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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

    DressCode Workshop Berlin

    Saturday December 7th, 12-19:00 at FabLab Berlin

    DressCode celebrates fancy dress in a modern style extravaganza. Rather than shun the ever growing presence of blinking LEDs, we encourage everybody to partake in the illuminated future by making their own blinking sound-reactive attire! DressCode is about making, meeting, partying and becoming part of something big and bright.

    Do you dream of going out dancing in cloths that light up to the beat of the music? Do you wish you owned a handbag that could visualize ambient sound? Do you want to ride your bike through the streets at night flickering in tune with the noise of traffic? Then this workshop is for you!

    In this workshop you will build your own sound-reactive light-up project using the DressCode circuit board. The DressCode circuit board has an on-board microphone and a microcontroller that processes the signal from the microphone. The circuit basically translates volume of sound into outputs that you can use creatively to create a unique sound visualization. With conductive thread you will sew the LED lights into your clothing, accessory or anything you want, making interactive items that react with flashing lights and light sequences to sound. We encourage you to bring your own items to integrate the circuit into (pants, jackets, hats, bags, shoes….) or if you want to make something from scratch please bring sketches or patterns for your design and any special material you might need. We will provide a range of materials as well as some patterns for masks, crowns and necklaces.

    This workshop is open to people of all ages, abilities and interests. The workshop fee includes all materials and tools. Participants are welcome to bring their own clothing items and/or projects to integrate the DressCode circuit into.

    The workshop lasts 7 hours. At around 20:00 we can go for dinner or order pizza and afterwards there is the possibility to all go out to a club together to show off our designs!

    Workshop fee: 80 Euro (Please bring the fee in cash with you on the day. If you would like a receipt, please email us in advance so we can prepare one for you. Thanks!)
    Participants: 12 max.
    Sign-up by sending an email to: diy@kobakant.at

    Photos from the Workshop

    The Circuit and The Code

    The DressCode circuit is designed around a PIC microcontroller. The audio signal coming from the on-board microphone is amplified before being sampled by the analog-to-digital converter of the microcontroller. The incoming analog signal is thresholded at three different levels to trigger the LED outputs to react to the volume of the sound, similar to an equalizer on your stereo. A coded envelope follower tracks the signal for auto-gain so that the LEDs will trigger in quiet as well as loud environments.

    Example Project Post of the DressCode Dress shirt with step by step tutorial >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=4920

    DressCode Circuit:

    DressCode Playlist >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t61ZPRDsssE&list=PLxMxh4ORY0EU77WX9Nn4i7GMi6Rwgvcz3


    >> DressCode Examples
    >> DressCode Vest Example
    >> DressCode Dress Shirt Example
    >> DressCode Workshop at Shambala Festival
    DressCode was developed in collaboration with MzTek and x-IO

    Materials Included in Workshop Fee:

    – DressCode circuit
    – LiPo battery (rechargeable!)
    – Conductive thread
    – Conductive fabric
    – 12 LED lights
    – Decorative elements (beads, sequins, feathers…)
    – Felt for making masks, crowns, necklaces…
    – Other scraps of fabric
    – Regular thread

    Cost Breakdown (currently still a rough breakdown):

    * 30 Euro for the DressCode circuit board and LiPo battery
    * 5 Euro for LEDs >> http://www.highlight-led.de/smd_3528_c24.htm
    * 5 Euro conductive thread, conductive fabric
    * 5 Euro for felt, fabric, thread, beads, feathers and other decorative items
    * 15 Euro workshop fee
    * 20 Euro rent for FabLab space
    80 Euro Total

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