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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

    Animating Textiles

    May 12th 2015, 3 hour workshop at the RCA Information Experience Design department in London, UK

    This workshop is only open to students of the university.

    A three-hour introductory workshop to materials, tools and techniques for actuating textiles.

    This brief workshop will start with an introductory overview to electronic-textiles, explaining materials such as conductive threads and fabrics, magnet wire, nitinol (a shape memory alloy) and thermochormic pigment. After demonstrating examples of different kinds of electronic textile actuation, students will proceed to build their own actuators.

    The two different kinds of electronic actuation explored in this workshop are:
    Electromagnetism (motors, vibration movement, sound)
    Heat (melting/softening, thermochromic pigment/colour-change, SMA/muscle-wire/nitinol)

    Electromagnetism

    Motors

    Lace motor >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=5277
    Simple motors >> http://kit-of-no-parts.at/?p=492

    Sound

    Speaker coils as textile membranes:
    Woven speaker >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=5509
    Knit speaker >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=4465
    Embroidered speaker >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2936

    Heat

    melting/softening

    Hot Hinge >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2955

    Tunable Stiffness Structures: muslin in wax
    >> http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/media-arts-and-sciences/mas-962-special-topics-new-textiles-spring-2010/assignments-and-projects/final-project/final-project-tunable-stiffness-structures/

    thermochromic pigment/colour-change

    Using heat to actuate thermochromic pigment. Thermo = temperature, chromic = colour –> temperature actuated colour change!

    Thermochromic pixel >> http://kit-of-no-parts.at/?p=1210
    Cast pixel >> http://kit-of-no-parts.at/?p=1460

    Thermochromic Paint on Paper Examples

    SMA/muscle-wire/nitinol

    SMA Smocking >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=5276
    Bending Petals >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=3396


    Materials and Tools

    speakers and motors:
    – karl-grimm conductive thread
    conductive fabric
    – neodymium magnets
    – audio amp
    – magnet wire
    – diodes

    heating and movement:
    – steel thread
    – thermochromic pigment
    – nitinol/SMA
    – fabric medium (for mixing thermochromic pigment)
    – paintbrushes and pot(s)
    – lab/bench power supply
    – hair dryer
    – shapelock/wax

    general:
    – regular thread
    – scraps of regular non-stretch fabric
    fusible interfacing
    – sewing needles
    – scissors

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