Focus Groups

Knitting with Felting Wool

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Working with the Yeoman Felting Wool at summer camp was great, and inspired me to continue experimenting after camp ended. It’s fun to make detailed colorful designs, which I loaded using img2track software and a hacked cable. But there are … Continue reading

Documentation: Industrialization

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Our focus group was interested in the stumbling blocks preventing e-textiles using the techniques used by those at camp from being manufactured for the mass market. We all came from different backgrounds with different experiences in manufacturing electronics or textiles. … Continue reading

Documentation: Travelling Pattern

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This knitted fabric, that collects traditional pattern from places the wearer has visited, as well as sound and language, that will be played when the spectator comes closer Image created with a collection of traditionnal pattern. The first one in … Continue reading

Documentation: Make your tech and wear/use it too?

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In the Focus group, we did some discussions on future fields of wearables of the future. We used speculative design as a method to imagine contexts of wearables. We wanted to think apart from wellness sensors and monitoring devices. We … Continue reading

Documentation: Tools For Practitioners

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Irene and Hannah >> Tools We Want What kinds of specialized tools could E-Textile practitioners use? Being an interdisciplinary trade, many tools of our trade come from either electrical engineering or textile practices. Can we imagine and build unique tools … Continue reading

Educational Toolkits Outcome

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Before heading to Paillard this summer, a collection of focus groups was compiled by the camp organizers. As a participant, we were able to choose one of these groups to explore, discuss, and prototype a specific etextile topic in more … Continue reading

Knitting Afterparty 2: Another Board for KH-940

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In the preparation for the Knitting Geeks there was a participant mentioning making a new version of the board for loading images to the KH-940 with a Teensy 3.1 instead of an Arduino Due. (The Due is used for existing … Continue reading

Knitting Afterparty

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The summer in Paillard was having familiar Dutch features. For a few days it was not summer at all. Participants tried to shop socks at the knitting nest in the main theater. The knitters had to disappoint the customers. In … Continue reading

Go Small Go Wireless Outcome – Other Boards

> Other Wireless Modules X-OSC x-OSC is a wireless I/O board that provides just about any software with access to 32 high-performance analogue/digital channels and on-board sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer) via OSC messages over WiFi. There is no user programmable … Continue reading

Go Small Go Wireless Outcome – summercamp

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> Example use at the summercamp Fabric circuit   example-use with ESP-12 Go to Examples/ esp-mqtt-arduino and open mqtt-pub. (if you added the library while running the IDE, restart the IDE so it recognizes the added library) this sketch publishes … Continue reading

Go Small Go Wireless Outcome – MQTT

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> what is MQTT? what is mosquitto? MQTT (formerly MQ Telemetry Transport) is a publish-subscribe based “light weight” messaging protocol for use on top of the TCP/IP protocol. It is designed for connections with remote locations where a “small code … Continue reading

Go Small Go Wireless Outcome – ESP8266

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> Introduction to ESP8266 What is ESP8266? “ESP8266 is a highly integrated chip designed for the needs of a new connected world. It offers a complete and self-contained Wi-Fi networking solution, allowing it to either host the application or to … Continue reading

Go Small Go Wireless Outcome – Network 101

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> network 101 Here is a short network-101 which shows some basics about wireless networks, Accesspoints and general Network infrastructure. 1. IP-Address Each device in a network is identified by a unique number, the IP-Address (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_address). The network can be … Continue reading

Go Small Go Wireless Outcome

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Outline of the project/ Focusgroup-goal When working with eTextiles on the body, we tend to need to access the textile (either used as a sensor or an actuator) wirelessly with a portable power supply. There are many solutions like bluetooth … Continue reading

Documenting Knitting Group

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Content: (work in progress) Discussion Ways to transfer an image to the knitting machine Micro Explorations Fitting an ATtiny85 inside a bigger knitting Vertical weaving of the ATtiny connection (coming) Felting wool Elastic thread (coming) Capacitor knittings (coming) Loud speaker … Continue reading

Knowledge Buffet- share the outcome!

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We would like to see the outcome of the group project as some form of hands-on activity rather than “presentation”. This can be a workshop, discussion session, full scale performance or installation where the other participants can fully experience the … Continue reading

Make your tech and wear/use it too?

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Why are we developing solutions to embed electronics in textiles if we’re not really interested in having this kind of technology in our lives. Lets get together and think about what we really want to exist in the world. And … Continue reading

Sustainable eTextiles

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Sustainability is a big issue when it comes to any design process, so as the eTextiles. There has been many attempt with eTextiles and energy harvesting in the field. As textiles are often used to cover surfaces everywhere, it has … Continue reading

Educational Toolkits

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Many summer camp participants are engaged in education, from university lecturers to workshop leaders at youth centers. As the practice of eTextiles combines knowledge from various disciplines, teaching eTextiles requires educators to cover various topics, such as textile techniques, electronics, … Continue reading

Go small Go wireless

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  As we desire to seamlessly embed the electronics within our eTextiles projects, we often seek for small but powerful computation or small and energy efficient solutions. Lilypad to Teensey, there are many choices, but what do you choose? and … Continue reading

*Geek Out*: Knitting Electronics

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Open source digital knitting machines enabled us to precisely design the patterns, convert any data into knit and feed the pattern line by line in real time. At last year’s summer camp, we had many digital knitting machines. Can we … Continue reading

*Geek Out*: Printing

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  Every year, there has been many expert printers at the summer camp. This year, we ask you to go wild and push the boundaries of what you can do with printing and eTextiles. From printing thermochromic ink to conductive … Continue reading

Tools for Practitioners

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  What kinds of specialized tools could E-Textile practitioners use? Being an interdisciplinary trade, many tools of our trade come from either electrical engineering or textile practices. Can we imagine and build unique tools that would fulfill needs unique to … Continue reading

Industrialization

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  Unlike few years ago, eTextiles in market is becoming a norm now. Many of us are engaged in the process of turning the one-off eTextile prototypes to mass-producible product. What are the process of this translation? What kind of … Continue reading