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E-Textile Class 2/18-19 by Christine & Ross

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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.

Topics: electronics, lilypad, arduino, Uncategorized, nextbad-studio, nextfab, led, fashion, e-textile

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


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