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    Content by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson
    The following institutions have funded our research and supported our work:

    From 2013-2014 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

    Openwear Finger Bend Sensor

    This project uses the Openwear open design for gLove Mono by Zoe Romano and integrates a felt & velostat bend sensor on the middle finger. A lilypad arduino is programmed to read the analog sensor value of the fabric bend sensor, and trigger 1, 2 or 3 LED lights to light up depending on how much the finger is bent. This example project was made for the codemotion workshop titled Arduino meets Wearables.

    Video:

    Making-of:
    Print, cut-out and trace pattern to felt:

    Use knife to cut slits for elastic:

    Measure length of elastic around your finger and sew together:

    Add snaps to wrist band:

    Sew analog input connection of bend sensor to bottom felt fabric:

    Sew common GND (ground, negative, minus, -) connection starting with furthest away LED, then sew GND of sensor, then add last two LEDs:

    And connect to GND pin of LilyPad. Tie knots at back:

    Sew first LED light to digital pin 6, sew other two lights to pins 9 and 10:

    Your top felt layer should look something like this:

    When layed together your sensor should look something like this. Insert Velostat between contacts. Close sensor by stitching around edges:

    Sew analog sensor pin connection to LilyPad pin A2:

    Connect to computer via USB and FTDI board to program:

    Here is the code >> https://github.com/plusea/CODE/tree/master/WORKSHOP%20CODE/ARDUINOmeetsWEARABLES/fingerBendExample
    Open code in Arduino and upload to board. Look at analog sensor values in serial monitor and adjust threshold values for triggering LEDs to come on and off.

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