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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
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    Igne Oyasi Motor

    This simple motor uses a diode for it’s axis, enameled wire wrapped into a small coil for the electromagnet and Turkish needle lace (Igne Oyasi) for both structure and support. The diode provides an electrically separated axis, around which the coil can both spin and receive it’s power. The electrical properties of the diode mean that when powered the wrong away around (and not above it’s backwards current rating) it represents a single axis with two conductive leads coming of either side. The leads are physically connected through the diode, but are NOT electrically connected! The ends of the enameled wire that has been wrapped into a small tight coil are stripped (uninsulated) and curled and soldered into little rings that become both the electrical contact leads for the electromagnetic coil, as well as the joints between the coil and the diode axis.
    This motor was made during the 2014 E-Textile Summercamp.

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