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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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    Playing with Sideglow Optic-Fiber

    We’ve been working on the Lulu (a design solution to connecting e-textiles, LEDs and optic-fibers) for some time now, and spent a lot of time looking at how we can mount LEDs at a right angle on PCBs and couple the LED with the end of the optic-fiber, but what we have not spent much time on yet is to explore the optic-fiber as a material in itself.

    Sideglow experiments

    This post is a documentation of explorations with Side-glow optic-fiber.

    I’ve organized this post by:
    – Information about the material – it’s origin (manufacturer, crude materials…), it’s maintenance (UV sensitivity, humidity, temperature…) and end-of-life (re-use, upcycling, recycling, disposal…).
    – Experiments 1: series of experiments with the material – manipulating it, taking it apart….
    – Experiments 2: combining it with other materials and techniques


    Side-glow optic-fiber

    1.5, 2, 3 mm diameter
    >> https://www.leds-and-more.de/catalog/20mm-lwl-lichtwellenleiter-lichtleiter-seitlich-leuchtend-p-1940.html?osCsid=2me5dl4q5amcvgb6tnbqfd87i5
    >> https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Super-Brightness-Side-Glow-PMMA-1mm-Optical-Flow-Fiber/32782703449.html


    Experiments 1


    Experiments 2


    other optic fibers to explore:
    End-glow optic-fiber + ABRAISON!

    http://wiki.datapaulette.org/doku.php/atelier/documentation/materiautheque/materiaux/electronique_textile/actionneurs_textiles/fibres_optiques#la_connectique

    0.25mm diameter/12000m/roll PMMA fiber optic cable end glow for decoration lighting
    >> https://www.aliexpress.com/item/0-25mm-diameter-12000m-roll-PMMA-fiber-optic-cable-end-glow-for-decoration-lighting/1923995977.html?spm=a2g0w.10010108.1000001.8.563c2ee3wVFURz



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