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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
    Sensors

    Zipper Switch

    A Zipper is a great clothing material that can be converted into sensors. Zipper switch is a known technique used in many projects like TV-B-Gone-Hoodie by Becky Stern. It is also introduced in “Fashioning Technology” book by Syuzi Pakhchyan.
    There is a great tutorial from ITP here >> http://itp.nyu.edu/physcomp/sensors/Reports/ZipperSensor

    Anyhow, I had to make one of my own. so I did it. And yes, it works very good and it is relatively easy to make. I have fused stretchy conductive fabric next to the zipper line on both side of the zipper. The zipper used here is not metallic except the zipper head, therefor the zipper head has to touch the fused conductive fabric directly. I have sandpapered the zipper head to remove the paint so that the metal inside touches the conductive fabric directly. As you move the zipper head, it makes an electronic connection between the conductive fabric through the zipper head. The switch is “ON” while the zipper head is on the fabric, and it is “OFF” as it goes out of the fabric.





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