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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:

    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

    The Sound of Nature

    Wednesday February 4th 2015, 4pm at the University in Antananarivo, Madagascar

    Together with Brian Fisher, a visit and short talk at the Ecole Polytechnique Vontovorona to meet the engineering students. Very brief introduction to the ant research happening at the Madagascar Biodiversity Center and some examples of electronic textile materials. We explained how both building electronics from new materials, as well as the challenge of building technology in the field, could lead to some interesting new devices – such as “leaf speakers”. We then proceeded to demonstrate how to make such a leaf speaker by embroidering a conductive coil onto the surface of a leaf we picked from outside the building. And, with some amplification, it worked! Though only very quietly.

    A continuation of this first short intro meeting could be a workshop or hack event held at the Center for Biodiversity in Tana. Such a workshop could look at combining nature’s materials found in the Tsimbazaza zoo with conductive embroidery to make functioning electronic speakers. Sharing the science behind how speakers work and what materials make good membranes for moving air, translating digital audio files into airwaves we can hear.

    This workshop is part of the Dissemination Lab: Madagaskar

    When we get to the field we’ll try to make some bigger, louder, and headphone versions of these to playback the sounds of the jungle!



    Diagram of a speaker:

    Embroidered Speaker

    Links

    Paper speakers >> http://kit-of-no-parts.at/?p=265
    Embroidered speakers >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2936
    Dissemination Lab >> http://www.fisherlab.org/dissemination-lab.html
    Dissemination Lab’s field journal >> https://openexplorer.com/expedition/disseminationlabmadagascar

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    1. Plusea on April 19th, 2015

      […] 4 2015 Visit and short demo of The Sound of Nature at the Ecole Polytechnique Vontovorona in Antanarivo, […]

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