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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

    Transparent and Dangerous II

    Wednesday 10th May 2017, 17:30 – 19:30 at the Toronto Wearables Meetup at the Social Body Lab at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada.

    Pins are sharp and familiar, abundant and conductive. Used in textiles as tools for prototyping, to make quick connections between materials. Lets examine these pins closer, treat them as materials themselves and make use of their ability to conduct electricity.

    In this short workshop we will explore the anatomy of pins, examining their history, materiality, form and function. We will apply them as material in the field of electronic textiles by combining them with a variety of conductive and non-conductive materials to create electronic connections, sensors and actuators. The results will be sharp and delicate, transparent and dangerous.

    Participants are asked to collect and bring interesting materials with them. Anything hard, soft, flexible, squishy… that can be pierced and penetrated by a pin.


    Event page >> https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/toronto-wearables-meetup-35-tickets-34334786270
    Anatomy of a Pin presentation >> http://www.plusea.at/?p=5774
    Flickr set >> …coming soon…

    Dangerous Sensors

    – Contact (digital on/off)
    – Resistive sensing (distance)
    – Piezoresistive sensing (pressure, bend, stretch…)
    – Capacitive sensing (scroll wheel, slider….)


    Pin Stroke Gauntlet

    >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=6161

    Spikey Stroke Sensors

    >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=6237
    >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157669478992954


    Veiled Tilt

    >> http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/dangerous-tilt-working-title/
    >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157682588662945

    Pin Tilt

    >> http://www.plusea.at/?p=5841
    >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/sets/72157666744649176

    Analog Pin Stroke Sensor

    >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=6188


    Anti-Static Foam Pressure Matrix

    >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=6292
    >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157672248800682

    2×2 Matrix >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=3314


    Capacitive Fabric Slider/Wheels

    >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=6607



    arduino for reading sensor values
    sewing needles
    crochet, knitting
    tape, glue
    iron, board
    soldering iron, solder stations
    scissors for fabric and other materials
    cutter knife and cutting board
    pliers, round nose pliers…


    #17 pins >> https://www.amazon.com/Vintage-17-Premium-Nickel-Plated/dp/B00G03NIX2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1492346770&sr=8-3&keywords=%2317+pins
    #24 pins >> https://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Prym-Dressmaker-Pins-Premium/dp/B00HL17KIQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492346909&sr=8-1&keywords=24+dressmaker+pins
    5mm felt
    3-5mm neoprene with fabric fused to either side
    regular sewing thread
    regular fabric scraps
    resistive materials (velostat, eeontex non-woven, eetontex stretch)
    2K Ohm/sq >> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/14111
    10E4 to 10E7 ohm/square >> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/14112
    conductive fabrics & threads (what do you have?)
    veilshield conductive fabric (i can bring) >> https://www.lessemf.com/fabric3.html
    fusible interfacing
    wax (candles)
    soft wire for bending and soldering
    stiff wire for bending and soldering
    ball bearings >> https://www.amazon.com/Piece-Assorted-Loose-Bicycle-Bearing/dp/B018B7D05K/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1492347129&sr=8-3&keywords=ball+bearings
    silicone sheets, silicone tubing
    soft plastic tubing
    styrofoam balls
    wine bottle corks

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