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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

    All your segments are belong to me

    Saturday October 11th 2014, 9:30-17:00 as part of the Wear It Festival in Berlin, Germany

    In this workshop we will build our own segment displays and attach them to our bodies, turning ourselves into platforms for personal signage. What text would you like to display on yourself?

    Segment Displays are made to display alpha-numeric characters, such as the 7-segment display which can depict the numbers 0-9, and the 14- and 16-segment displays which can also show all letters of the alphabet. When designing our own segment displays we do not need to stick to the shapes and arrangements of the industry. Individual segments can be any shape, size and colour we want. We can create and design new segmented fonts for displaying text on our own segment displays.

    In order to build our own wearable segment displays we’ll use an ATtiny microcontroller and the Charlieplexing (n*(n-1)) technique to control up to 20 individual LED lights from it’s 5 i/o (in, out) pins. We will make a little breakout board for the ATtiny microcontroller so that we can sew the LED connections into fabric and then solder the surface mount (SMD) LEDs directly to the conductive thread.

    This workshop covers a variety of skills including: reading datasheets, understanding charlieplexing, soldering, sewing, programming, designing and building wearable technology.

    This workshop was inspired by the DressCode Workshop approach of celebrating LEDs, rather than shunning them as kitsch or light pollution, and by Trafopop‘s work in making wearable LED displays for animated
    graphic designs.

    Workshop Details:

    Date & Time: Saturday October 11th 2014, 9:30-17:00
    Location: Betahaus, Berlin
    Participants: 10 max.
    Cost: 60 Euro
    Sign up for this workshop here!


    Workshop Documentation


    Download PDF of handout >> www.plusea.at/downloads/print/AllMySegment-handout.pdf
    Photos >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/sets/72157648348822379/
    Code >> https://github.com/plusea/CODE/tree/master/WORKSHOP%20CODE/All%20my%20segments%20are%20belong%20to%20you/a_tiny14Segments
    Charlieplexing >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlieplexing
    ATtiny programming using an Arduino >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=3742
    ATtiny 7-segment display (another example) >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=3800

    Examples of industry 7-, 14- and 16-segment displays:

    Workshop Handout

    Download PDF of handout >> www.plusea.at/downloads/print/AllMySegment-handout.pdf


    Charlieplexing >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlieplexing
    This is the circuit schematic that shows how all the LEDs are connected to the microcontroller pins.

    Charlieplexing Chart

    Based on the 5 pins of the microcontrolelr that we use this chart maps all their possible combinations to segment numbers.

    Colour-coded ATtiny pins and Breakout Circuitboard

    Charlieplexed Segments

    The Alphabet in Segments

    Custom Flex PCB

    Plotted Flex PCB >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=5371

    Make sure you place the ATtiny into the socket on the flexible circuitboard the right away around. The + pin of the chip should line up with + pin of the socket. The following illustrations show the various layers that the flexible circuitboard is made up of.

    Front and back of custom flex PCB made for workshop:


    Code >> https://github.com/plusea/CODE/tree/master/WORKSHOP%20CODE/All%20my%20segments%20are%20belong%20to%20you/a_tiny14Segments

    case #: //case # = segment #
    // set the pins NOT connected to the LED in the segment to INPUTS:
    pinMode(2, INPUT);
    pinMode(3, INPUT);
    pinMode(4, INPUT);
    // set the pins connected to the LED in the segment to OUTPUTS:
    pinMode(0, OUTPUT);
    pinMode(1, OUTPUT);
    // set the pin connected to the LED’s GND pin to LOW:
    digitalWrite(0, LOW);
    // set the pin connected to the LED’s (+) pin to HIGH:
    digitalWrite(1, HIGH);

    Neoprene 3 x AAA Battery Pouch

    Instructions for similar pouch >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=52

    Materials and Tools

    – ATtiny microcontroller:
    >> http://www.segor.de/#Q%3DATtiny85-20PU%26M%3D1
    >> http://www.conrad.com/ce/en/product/154219/Atmel-ATTINY45-20PU-Microcontroller-256Byte-DIL-8?queryFromSuggest=true

    – 8-pin chip socket:
    >> http://www.conrad.com/ce/en/product/189502/8-Pin-IC-Socket-762mm-Pitch/?ref=detview1&rt=detview1&rb=2

    – Custom flexible PCB:
    >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=5371

    – Wire

    – Conductive thread (Karl-Grimm):
    >> http://karl-grimm.com/
    >> https://www.etsy.com/listing/114198338/solderable-conductive-thread-thinner?ref=shop_home_feat_4

    – Red 1206 SMD LEDs (3.2 mm × 1.6 mm):
    >> http://www.highlight-led.de/bauelemente/leuchtdioden/smd_leds/smd_1206/10x_smd_led_1206_rot_klar_typ_wtn-1206-100r_i1102_3787_0.htm
    datasheet >> http://www.media.highlight-led.de/products/documents/pdf/26006020.pdf

    – 3 x AAA batteries

    – 3 x AAA holder:
    >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=52

    For battery pouch:
    – Neoprene
    – Conductive fabric
    – Fusible interfacing (iron-on glue9
    – Metal snaps

    USBtinyISP programmer for ATtiny
    – Soldering irons
    – Scissors
    – Paper, pencils, coloured pencils, erasers
    (- Sewing machines)


    Dominic Wilcox’s Personal Subtitles:

    >> http://variationsonnormal.com/2009/08/19/personal-subtitles/

    Jenny Holzer’s Word Art:

    >> http://projects.jennyholzer.com/

    7-Segment RGB-LED:

    >> http://www.jave.de/blog2/?p=7

    7-Segment Display Matrix Visualizes More Than Numbers:

    >> http://hackaday.com/2013/11/21/7-segment-display-matrix-visualizes-more-than-numbers/


    7-segment displays:
    >> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11406
    datasheet >> http://dlnmh9ip6v2uc.cloudfront.net/datasheets/Components/LED/1LEDYELCC.pdf

    single 16-segment displays:
    >> http://de.rs-online.com/web/p/led-displays/7192478/
    >> http://www.segor.de/#Q%3D16Seg57GKsrt%26M%3D1
    datasheet PSC 23-11 EWA >> http://www.digchip.com/datasheets/parts/datasheet/250/PSC23-11EWA-pdf.php
    >> http://www.segor.de/#Q%3D16Seg13GKrt%26M%3D1
    datasheet LTP 537 HR >> http://www.datasheetarchive.com/LTP537HR-datasheet.html

    double 16-segment display:
    datasheet >> http://img1.cdn.tradevv.com/Y201201M1186283T1G1340786/NFD-5421ABx-21.pdf
    >> http://www.led-display-manufacturers.com/Dual+Digits+Alphanumeric+Display/

    dot-matrix displays:
    >> http://www.segor.de/#Q%3DELM-2881SURWA%25252FS530-A2%26M%3D1

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