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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
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    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

    Lulu

    Lulu


    beginner guide
    https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Beginners-Guide-to-Fiber-Optics/

    optic fibers
    https://www.conrad.de/de/Search.html?search=lichtwellenleiter&searchType=CAMPAIGN&category=%1Ft10%1Fc90694%1F2510440
    https://www.leds-and-more.de/catalog/15mm-lwl-lichtwellenleiter-lichtleiter-seitlich-leuchtend-p-1937.html?osCsid=2me5dl4q5amcvgb6tnbqfd87i5#!tab1
    http://www.lichtleitfasern.de/glasfaserkabel_lichtwellenleiter_dekolicht.html

    LED
    http://fr.farnell.com/osram/lcw-cq7p-ec-krkt-5u8x-1-k/oslon-80-ssl-eco-champ/dp/2078805



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