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

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    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
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    Pincushion Breadboard Bracelet

    Pincushion Breadboard Bracelet combines the wearable “at-hand” functionality of a wrist-worn pincushion, with the electronics prototyping flexibility of a breadboard. This wearable tool might not seem all that useful to you at first, but I would like to demonstrate that a Pincushion Breadboard Bracelet can be an extremely useful tool for for the right purposes. And, that part of what makes it so useful is that if you’re wearing it close at hand, it will be there when you need it most.

    >> Instructable


    Following are some examples of the Breadboard Pincushion Bracelets that I’ve made for myself and for friends, and the diverse uses we’ve found for them….

    Big Buddies Finger Puppets by Angela

    >> http://andy.dorkfort.com/andy/digitalnatural/2015/07/02/bug-buddies-angela/

    Super Bright Light

    Wearable studio bike-lights

    Morse Code Messenger

    Made as a birthday gift.
    Breadboard bracelet circuit

    Translating sunlight to sound

    Breadboard or Pincushion Bracelet

    Streaming “hello world” over WiFi

    E-Textile Summercamp

    Emergency Watch Strap

    Breadboard pincushion as emergency watch strap replacementBreadboard pincushion as emergency watch strap replacement

    Did you know…

    …that breadboards and pincushions have more in common than might be apparent at first sight?

    * Pins and sewing needles fit beautifully into breadboard holes, and they even make for great access points when working with crocodile clips.

    * Electronic components can be pressed into pincushions similarly to storing them in ESD foam for shielding and protecting the pins from getting mangled (if you stuff your pincushion with steel wool it even provides the same anti-static effect).
    Pincushion with components

    * The Breadboard Pincushion is an example I made to demonstrate the possibility of making a fabric breadboard that retains the functions of both tools (pin storage, electronics prototyping).
    Microcontroller pincushion breadboard

    Step-by-Step Instructions

    Materials and Tools

    – Leather or Tarpaulin (or another sturdy material that does not fray where cut)
    – Powermesh
    – Mini breadboard
    – Sewing thread
    – Masking tape
    – Velcro or snaps

    – Scissors
    – Sewing machine
    – Fabric pen for marking stencil
    (- Snap press)

    Trace and Cut

    Print, cutout and trace the breadboard pincushion bracelet pattern pieces. The pattern pieces are:
    * 1 x main bracelet (leather or tarpaulin)
    * 1 x powermesh (36 x 90 mm)
    (* 2 x Velcro – hooks and loops)
    Breadboard Pincushion Bracelet dimensions


    Fold the longer end of the powermesh over and under as shown in the illustration bellow.
    Breadboard Pincushion Bracelet assembly

    Use masking tape to hold the powermesh in place while sewing.
    Breadboard or Pincushion BraceletBreadboard or Pincushion BraceletBreadboard or Pincushion BraceletBreadboard or Pincushion Bracelet

    Add on Velcro or snaps as fasteners for closing the bracelet. A watch buckle would also be a nice option.
    Breadboard Pincushion Bracelet assembly


    Insert breadboard as shown.
    Breadboard or Pincushion BraceletBreadboard or Pincushion Bracelet


    Build a circuit by pressing components into the breadboard through the holes of the powermesh.
    Breadboard or Pincushion Bracelet

    Breadboard Battery
    Coin-cell battery holder breadboard modCoin-cell battery holder breadboard mod

    References and Links:

    There are many examples of pincushion bracelets you can make for yourself, as well as DIY breadboards made from IDC connectors. Plus you can find endless examples of circuitboards made into jewelry bracelets.

    Pincushion Breadboard >> http://www.instructables.com/id/Breadbaord-Pincushion/

    strapOn purple >> https://www.tindie.com/products/C_Blackstone/strapon-the-wearable-protoboard-1/


    Flickr set >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157658844044089

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