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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
    Example Projects

    Alpaca T-Shirt Hack

    E-Textiles + Jugend Hackt = Interactive Alpaca T-Shirt

    Jugend Hackt Alpaca t-shirt hack

    Take some thin paper and trace your alpaca face.
    Jugend Hackt Alpaca t-shirt hack

    You can cut out the outline of your alpaca face with scissors.
    Jugend Hackt Alpaca t-shirt hack

    Use a cutter knife to cut out the inner pieces.
    Jugend Hackt Alpaca t-shirt hack

    Do this three times.
    Jugend Hackt Alpaca t-shirt hack

    Peel off the paper backing.
    Jugend Hackt Alpaca t-shirt hack

    Place your alpacas on your t-shirt.
    Jugend Hackt Alpaca t-shirt hack

    Use an iron or if you don’t have one, a soldering iron to fuse the conductive alpacas to your t-shirt.
    Jugend Hackt Alpaca t-shirt hack

    Sew with the conductive thread to create the following circuit diagram.

    Start by sewing the edges of the battery pouch. This will be the positive connection in your circuit.
    Jugend Hackt Alpaca t-shirt hack

    Continue from the battery pouch with the same piece of thread to sew to all the positive sides of the LEDs. Check the circuit diagram.
    Jugend Hackt Alpaca t-shirt hack

    The negative connections should be sewn between the LEDs and the conductive alpaca faces.
    Jugend Hackt Alpaca t-shirt hack

    Make sure the sewing on the back of your t-shirt is neat, otherwise you will create connections where you don’t want to (short circuits).
    Jugend Hackt Alpaca t-shirt hack

    When you’ve finished sewing all of your circuit’s traces, you are ready to solder on the LED eyes. Use a pair of tweezers to hold the SMD LEDs in pace whole you solder one side at a time.
    Jugend Hackt Alpaca t-shirt hack
    Jugend Hackt Alpaca t-shirt hack

    The final connection to sew is the negative battery connection. This runs from the inner center of your battery pouch (under the conductive fabric) to the metal bead.
    Jugend Hackt Alpaca t-shirt hack



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