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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

    Crochet/Knit Squeeze Sensors

    This squeeze sensor can be made by knitting or crocheting a ball including resistive yarn. The ball can then be stuffed with different materials to achieve different kinds of squishiness. The ball can also be hand or machine felted, giving the surface a more uniform appearance.


    This example was crochet from regular pink yarn and stuffed with a spool-knit tube of Nm3/10 conductive yarn. Either end of the spool knit conductive yarn protrudes out from the crochet ball at opposite ends.

    How to crochet a ball >> http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-crochet-a-ball-or-a-hackey-sack/?ALLSTEPS
    How to felt a knitted piece in the washing machine >> http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-felt-a-knitted-piece/
    How to felt scraps with dish washing soap in the sink >> http://www.instructables.com/id/Felt-Balls-from-Scrap-Yarn/


    In the following versions of the above, the non-conductive ball is knit on a circular knitting machine, rather than crochet.

    In this version a non conductive circular knit tube is stuffed with a spool-knit tube of Nm3/10 conductive and regular non-conductive yarn.

    In this version the Nm3/10 conductive yarn is knit on a circular knitting machine alongside a regular white yarn. the tube is then stuffed with non-conductive stuffing and pulled tight at either end.

    Felted Pompom

    The felted pompom pressure sensor could also be called a squeeze sensor:
    >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2395

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    1. Plusea on February 23rd, 2012

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