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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
    Connections

    Making Connections

    As part of thinking about robustness and durability in our e-textile tailor shop, I’m revisiting some of the ways we’ve been making permanent and detachable connections between hard and soft components of e-textile circuits.


    Permanent

    Solder wick loops on protoboard:

    Vinycut copper tape on Kapton film with Kapton tape solder mask:

    Using foam to improve sewn connections:

    Surface-mount on leather patch and LED button:

    Copper plated on leather button and solder applied so that the traces won’t crack when flexed:

    Chained breakouts:

    Sewing to prtoboard

    Making life easier but not necessary more reliable:
    >> http://www.plusea.at/?p=3965


    Detachable

    Soldering snaps to circuitboard and sewing the others:

    Snap through hole pressing against copper:

    Velcro breakout for knit sensors:

    Foam also good for improving clipped connection:

    Press-fit




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