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Jul 22, 2012 9:44:42 AM
Here are our staff picks for this week. We have Science and the Arts covered with 3D printing, green automotive, Maker Movement, Arduino and general electronics. We hope you enjoy them!
The Roopod A home made vehicle that’s street legal and gets 78 mpg. - Gregg
Friction welding Very hot stuff. This shows the power of friction. - Matt
CNN Idea Series What if you could make anything you wanted? - Gregg
The Diyode Board is designed to assist beginners to the Arduino platform. - Gregg
buildinggadets.com This is a good site for electronics hobbyists. - Gregg
Feb 21, 2012 4:54:00 PM
Thank you everyone for attending the E-Textile class! We covered a LOT of material. I personally found this class so exciting! I loved the idea of technology and fashion coming together in one form.
Here I would like to share a couple of things covered in the class…
To start, we covered basic electronics to make sure everyone was on the same page, and then we jumped into creating “SOFT” circuits. We “sewed” the circuit using conductive thread and conductive fabric—they are made with a base material such as cotton or polyester, and various conductive metals (copper, silver etc…). During the class, we all got a chance to create a simple LED lighting circuit with a switch built in, all made out of “soft” materials.
It worked!! Yay!!
The second part of this class was to learn Arduino. Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. It is becoming very popular among tech enthusiasts and the DIY/maker community.
In this class, we used the Lilypad which is a microcontroller board designed for wearables and e-textiles. It can be sewn to fabric and similarly connected to power supplies, sensors and actuators with conductive thread.
We got to program the Lilypad to turn on the LEDs. Everyone brought in their own projects they are currently working on. That was fantastic.
Great work, folks!! We would love to hear about the projects you are working on using the techniques and knowledge you learned from the class. Please send us some updates. If you have any questions regarding what you learned in the class or related to any projects you are currently working on, we would love to help. Please feel free to contact us.
Nov 26, 2011 11:46:47 AM
Topics: workshop, electronics, e-textiles, lilypad, conductive-fabric, lilypad-arduino, arduino, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio, leah-buechley, e-textiles-workshop, wearable-electronics, nextfab, textiles, high-low-tech
Sep 18, 2011 5:47:00 PM
Here are our Staff Picks for the Week of September 18th, we hope you enjoy them. We run from artistic to career advancing this week.
Arduino Arts is an good Arduino beginner’s site I found while researching other Arduino projects. There are links to tutorials and more. It’s a relatively new site and has been expanding quickly. -Gregg
Writing on the wall with der Kritzler (Kritzler is German for Scribbler) is about a cool machine that draws on windows. -Alex
Bronze Tangle Process - An artist describes his process for casting “tangles” out of bronze. The process involves 3D printing an investment casting which is then burned away to make the cavity for the bronze. -Alex
FREE Course: How to Succeed as a Creative Professional. It’s a 25-week program designed to equip you with the creative and professional skills you need to succeed in your chosen career path – whether you’re an employee, freelancer or creative entrepreneur. -Yulia
Aug 8, 2011 10:07:00 AM
This had to happen sooner or later. Fixing and improving the timer on a laundry washing machine using an Arduino. Read more about it here. Here’s a link to how he did it. It’s probably less expensive than a repair call.
Aug 4, 2011 6:42:00 PM
MakerSHED has released an Arduino Development Kit for the iPhone. Read more about it here. This is cool. It comes with a Dock Connector to Serial Port Cable! It is out of stock now, but you can get notified when it is back in stock or get just the cable here.
08/07/11 It looks like this is back in stock at MakerSHED.
Aug 7, 2010 5:11:00 PM
Alicia Gibb wrote her thesis on the Arduino. She says:
"The Arduino microcontroller is a malleable tool used in art and design. Started as an educational prototyping tool it contiues to expand due to the thriving community and open source nature. Because open source initiatives allow for modification, derivatives, and sharing of intellectual property, artists and designers can evolve new Arduino-based microcontrollers specified to their work."
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