhered to it.

    Tie knot in conductive thread.

    Sew through foil ball.

    Stitch conductive thread to aluminum tab.

    Front and back images of finished aluminum foil tilt sensor.

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