Come build a shirt that sings when you’re squeezed, a purse that sounds an alarm when someone touches it, or a jacket that shines and sparkles at your command. This workshop will guide you through the process of building an interactive garment that incorporates touch sensors, light, and sound.
During the workshop you will learn how to use the LilyPad Arduino toolkit to design, build, and program your own soft electronic fashion. You’ll play with sewable computers, conductive fabric, conductive thread, LEDs, and speakers. You’ll be introduced to the Arduino programming environment and be guided through the process of designing an interactive garment, building it, and writing programs to control it.
The workshop will also provide you with support to continue your exploration in this area, including information about where to purchase supplies, where to get help, and how to wash and care for garments.
*There will be an additional parts fee for this workshop (no more than USD100).
Leah Buechley is an Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab where she directs the High-Low Tech research group. The High-Low Tech group explores the integration of high and low technology from cultural, material, and practical perspectives, with the goal of engaging diverse groups of people in developing their own technologies. Leah is a well-known expert in the field of electronic textiles (e-textiles), and her work in this area includes developing a method for creating cloth printed circuit boards (fabric PCBs) and designing the commercially available LilyPad Arduino toolkit. Her research has been featured in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Popular Science, CRAFT Magazine, Journal of Architectural Design, Denver Post, and the Taipei Times. Buechley received PhD and MS degrees in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in physics from Skidmore College.
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