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E-Textiles Workshop

Posted by admin

Nov 26, 2011 11:46:47 AM


We live in a world where you can order groceries to your doorstep, know what your friend in Taiwan is up to… and wear your electronics!






Want to learn about the world of e-textiles and start your own high-tech wardrobe?






Inspired by Leah Buechley, inventor of the Lilypad Arduino and director of MIT’s High-Low Tech research group, we are hosting a 2-day workshop that will teach you everything you need to know in order to make your own wearable electronics!


  • Day One, 12/10, 1:00PM - 5:00PM: We will learn about e-textiles materials and methods including: soft circuits, power, voltage, resistance, hand-sewing vs. machine sewing, conductive fabric, conductive thread, sewing LEDs, switches, sensors, plus examples of what you can do with these tools!



  • Day Two, 12/11, 1:00PM - 5:00PM: We will start with an intro to programming with Lilypad Arduino, and then we will work on individual projects. 


Find out more information and register here: E-Textiles 101.


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

Touchscreen-ready Gloves!

Posted by admin

Nov 15, 2011 7:28:00 PM


Want to use your touchscreen toy outside in the cold without having to defrost your fingers later? Here’s a quick fix for your favorite pair of gloves!



I added a small bit of conductive thread to the fingertips of my gloves. It’s very easy and it works! 



Now I can snap a picture, check my e-mail, text, and change the song when I’m outdoors, without my hands freezing!


Stop by and make some for yourself!


Topics: e-textiles, philadelphia, touchscreen-gloves, Uncategorized, conductive-thread, texting-gloves, conductive-gloves, iphone-gloves, nextfab

NextFlag! (E-textiles teaser)

Posted by admin

Oct 7, 2011 12:02:00 PM

Since I’ve been working on expanding our textile capabilities, I decided to jump into a small project, incorporating a variety of techniques.


This mini “NextFlag” was embroidered and sewn using our Brother Innov-is 2800D sewing and digital embroidery machine. 



I knew I wanted to include a soft circuit, so I started playing with conductive thread, LEDs, and soft switches. 


This soft switch acts as a button in the soft circuit. How it works: I used a small piece of conductive fabric, with conductive thread on each end of a piece of foam with a hole cut out of the center. When you press on the switch, the conductive fabric and thread touch, closing the circuit, and turning the LED on. 



To finish the project, I made a little stand out of some scrap oak and a dowel. This was a lot of fun! We are currently developing an e-textiles workshop using some of these elements and more advanced projects!

Topics: project, e-textiles, digital-embroidery, philadelphia, circuit, Uncategorized, nextfab, textiles, led

    

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