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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

    Fiber Optic Poetry

    “ohne mich” (engl. “without me”)

    Interactive Fiber-Optic Poetry in Motion

    For the opening collection of our KOBA MaƟschneiderei – an E-Textile Tailor Shop we are opening in Berlin very soon – we are prototyping the items in this collection. One of these is fiber-optic poetry, two words embroidered in fiber-optics cables, but overlaid so that you only see them when they light up, one after the other.

    Flickr set: https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157690450178046

    ohne mich

    With only one word embroidered, you can already read it when it is not light up.
    ohne mich
    ohne mich

    The overlay obscures the individual words, and the light reveals them.
    ohne mich

    For a first prototype I used Maurin’s Lulu module which is a bright SMD LED mounted infront of a tube socket that can then receive the ends of the fiber optic cables.
    lulu: http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/lulu/
    fiber optics: http://wiki.datapaulette.org/doku.php/atelier/documentation/materiautheque/materiaux/electronique_textile/actionneurs_textiles/fibres_optiques



    For further prototypes I started to look at other ways to connect the LED to the optic fibers.

    Looks like having some distance or a lense between the LED light source and the start of the fiber optic cable can be used to optimize all the light going into the fiber:
    >> http://www.ecse.rpi.edu/~schubert/Light-Emitting-Diodes-dot-org/chap22

    Forrest M. Mims III describes drilling holes into through-hole LEDs and shrink tubing the fibers into the hole:
    >> https://makezine.com/projects/how-to-connect-optical-fibers-to-leds-and-sensors/

    Bundeling multiple and casting into a tube:
    >> https://www.riecktron.co.za/en/product/2931

    Soldering leads to SMD LEDs:
    >> http://www.nmra.org.au/Hints/SMDs/Using%20SMD%20LEDs.html

    beginner guide

    optic fibers


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