Fabricademy: eTextiles + Wearables II

Posted on Dec 10, 2018 in Circuits, Craft, Learning, Tutorials
Fabricademy: eTextiles + Wearables II

Overview This lecture is the second eTextile and wearable class developed for Fabricademy 2018. You can see the full lecture here. Enjoy 🙂 Resources VISUAL Neopixels Sewable Neopixels Neopixel Effect Generator Adafruit Neopixel Uberguide Library installation Powering Fiber Optics The Beginners Guide to Fiber Optics by MikaelaHolmes Lateral optical fibers by Datapaulette Lulu Project by […]

Fabric Speakers

Posted on Nov 23, 2018 in Tutorials
Fabric Speakers

You can create a speaker out of a coil of conductive material, a strong magnet, a membrane, and an audio signal. Traditional speakers use harder components to build loud, efficient speakers. Here we will explore how they work and how to construct a textile speaker   What is Sound? Sound is a type of energy […]

Custom Mono Amp for Textile Speakers

Posted on Nov 20, 2018 in Circuits, Craft, Tutorials
Custom Mono Amp for Textile Speakers

If you want to work with textile or paper speakers, this is a handy tool to have around. You can use it to connect your speakers to any device with an audio output like this: TOOLS Diagonal snips Wire stripper Soldering iron Lighter MATERIALS Lipo socket Mono amp Audio cable Alligator clip Heat shrink (different […]

Heating Circuits for Thermochromic Inks

Posted on Oct 31, 2018 in Circuits, Craft, Tutorials
Heating Circuits for Thermochromic Inks

Thermochromic ink changes state in the presence of heat. When any heat source is applied (e.g. body heat, hair dryer, or electrical current), the pigment turns colorless. Here we will assume you want to use current to control the pigment color change. In this overview, we’ll look at: Variables to consider Heating elements Circuits Choosing […]

Thermochromic Tests

Posted on Oct 31, 2018 in Circuits, Craft, Tutorials
Thermochromic Tests

Thermochromic pigments change states when you introduce heat. You can control how much it changes by passing current through resistive thread or other resistive materials. Here are a few tests with different threads and resistances. For more information on how it works, the circuit, and other resources, go here. Thread: Stainless steel Resistance: 10.2 ohms […]

Soft Sensors

Posted on Oct 24, 2018 in Circuits, Craft, Tutorials
Soft Sensors

Circuit Here is the voltage divider circuit to use to connect your soft switch to an Arduino. If you want to learn more about voltage dividers, check out this post by Sparkfun or this post by Kobakant. Code Here are links to different Arduino sketches you can use with these sensors: Fabric Sensors. This combines […]

Soft Switches

Posted on Oct 24, 2018 in Circuits, Learning, Tutorials
Soft Switches

Circuit Here is the circuit to use to connect your soft switch to an Arduino. These swatches use the button sketch in the examples. BUTTON Momentary switches (aka push buttons) stay open as long as you hold them by pressing conductive materials into contact. Demo Construction STROKE SENSOR Close the circuit by pressing conductive materials […]

LED Sunset Tester

Posted on Oct 23, 2018 in Craft, Prototyping, Tutorials
LED Sunset Tester

I have been wanting to play around with using Kapton sheets as a circuit base for a while now after seeing all the fun things Kobakant has been making with it (like this Ohm Broach). I decided to create a quick LED tester that I can plug right into the Arduino instead of having to […]

Fabricademy: eTextiles + Wearables I

Posted on Oct 22, 2018 in Learning, Sensors, Tutorials
Fabricademy: eTextiles + Wearables I

 Circuits SWITCHES Here is the circuit you need to connect your soft switches. To see more images and videos of them in action, check out this post. SENSORS Here is the voltage divider circuit you need to connect your soft sensors. To see more images and videos of them in action, check out this […]

Different Formats, Different Stories

Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in Learning, Prototyping
Different Formats, Different Stories

Today I had the fantastic pleasure of teaching my first section as Designer in Residence at the Journalism+Design program at the New School. One of the amazing professors I’m working with is Kia Gregory who is teaching a senior capstone class. The goal of the class was to prepare students to start thinking critically about […]