Category Archives: Physical Computing

From Spacesuits to High Fashion: A hands-on introduction to e-textiles

E-Textiles Workshop

For 21+

e-textiles

Elegant and sophisticated wearable technology from cutting edge fashion designers Pankaj and Nidhi. Their glowing geometric dress from the SS12 show at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. More on their website pankajnidhi com.

Join Vermont Makers for the Art Under the Influence Series with the South End Arts and Business Association (SEABA)

Thursday February 13, 2014
6-8pm
Drink, St. Paul Street, Burlington
$40
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What are e-textiles?

The emerging field of e-textiles is exciting, fun, beautiful and overflowing with opportunities for innovation. E-textiles are articles of clothing, home furnishings and architecture that include embedded computational and electronic elements. Other examples are military uniforms, sportswear and portable medical devices. *

While this may be the first you’ve heard of e-textiles, the field is growing – the wearable electronics business is expected to grow from a 14 billion dollar industry in 2014 to 70 billion in 2024. **

spacesuit

Familiar and unfamiliar: An X-ray of the suit that Alan B. Shepard wore on the Moon during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. New York Times

What to expect at this workshop

Join us on February 13 to sew and design your own e-textile project. Be the first person on your block to sew a circuit! You may use the materials we provide or bring your own material or clothing.

This workshop will get you started on your project and show some of the exciting e-textile projects under development at the MIT Media Lab. We’ll also share resources with you to support your interest in e-textiles beyond this workshop.

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 More Information

Stainless Steel Conductive thread by Adafruit Industries. You can also find this thread at SparkFun Electronics

Stainless steel conductive thread by Adafruit Industries. You can also find conductive thread at SparkFun Electronics

Learn more about e-textiles

Learn more about the series

Art Under the Influence is a production of the South End Arts & Business Association. Sponsored by Switchback Brewing Company and hosted by Drink! 


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References

* Beuchley, Leah and Peppler, Kylie, eds.,Textile Messages: Dispatches From the World of E-Textiles and Education, (Peter Lang), 2013.

**Harrop ,Peter and Das, Raghu and Chansin, Guillaume. E-textiles, wearable electronics, medical diagnostics, smart glasses, smart wristbands and more, IDTechEx .http://www.idtechex.com/research/reports/wearable-technology-2014-2024-technologies-markets-forecasts-000379.asp

 

New (and Not So New): Techniques and Technologies for Flexible, Printable, even Paintable Circuits

Please join us for the first Vermont Makers Meetup of 2013! We are excited to have three local presenters who are passionate about flexible, printable and paintable circuits. For a preview of this meetup see this recent interview with Molly Smith of WCAX.

New (and Not So New):

Techniques and Technologies for Flexible, Printable, even Paintable Circuits
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Time: 7pm. This is a 1.5 – 2 hour event
Suggested donation at door: $5 – $15
Miller Center, Champlain College
175 Lakeside Avenue, Burlington, VT

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Michael Metz will share his 35+ years experience working in the world of printable electronics. Topics covered will include: the history of printable electronics, materials used, printing techniques, current  applications, revolutionary new technologies and emerging applications.

Chris Thompson will show his recent experiments in producing do-it-yourself printed circuit boards. He will demonstrate his technique using desktop illustration software and a CNC vinyl cutter to produce these flexible, adhesive PC boards from copper foil.

Ken Howell will show some of the ways artists and designers are using conductive materials to build working circuits on flexible substrates. We’ll look at what’s available and try out some materials to build a simple circuit or two at the meetup.

We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you to Champlain College’s MFA in Emergent Media Program for hosting this event.

E-origami Workshop Recap and Teaching Materials

Thank you to everyone who joined us for an E-Origami workshop with SparkFun’s Jeff Branson! Thank you Jeff and SparkFun! We explored a whole new set of tools for both learning and teaching concepts in electronics. In the coming months we hope workshop participants will find opportunities to further explore and share this unique practice that combines the ancient art of origami with emerging technology.

Zombie Head

Bright Fold

Thanks to this event’s sponsors:
SparkFun Electronics, Champlain College’s MFA in Emergent Media, and Sesemedia New Media.

New Workshop! | E-origami: The Intersection of Craft and Technology

E-origami: The Intersection of Craft and Technology
A workshop with SparkFun’s Jeff Branson
Miller Center Champlain College
175 Lakeside Avenue, Burlington, VT

Monday, January 21, 2013

4pm – 6pm
Fee: $35
This workshop is full!
Today Jan 21: If you have already signed up for this workshop and have a question you must ask before the workshop begins, please text your question to 802-238-7768. This workshop if full. Thanks!

By combining the ancient art of origami with emerging technology we can explore a whole new set of tools for both learning and teaching concepts in electronics. In this workshop we’ll explore embedding controllers, building switches, conductive thread, and conductive ink as materials. We’ll also look at the more traditional paper techniques as applied to the creation of more interactive crafts.

flapping crane

Sponsored by SparkFun Electronics, Champlain College’s MFA in Emergent Media, and Sesemedia New Media.

SparkFun Raises Funds to Bring Inventors Kits to Vermont

Our friends at SparkFun are raising money state-by-state to donate training and Inventors Kits to students. For every $3,000 raised by Vermont for Vermont, a team of highly trained instructors will travel to Vermont (possibly your town) and donate a SparkFun Inventor’s Kit Lab Pack – $1,250 worth of tools and equipment. Here are the details straight from them and a link to the initiative. Funding ends on December 19, 2012. It would be great if we could at least raise $3,000 from Vermont.

sparkfun national tour

“In today’s global climate, education in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) initiatives is more important than ever. The goal of the SparkFun National Tour is to promote electronics education across the US – helping our teachers and educators make electronics part of their everyday curriculum. If we reach our $150,000 goal, SparkFun will complete a nationwide tour stopping in all 50 states to teach electronics in a fun, approachable and relevant way.

[SparkFun is] keeping track of where donations are coming from to help us plan our tour. Here’s a map of all the money raised so far by state: Click here for an interactive map and project details