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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:

    Since 2020, Hannah is guest professor of the Spiel&&Objekt Master's program at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin

    From 2013-2015 Mika was 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

    Needle Felting Conductive Wool

    You can make a conductive felt with conductive wool.
    This method is used to make a conductive carpet for airplanes and other shielded place.
    I have used needle felting method to make a conductive pattern on felt.

    This conductive wool’s property is something similar to conductive yarn’s. When you squeeze the ball of wool, the resistance gets lower, and this is same when it is felted.
    So, the conductive felt works as pressure sensor too.

    The other application of this conductive felt is to use it as heat element. When the current is applied, it heats up. This is same as when you short cut the circuit, so be careful not to apply too high current. (It will start to burn) The bottom example is with thermochromic ink print. You can see the color change on print as the current is applied.

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    1. […] conductive wool Bekinox W12/18 company: Bekaert Characteristic: Wool fiber mixed with stainless steel fiber, Suitable for felting example: felted pressure sensor http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=3089 […]

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