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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
    Workshops

    Soft Sensors for Soft Bodies

    Saturday May 2nd 2015, 6 hour workshop during the 2015 NODE Festival in Frankfurt, Germany

    An introduction to building sensors that are soft, stretchy and fit to our fleshy human bodies to capture our movements, gestures and interactions with the world.

    We can interact with computers through keyboards, mice and trackpads… but these devices limit our interactions to our hands and finger movements. What if we could use our whole body to interact with and control software such as vvvv?

    Cameras and microphones are already common input devices that people use to interact with more of their body, in this workshop we look at placing sensors directly on the body to capture it’s soft and fleshy movements. Instead of using off-the-shelf sensors we will build our own textile sensors from a range of electrically conductive, resistive and piezoresistive materials. Participants will learn how to sew, knit and crochet their own textile sensors that can detect interactions such as push, pull, stretch, stroke, bend, tilt, pinch, punch and squeeze…

    Building electronics from materials, rather than plugging ready-made sensors into your project, allows you to tailor interactivity to the body. Our bodies are soft, not hard, and soft sensors offer an interesting range of possibilities for on-body, inter-body and body-world interactions.

    We will use the Arduino platform to read the values of these sensors into our digital devices, and show briefly how to connect them with the vvvv environment through the Firmata library.

    This workshop is only open to NODE festival ticket holders, if you are interested participating in this workshop, please see the NODE Festival website for details: http://node15.vvvv.org/program/workshop/soft-sensors-soft-bodies

    Downloads

    >> Mika’s MAX Patch “I’m a little bit drunk, cause I’m drinking, drinking drinking….”
    >> vvvv patch on GitHub

    More photos on Flickr

    Hannah’s

    NODE’s

    Workshop Details

    Date: Saturday May 2nd 2015
    Location: Frankfurt
    Duration: 6h
    Participants: max. 20
    Prior knowledge: basic understanding of the arduino platform is helpful, but not necessairy
    Materials fee: 5-10 euro per participant (included in festival/workshop fee)
    Sign-up for workshop: http://node15.vvvv.org/program/workshop/soft-sensors-soft-bodies

    Workshop Examples

    Sockpuppets >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=5539

    Workshop Leaders

    Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson have been collaborating since 2006, and in 2008 formed the collective KOBAKANT. Together, through their work, they explore the use of textile crafts and electronics as a medium for commenting on technological aspects of today’s “high-tech” society. KOBAKANT believes in the spirit of humoring technology, often presenting their work as a twisted criticism of the stereotypes surrounding textile craftsmanship and electrical engineering. KOBAKANT believes that technology exists to be hacked, handmade and modified by everyone to better fit our personal needs and desires.
    In 2009, as research fellows at the Distance Lab in Scotland, KOBAKANT published an online database for sharing their DIY wearable technology approach titled HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT.

    Workshop Materials

    – Stretch conductive fabric
    – Non-stretch conductive fabric
    conductive thread
    neoprene
    fusible interfacing
    – Jersey
    – Cotton

    Workshop Tools

    – Sewing needles
    – Knitting needles
    – Crochet hooks
    – Scissors
    – Paper & pens
    – Projector
    – Arduino
    – Crocodile clips
    – Jumper Wires

    2 Comments so far

    1. Janet on November 11th, 2014

      How do you register for this event?
      Is it delivered in English?

    2. Plusea on June 9th, 2015

      […] 27 – May 3 2015 Soft Sensors for Soft Bodies workshop, workshop summary presentation, and “Make your tech and wear it too” talk in […]

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