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16  Topics / E-Textiles and Craft / Re: Conductive Thread: Silver vs. Stainless Steel on: February 06, 2012, 02:54:00 am
You can silkscreen with Bare Conductive's conductive ink (they're coming out with one that is specifically for fabric, but you can still try with the regular stuff): http://www.bareconductive.com/

There is solderable conductive thread out there, though I havent had the pleasure of trying it: http://steampunkworkshop.com/solderable-conductive-thread

And also there is stretchy wire, which I have seen (it's super cool), but havent used: http://www.mnwire.com/istretch

17  Topics / E-Textiles and Craft / Re: Lilypad, accelerometers, frequency and best conductive material on: February 06, 2012, 02:46:46 am
- What is best to transport data and power through this interface: conductive fabric, conductive thread or even a really thin wire? - It is important that it could be folded, twisted and very resistant through time.

Conductive thread is a good option, though it has a tendency to fray.  I would do some tests playing rough with it.  Here is a 6-ply that might hold up well: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10119

There are lots of different kinds of conductive fabric, including soft, silky, and stretchy ones.  You could very easily incorporate into your design decorative paths of conductive material that join (via conductive thread) with the accelerometer in the centre.  Check out the range of materials here: http://lessemf.com/fabric.html

- Any ideas of how should I protect the components from damage by rough hand manipulation?

In a soft, malleable piece like this, people are going to want to test its limits and play rough with it.  Your best bet is to make prototypes and have people do exactly that.  Work it hard and see how it holds up.  The conductive fabric wouldnt be an issue, I dont think, you are more likely to see issues with the conductive thread, at the point where it meets the accelerometer (because it's stiff), and the battery (for the same reason).  You would want to protect the circuit from short-circuits, too.

- Will the raw data of the whole schematic (5 accelerometers to lilypad to bluetooth) be fast enough generated? - a frequency of 10 "readings" per second should be enough for what I intend to do with them. *

With acclerometers you'll want to do some averaging in order to have smooth data rolling in.  write the incoming raw data into an array, and pull every 8th, 10, or 50th number (depending how smooth you want it).  That number will be your reading, for you to do whatever you like with it.

Are you set on Bluetooth?  I've seen quite a few projects done with Bluetooth and there tends to be interference and general instability, imo.  I'm a fan of Xbees myself.  They are super reliable, and there is a sewable breakout board for the Lilypad Arduino:
Lilypad Xbee Breakout: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8937
Xbee Radio: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8664

As for battery,  I would recommend using a rechargable Lithium-Polymer battery.  They're cheap, relatively small and flat (so great for soft circuits), and reliable. http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9876



18  Topics / E-Textiles and Craft / Re: Wearable Tech Workshop Series in Toronto, Canada on: February 06, 2012, 02:18:03 am
I co-teach the workshop with a colleague, Ken Leung.  You can visit his website at www.kenleung.ca.
My personal website is www.erinlewis.ca.

Please feel free to contact me (email is on my site) if you have further questions.

19  Topics / E-Textiles and Craft / Re: Any tutorials on pressure sensor matrix out there? on: February 06, 2012, 02:15:29 am
Here is one: http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=213
20  Topics / E-Textiles and Craft / Re: Light Emmiting Fabric on: February 06, 2012, 02:14:39 am
It exists, though not on the mass market yet. You can view it here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2007/0606-light_up_tents.htm
21  Community / Local Groups / Re: Arduinoids in Ontario Canada on: January 27, 2012, 01:23:44 pm
If you are interested in Wearable Technology you can also come to the Toronto Wearables Meetup which happens monthly at OCAD University, 205 Richmond Street West.  We get together and talk about, well, inventive ways of wearing your electronics smiley

--- and yes, 255 College is at College/Spadina.  Parking is not often an issue... lots of parking on the east side of Spadina just south of College, or on side streets.

here is a link to our site, and our blurb: http://blog.ocad.ca/wordpress/socialbodylab/toronto-wearables-meetup/

The Toronto Wearables Meetup is a gathering of people interested in wearable technology, fashion, wearable electronics, soft circuits, electronic textiles, emerging materials, and other creative and innovative approaches to things that live on the body. This Meetup intended for artists, fashion designers, industrial designers, textile enthusiasts, engineers, researchers, students, and anyone interested in these emerging and intersecting fields.
22  Community / Local Groups / Toronto Wearable Technology Meetup on: January 27, 2012, 01:19:24 pm
If anyone is in the Toronto area and is interested in a meetup centered around Wearable Technology (often involving Arduinos, Lilypad Arduinos, discussion of new materials and inventive uses of materials), do come out to the Toronto Wearables Meetup which happens monthly, usually the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month.  You can get information on upcoming meetups as well as past meetups on our site: http://blog.ocad.ca/wordpress/socialbodylab/toronto-wearables-meetup/


The Toronto Wearables Meetup is a gathering of people interested in wearable technology, fashion, wearable electronics, soft circuits, electronic textiles, emerging materials, and other creative and innovative approaches to things that live on the body. This Meetup intended for artists, fashion designers, industrial designers, textile enthusiasts, engineers, researchers, students, and anyone interested in these emerging and intersecting fields.
23  Community / Local Groups / Re: Arduinoids in Ontario Canada on: October 20, 2011, 08:17:17 pm
Hey everyone,
you should be coming and hanging out at Interaccess!  Each wednesday night is an open studio where you can work on projects and ask other electronics nerds how to get things working like how you want!  There is a night specific to "handmade music", and another for "wearable technology", but really, you can just come and hang out and work on projects!  Check it out: www.interaccess.org.

There are also Arduino workshops!
24  Community / Workshops and Events / Toronto Wearables Meetup on: October 06, 2011, 06:09:01 pm
Toronto Wearables Meetup 8         
With guest speakers: Jessica Thompson, and the H2.0 Collective

Wednesday October 12, 2011

205 Richmond, room 7602

http://torontowearables8.eventbrite.com/


The Toronto Wearables Meetup is a gathering of people interested in wearable technology, fashion, wearable electronics, soft circuits, electronic textiles, emerging materials, and other creative and innovative approaches to things that live on the body. This Meetup is intended for artists, fashion designers, industrial designers, textile enthusiasts, engineers, researchers, students, and anyone interested in these emerging and intersecting fields.

This month's speakers:

Jessica Thompson is a media artist whose projects facilitate social situations in public space through sound, performance and wearable technologies.  Her studio practice involves the creation of interactive sound pieces that audience members are invited to borrow and use within urban environments, and large-scale collaborative performances.

Her work has been shown in numerous national and international exhibitions and festivals such as ISEA 2006 (San Jose, CA), FINE/LINE (Denmark), the Conflux Festival (New York), the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art, (Toronto) and most recently at the Norsk Teknisk Museum (Oslo).  Her projects have appeared in publications such as Canadian Art, c Magazine, Acoustic Territories, and numerous art and technology blogs. She holds a BFA in Visual Art from York University in Toronto and an MFA in Emerging Practices from SUNY at Buffalo.

Jessica Thompson:  http://www.jessicathompson.ca

The H2.0 Collective consists of OCAD art and design students Loretta Faveri, Joanne Jin, Michael Vaughn and Chris Holborn. The Collective launched their first exhibition at Nuit Blanche 2011, for which they designed a series of anthropomorphic dresses that interact with viewer’s movement, speech, and proximity.  Through this work the H2.0 Collective raises the issue of modern society’s reliance on technologies to represent one’s sentiments, while at the same time humouring and impressing the viewer with the capabilities of wearable soft circuits encased in their clever designs.


Toronto Wearables Meetup: http://www.torontowearables.com/


RSVP to the event: http://torontowearables8.eventbrite.com/
25  Topics / E-Textiles and Craft / Weaving with Fibre Optics on: September 15, 2011, 06:59:48 pm
Here are some images from a recent project prototype in which I constructed a simple loom and wove fibre optics to create a wave-like form. This form was illuminated with RBG LEDs that responded to auroral activity over northern Canada.

http://luxxnatura.wordpress.com/2011/09/15/northern-lights-fibre-optic-work/
26  Community / Workshops and Events / Wearable Electronics MASTERCLASS in Toronto on: September 15, 2011, 06:44:17 pm

Wearables Masterclass with Kate Hartman
When: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 7-10pm
Instructor: Kate Hartman
Price: $45 ($35 members)

About the workshop: This workshop will provide a follow up to the Intro to Wearable Technologies & Soft Circuits and Intro to Lilypad Arduino. Advanced wearable techies or those with related experience are also welcome. Moving beyond the basics, we'll delve into the specifics of designing and troubleshooting wearable tech projects. This includes criteria for choosing parts and materials; approaches for developing more sophisticated behaviours through the use of sensors, actuators, and code; and strategies for creating works that are responsive, robust, and resilient.

Participants should come with the following:

    The kit used in the Intro to Lilypad Arduino workshop or a similar collection of parts
    A project in mind and any progress they've made with it so far, whether it be a sketch, a bag of parts, or even a first prototype.

About the instructor: KATE HARTMAN is an artist, technologist, and educator whose work spans the fields of physical computing, wearable electronics, and conceptual art. She is the co-creator of Botanicalls, a system that lets thirsty plants place phone calls for human help, and the Lilypad XBee, a sewable radio transceiver that allows your clothing to communicate. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured in the New York Times, the BBC, the CBC and NPR and, in books such as Fashionable Technology and Art Science Now. She was recently a speaker at TED 2011 and her work is currently on view in Talk to Me at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Hartman is based in Toronto where she is the Assistant Professor of Wearable & Mobile Technology in the Digital Futures program at OCAD University.

http://www.katehartman.com
27  Community / Workshops and Events / Lilypad Arduino and Soft Circuits Workshops in Toronto on: September 15, 2011, 06:43:15 pm
Intro to Wearable Technology & Soft Circuits
When: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 7-10pm

Instructors: Erin Lewis & Ken Leung
Price: $45 ($35 members)

About the workshop: Soft circuits are electronic circuits made wearable through the use of conductive thread and conductive fabric. In wearable electronics, circuitry design and application are made with the body in mind.

This workshop will introduce you to the world of wearable conductive materials as well as specific techniques for their application on the body. You will learn to construct soft analog components such as wearable switches, flex and force sensors, soft pressure matrices and even fuzzy, directional 'stroke' sensors. You will also learn to think about the body and its movements in an entirely different way: as a means to actuate electronics!

This workshop is great for crafters, makers, DIYers, electronic hobbyists, and anyone looking to include the dimension of the body and soft analog electronics into their projects.

About the instructors:

ERIN LEWIS is an emerging artist who is currently studying Integrated Media at OCAD University, with a minor in Wearable Technology. She works predominately with electronics and video in an installation setting. Erin has released video work with the National Film Board of Canada, exhibited work in Nuit Blanche, and conducted live video performances across Toronto and Europe. She enjoys grapes, kittens, and real-time data feeds.

KEN LEUNG is a multidisciplinary designer and artist residing in Toronto with strong interests in wearable technology, physical computing, and interface design. Ken's interactive work has been exhibited at Nuit Blanche, The Gladstone Hotel, and Harbourfront Center, and he is currently working with the Mobile Experience Lab and Social Body Lab at OCAD on various locative and wearables projects. Ken has a background in Psychology, computer programming, digital media, and Industrial design.

Intro to Lilypad Arduino
When: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 7-10pm

Instructors: Erin Lewis & Ken Leung
Price: $45 ($35 members)

About the workshop: The Lilypad Arduino is a programmable microcontroller specially designed for use in wearable tech and e-textiles projects.

In this workshop, we will introduce you to the Lilypad and its suite of sensors and accessories, teach you how to interface the Lilypad with soft circuits, and guide you through the basics of writing Arduino code to add fun interactive behaviors to your wearables projects. Hands-on exercises and a variety of example projects will be used to explore the exciting possibilities of this technology.

Participants will be working with Lilypad Arduinos and a variety of other materials like LEDs and sensors. Participants can purchase a kit containing all these goodies at InterAccess and take it home with them following the workshop, or simply use materials that will be on hand. The kits can be purchased at cost from InterAccess for $50. Kits contain: an FTDI breakout board, a Lilypad Arduino, a mini USB cable, a button board, a bobbin of conductive thread, a light sensor, a battery holder and a selection of LEDs.
28  Using Arduino / Audio / Sparkfun Midi Shield on: July 30, 2011, 04:25:17 am
Just got the Sparkfun Midi Shield...
Are the buttons and pots not connected to any pins?

http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9595
29  Community / Workshops and Events / Re: Searching for someone that could talk to us about Arduino on: June 19, 2011, 11:51:03 pm
I wish, but not any time soon!
30  International / Español / ¿Eventos en Madrid? on: June 07, 2011, 04:46:41 pm
Hola,
Me voy a Madrid este verano. ¿hay eventos para artistas electrónicas durante el Agusto? (talleres, exhibiciónes, etc.)
Ya escribé Dorkbot Madrid, pero creo que no functiona nada más.  Hay MediaLab Prado, pero ese es la única otra organizacion que conozco. 
Hay otras?


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