Fabrickit, a new e-textile development kit from Studio 5050, will be launched at the Maker Faire NYC.
The kit is a fairly simple e-textile kit that allows you to add LEDs to textiles. What separates FabricKit from the Lilypad and Aniomagic family is that the FabricKit system forgoes the use of… Continue
Ok how cool is conductive playdoh?! No seriously. Pretty darn cool!
Samuel Johnson, an undergraduate student at the University of St. Thomas, with the help of his prof. Dr. AnnMarie Thomas, made conductive dough as a fun teaching tool for a middle school science curriculum. Middle school students seems a little old for toying with playdoh but I think K-12 may be a more appropriate… Continue
Added by Syuzi on July 19, 2010 at 10:00am —
I absolutely love the idea of DIY fashion kits — especially when they involve wearable technology. They are a sustainable means of production that involve and engage the creativity of the end-consumer.
One of my greatest frustrations with the Lilypad Arduino is the inability to swap out the microcontroller to use in different projects. This is particularly ineffective when I'm teaching workshops and I have ten different e-textile samples I want to demo — I always revert to using the Arduino Duemilanove because of it's flexibility.
I made this arachnid LED belt to wear to SXSW a few weeks back and I just got around to photographing it. The belt itself is made from searsucker fabric and the critter is constructed using buttons covered in wool and a variety of beads. It's a simple project so I don't think a tutorial is needed. If you've worked with LEDs before, the project should take you between 2-3 hours to craft.
Here's a great tutorial by Benjamin Zaitlen on how to make your own Lilypad Persistence of Vision wristband.
As Zaitlen explains:
"Persistence of Vision (POV) is the illusion that an image continues to persist even though the image has changed. In essence, we are taking advantage of the limitations of the brain-eye processing time. With a camera we can tune our… Continue