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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:

    Since 2020, Hannah is guest professor of the Spiel&&Objekt Master's program at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin

    From 2013-2015 Mika was 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

    Electronics as Material I

    5-9 May 2014, taught by David Gauthier, David Mellis and Hannah Perner-Wilson at the Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design in Copenhagen, Denmark

    In this introductory course, electronics are presented as materials. How might we imagine and build electronics differently, if instead of thinking about electronics in terms of discrete components, we learn to control the flow of electricity through different materials?

    Students will hack open an existing electronic device and modify it by replacing parts with things they can make themselves. Understanding how things work through learning by doing. Conductive materials such as copper tape, carbon paint, pencil graphite and metalized fabrics will be used to cut, fold, paint and sew functioning electronics. Pre-programmed ATtiny microcontrollers will be introduced for circuits with more complex behaviors such as resistive sensing to control LED lights, capacitive sensing to make sound, and the use of Transistors/MOSFETS to amplify/decouple power sources in order to heat thermochromic paints.

    Day 1: Hacking open a toy piano and making paper speakers

    Day 2: Paper circuits and microcontrollers

    Analog/resistive sensing –> LED light behavours:
    code >> https://github.com/plusea/CODE/tree/master/WORKSHOP%20CODE/CIID

    Paper version of above circuit:

    Paper sensors with carbon paint and copper tape:

    Paper circuit with ATtiny microcontroller, copper tape and SMD LEDs:

    Analog/resistive sensing –> sound:
    code >> https://github.com/plusea/CODE/tree/master/WORKSHOP%20CODE/CIID

    LED light tester:

    Day 3: Soft circuits and textile sensors

    How To Get What You Want >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY

    Tester circuit:

    Danish Krown slide switch:

    Day 4: Capacitive sensing, Transistors / Mosfets and thermochromic pigment

    Capacitive sensing –> sound:
    code >> https://github.com/plusea/CODE/tree/master/WORKSHOP%20CODE/CIID

    Capacitive sensing –> MOSFET –> thermochromic heating:
    code >> https://github.com/plusea/CODE/tree/master/WORKSHOP%20CODE/CIID

    Materials and Tools


    Conductive Materials
    Karl-Grimm copper conductive thread (solderable)
    Silver plated nylon thread by Statex (not solderable) 235/34 dtex High Conductive
    Stainless steel thread by Bekaert (not solderable, good for heating) sold by Sparkfun
    Silver plated lycra (knit stretch conductive fabric) by Statex, sold by LessEMF
    Silver plated rip-stop fabric (woven conductive fabric) by Statex, sold by LessEMF

    Resistive Materials
    Velostat by 3M (resistance across distance, piezoresistive effect) sold by LessEMF
    Stainless steel yarn (short stainless steel fibers spun with polyester) Nm10/3 sold by Plug and Wear
    Bare Conductive carbon paint (for painting sensors and heating elements) sold by Sparkfun

    Non-Conductive Materials
    Neoprene (vulcanized rubber with fabric fused to either side) by Sedochemicals
    Heatn Bond fusible interfacing (iron-on heat glue for sticking fabrics together)
    Woven fabrics (tend not to be stretchy)
    Knit fabrics (tend to be stretchy)
    Thermochromic pigment (becomes transparent when heated)


    Circular knitting machines
    Spool knitters


    Materials and Tools:
    Sparkfun >> https://www.sparkfun.com/
    Farnell >>
    RS >>
    LessEMF >> http://lessemf.com/

    High-Low Tech >> http://hlt.media.mit.edu/
    How To Get What You Want >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY
    Jie Qi’s work >> http://web.media.mit.edu/~jieqi/
    Open Materials >> http://openmaterials.org/
    Fashioning Tech >> http://fashioningtech.com/
    Talk2MyShirt >> http://www.talk2myshirt.com/blog/

    Code >> https://github.com/plusea/CODE/tree/master/WORKSHOP%20CODE/CIID
    Hannah’s photos >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/sets/72157644080031690

    Photos of the course

    Flickr set >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/sets/72157644080031690

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