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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

    Transparent and Dangerous II

    Wednesday 10th May 2017, 17:30 – 19:30 at the Toronto Wearables Meetup at the Social Body Lab at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada.

    Pins are sharp and familiar, abundant and conductive. Used in textiles as tools for prototyping, to make quick connections between materials. Lets examine these pins closer, treat them as materials themselves and make use of their ability to conduct electricity.

    In this short workshop we will explore the anatomy of pins, examining their history, materiality, form and function. We will apply them as material in the field of electronic textiles by combining them with a variety of conductive and non-conductive materials to create electronic connections, sensors and actuators. The results will be sharp and delicate, transparent and dangerous.

    Participants are asked to collect and bring interesting materials with them. Anything hard, soft, flexible, squishy… that can be pierced and penetrated by a pin.


    Event page >>
    Anatomy of a Pin presentation >>
    Flickr set >> …coming soon…

    Dangerous Sensors

    – Contact (digital on/off)
    – Resistive sensing (distance)
    – Piezoresistive sensing (pressure, bend, stretch…)
    – Capacitive sensing (scroll wheel, slider….)


    Pin Stroke Gauntlet


    Spikey Stroke Sensors



    Veiled Tilt


    Pin Tilt


    Analog Pin stroke sensor



    Anti-Static foam Pressure Matrix


    2×2 Matrix >>


    Capacitive Fabric Slider/Wheels




    arduino for reading sensor values
    sewing needles
    crochet, knitting
    tape, glue
    iron, board
    soldering iron, solder stations
    scissors for fabric and other materials
    cutter knife and cutting board
    pliers, round nose pliers…


    #17 pins >>
    #24 pins >>
    5mm felt
    3-5mm neoprene with fabric fused to either side
    regular sewing thread
    regular fabric scraps
    resistive materials (velostat, eeontex non-woven, eetontex stretch)
    2K Ohm/sq >>
    10E4 to 10E7 ohm/square >>
    conductive fabrics & threads (what do you have?)
    veilshield conductive fabric (i can bring) >>
    fusible interfacing
    wax (candles)
    soft wire for bending and soldering
    stiff wire for bending and soldering
    ball bearings >>
    silicone sheets, silicone tubing
    soft plastic tubing
    styrofoam balls
    wine bottle corks

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