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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

    Light Touch Pressure Sensor

    To make custom fabric pressure sensors that react to even the lightest touch. Ideally less than 10g of force.


    Testing Eeonyx piezoresitive fabrics for most sensitive ones.
    Relaxed (0g)
    Resting pressure (1 Euro = 7.5g)
    Light pressure (1+2 Euro = 7.5g + 8.5g = 16g)

    Testing with my own finger pressure, resting and pressing very hard.
    Relaxed: 3.7K Ohm
    Resting pressure: 1.9K Ohm
    Hard pressure: 0.38K Ohm




    Tracing and Cutting


    iron-on glue to fuse copper fabric to neoprene.



    Fusing triangle of silk fabric over solder joint for strain-relief and insulation.


    Sewing Tube

    A fabric tube for protecting and beautifying wires.

    Sewing Together

    Sewing layers together with sewing machine.


    7 Comments so far

    1. Melanie on October 8th, 2014

      I am looking to design a basic pressure sensor to monitor a rat’s breathing. Could you possibly send me some of the specs on the set up you used (especially in the last couple images for connection and transmission of the signal to the computer)?

    2. Edgar Aguilar on November 15th, 2014

      What kind of cooper fabric this is. Does it have a name? I leave in USA. Do you know where I might be able to find it?

      Does this work to make a bit larger sensors? Let say about 8 inches x 8 inches?



    3. Lupe Carrillo on December 8th, 2014

      I’m trying to make a Light Touch Pressure Sensor as shown here. I need to make a sensor 10″ in length by 2″ in width (looking to make it as thin as possible). I’d like to make three different sensors with different degrees of sensitivity. What I’m planning on doing is having a small LED light turn on as the pressure is put on the pressure sensor. I’m going to connect it to a small coin battery. Is it possible to send me information on what to use and how to go about creating this project. I would greatly appreciate it.

      Thank you,


    4. ajoy kumar sinha on February 28th, 2015

      I want to purchase LIGHT TOUCH PRESSURE SENSOR. please help me

    5. Fabiola on March 8th, 2015

      What is the brown material used in the layering step?

    6. Zavere on March 21st, 2015

      What program is being used to create the visually displayed graph for this project?

    7. Plusea on April 19th, 2015

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