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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
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    Fabric LED Strip

    This is a super simple fabric LED strip with 25 LEDs, LiPo battery power and an on/off switch.

    Materials and Parts:

    - non-synthetic base material such as cotton or silk (better for soldering on!)
    - solderable conductive thread from Karl-Grimm:
    >> https://www.etsy.com/listing/114198338/solderable-conductive-thread-thinner?ref=shop_home_active
    - Tiny SMD LEDs:
    >> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11249
    - LiPo battery:
    >> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10718
    - LiPo socket with switch:
    >> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10085
    - 10 Ohm resistor

    Instructions:

    - Using a sewing machine, sew two parallel lines of the solderable conductive thread to the fabric by zig-zaging over them with a regular (non-sythetic) thread.
    - Solder on the LEDs.
    - Cut the conductive thread on one of the leads and insert the 10 Ohm resistor.
    - Sew and solder the LilyPower module.
    - Plug the battery and turn on.
    - Use stuffing or padding with translucent gauze fabric to diffuse the light if desired.


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