Wearable Technology Classes in Toronto

Hi all,
I'll be teaching a series of three workshops in Toronto, Canada , each related to Wearable Tech. Please see below for the workshop descriptions.

Wearable Technology 1: Intro to Soft Circuits
When: Thursday, May 10, 2012. 7-10pm
Instructor: Erin Lewis
Price: $45 ($35 members) + materials.

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 instructor: 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.

Wearable Technology 2: Intro to Lilypad Arduino
When: Thursday, May 17, 2012. 7-10pm
Instructor: Erin Lewis
Price: $45 ($35 members) + $35 Lilypad hardware purchase

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.

This workshop is suitable for people with no previous knowledge of the Arduino microcontroller, and is a good introduction to the world of Arduino in general.

About the material fee: We have made the option to include the cost of purchasing a Lilypad microcontroller and FTDI adapter in the fee. Because the Lilypad is designed to be sewn into wearables applications, we recommend that every participant in the workshop own their own Lilypad to work on and take home at the end of the workshop. The FTDI adapter allows your Lilypad arduino to communicate with your computer via a USB key. If you already have a Lilypad, then you can check the option to pay only the course fee, and bring your own hardware.

Wireless Communications: Xbee & Arduino
When: Tuesday, May 22, 2012. 7-10pm
Instructor: Erin Lewis
Price: $45 ($35 for members) + $55 Xbee hardware purchase

About the workshop: Tired of being tethered to the computer? Make your projects wireless using Xbee radios! Xbees are low-cost, easy to configure, and offer reliable communication between devices. In this workshop we'll work in pairs and small groups to play with different possible setups using Xbees and Arduinos. We'll look at a wide range of art projects and hacks that use Xbees and Arduinos together, so you'll walk away with plenty of ideas for your new-found knowledge. This will be a fun, participatory workshop that will ultimately break you free of your dependency on being hard-wired.

About the material fee: This workshop will require that each participant have an X-Bee wireless module. Our hardware purchase cost includes the X-Bee module and an Arduino wireless/SD shield, which allows the xBee to connect to the Arduino microcontroller. This hardware is for participants to keep. We will provide Arduino microcontrollers for the class. If you already have XBee hardware, you can select the option to pay only the course fee.