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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

    fabric button circuit

    embroidered SMD LED circuit

    When making eTextile circuit, the solder joint between hard component and conductive textile material tend to break as it get the most strain from flexing. To avoid this, the whole circuit can be placed on a fabric button so that it does not get bent. Here is the test LED embroidery circuit on a fabric button.

    For electrical connection, I am using 25% Metal Egypto Color Gold Gimp thread from Bart and Francis. This thread has metal tape wrapped around core thread. It is possible to solder directly onto this thread at the metal tape points. The metal thread is placed on the base fabric with couching stitch.

    embroidered SMD LED circuit embroidered SMD LED circuit
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    embroidered SMD LED circuit embroidered SMD LED circuit
    embroidered SMD LED circuit embroidered SMD LED circuit

    Close up
    embroidered SMD LED circuit embroidered SMD LED circuit

    Now I connected Lipo battery, and bent, scrunched, flapped, scratched… but it seemed to be ok. It feels quite robust.
    stress test stress test



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