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 šŸ™‚ 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 […]

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 […]

Soft Circuit Storytelling at Virginia Children’s Engineering Conference

Posted on Feb 8, 2018 in Circuits, Craft, Learning, Sensors
Soft Circuit Storytelling at Virginia Children’s Engineering Conference

Overview I was invited to give a workshop by the wonderful folks at the Virginia Children’s Engineering Conference to 50 elementary school teachers.Ā Participants built blinky name tags that showed our emotions, learned about how electricity moves, questioned how different LEDs “eat” voltage, collaboratively wrote stories, and created our own interactive storybook covers out of paper, […]

ATtiny Workshop at Fab Lab BCN’s Textile Bootcamp

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 in Circuits, Craft, Learning, Tutorials
ATtiny Workshop at Fab Lab BCN’s Textile Bootcamp

ATtiny Embroidery In this workshop, participants will create a dual sensor testing circuit and touch sensitive textile using the ATtiny. ATtiny Embroidery Swatch from Liza Stark on Vimeo.   Important Links CodeĀ used in workshop Dave Mellis’ ATtiny library (To turn your Arduino into a ATtiny programming machine. Full tutorial here.)

The Flickering Unicorn

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 in Circuits, Craft, Sensors
The Flickering Unicorn

Finally! It’s here! The full Instructable for the Flickering Unicorn! This was a fun little project post-wedding dress construction. This unicorn costume employs eTextile sensor construction techniques to control the behavior of the RGB LED horn. The mane is a stroke sensor constructed from conductive and non-conductive yarn using a loop stitch technique. By stroking […]

eTextile Summer Camp 2016 in Photos

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 in Circuits, Craft, Sensors
eTextile Summer Camp 2016 in Photos

Another lovely high-flying summer at Paillard 🐓ā¤ļø eTextile Summer Camp Happenings Softopia Discussion Exhibition Fictional eTextiles Focus Group