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Title: Integrated Circuit Button Credits: Becky Stewart with assistance from Berit Greinke Year of Invention: 2016 Description: Clothing button that acts as a PCB socket housing to integrate inflexible circuit boards into a textile circuit without impeding the functionality of the clothing. Materials: 3D printed plastic, metal turned pin socket Techniques: 3D printing, hand construction References/Inspirations: See the blog post for details, but in summary the motivation was drawn from different form factors for chip sockets. Dimensions (in cm): The button is 3cm x 3cm x 2cm Link(s): http://blog.theleadingzero.com/2015/12/creativeworks-london-project-iteration-1/, http://blog.theleadingzero.com/2016/01/creativeworks-london-project-iteration-2/ Important 2016 Dates: Supported by Creativeworks London Entrepreneur-in-Residence Scheme Round 3 in 2015 and shown…

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Credits: Becca Rose Year of Invention: 2016 Description: This is a sample of some of the wonderful ways that non-diffused-LEDs can be diffused through different materials. I made it as a response to making a piece of work with diffused light last year. Materials: Various papers, various fabrics, LED, copper tape. Techniques: References/Inspirations (where applicable): Dimensions (in cm): Coming soon! Link(s): More info on diffusion: Coming soon! Work from last year: Coming soon! Photo (of sample swatch): Coming soon! Circuit Diagram (where applicable): Coming soon!

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Credits: Martin De Bie Year of Invention: 2016 Description: Nonwoven homemade piezo resistive material. By using the technique of making cotton paper mixed with graphite powder, i manage to create a piezo resistive material which can easily replace expensive material like Eonyx. This process is the continuity of  an experimentation made with students (Céleste Teikiteetini and Jules Lobgeois) during a workshop that i lead this year. Materials: paper pulp, fabric, cotton, graphite powder Techniques: Cotton paper pulp process References/Inspirations (where applicable): http://papierboiscarton.hybridprocess.org/category/sensitive_pulp/ Dimensions (in cm): soon Link(s): soon Photo (of sample swatch): soon Circuit Diagram (where applicable):

Credits: Mika Satomi Year of Invention: 2016 Description: Resistive motion sensor Materials: Eeonnyx non woven resistive fabric 20K Techniques: fusing, sewing, vinyl cutting Dimensions (in cm): 10cm x 10cm Link(s): Photo (of sample swatch): Photo of applied project

Title: Epaulette Credits: Beam Year of Invention: 2016 Description: This swatch is a prototype for an interactive shoulder pad. It is a RGBpixel-Knitting with 3 tactile patches. A solo RGB Neopixel and a SMD Attiny85 fit tightly together and becomes a very small but powerfull combination. In this swatch three triangular patches can be touched resulting in 3 analog resistance values which are mapped to the RGB values of the Neopixel, inside the circular knitted patch. Runs on a 3V coin battery. Materials: Non conductive yarn (dark), middle patch: conductive thread – copper woven, outer 2 patches: Nm10/3 conductive yarn….

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Credits: Aniela Hoitink Year of Invention: 2013 Description: An applique made of magnetic rubber to which a pattern of iron-rubber is sticked on to. The applique is inspired by a broken glass pattern and the rubber is an enlarged water cristal. Materials: Textile (not too thin), magnetic rubber, dremel, old scissors, needle and yarn for the textile & iron powder, liquid latex, corn starch, plastic to make pattern on for the magnetic print. References: Jennifer Leary, she taught me how (during a workshop) Dimensions: aprox. 14 x 17 cm Link(s): http://www.ferrofabric.com/ http://www.zijdelings.eu/Experimenting-with-Magnetic-Field-Printing-Techniques.html http://e-magnetsuk.com/magnet_products/flexible_rubber_magnets/coloured_vinyl_faced_sheets.aspx?Keyword=ER30 Sample swatch: Making process: First design a…

Sound Direction Prototype

Credits: Becky Stewart Year of Invention: 2014 Description: An audio panning circuit that redirects the audio from the left channel of a stereo audio jack to the left, right, or both ears of the output socket. This a part of a larger project using analog audio signal processing to introduce e-textiles. The full project down-mixes a stereo audio signal to mono and then pans that signal, left, right, or center. This swatch doesn’t include the mixer and instead only pans a single audio channel. To interact with the swatch, plug the jack into an audio source like a phone or music player…

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Title: Movement in pieces of knit Credits: Audrey Briot Year of Invention: 2015 Description: A piece of knitting is composed of pockets or increases which creates volumes. These excrescences articulate the knit thanks to memory wires. Materials: Brother KH-940 Knitting machine, natural materials like wool or cotton, memory wires, hair dryer or a battery.  Techniques: knitting, pockets, increases and folds References/Inspirations (where applicable): Melissa Coleman- Twitch Knit    Link(s):http://audreybriot.fr/en/projets/mouvement.html   Photo (of sample swatch): Video : similare in weaving : https://vimeo.com/126321735

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        Credits: Lara Grant Year of Invention: 2015 Description:  This swatch is a the end result of an how-to kit that creates a simple oscillator using a CD40106 IC. Through instructional prints on the fabric, the student is instructed on how to construct a X and Y matrix using conductive yarn with a template sandwiched in between. The template allows the intersecting columns and rows to make contact through pressure, creating a matrix of different resistances that translate to different frequencies. The student will learn where to place the battery snap, IC board, capacitor, 1/8″ jack and where to start and end…

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Title: Sensor Mechanics: Lacing Credits: Liza Stark Year of Invention: 2015 Description: This swatch uses hook-and-eye closures that can act as a sequence of switches or sensors to detect tightness. The more you pull, the brighter the LEDs become. It is part of a series of exercises that pulls brainstorming techniques from game design into computational craft practices. I begin by looking at the mechanics of an interaction, then translating it into a sensor. More often than not in game design, you start with the interaction – the core mechanic – that will be at the center of your system….

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Title: Sensory Swatch Credits: Emilie Giles 
Year of Invention: 2014 Description:
  This swatch is based on those created by participants over a one year research project led by Dr Janet van der Linden and Emilie Giles, working with blind and visually impaired people to create small woven pieces that contain both conductive and non conductive yarns, threads and fibres. Over the project we have led workshops with blind, visually impaired and deafblind participants through charities including Sense and the Royal National Institute of Blind People – introducing people to eTextiles and discussing with them their potential uses. Due to their…

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  Credits: Pauline Vierne Year of Invention: 2015 Description: For this swatch sample I use a knitting technique which aims to provide a “fur effect” by creating loops on one side. This time, instead of covering the whole surface with loops, the loops divided into two groups. Because of conductive yarn within these two parts, the pattern becomes a switch when we stroke the surface. This project is still in development, I am still trying different ways to make the loops and the pattern. Materials: Cotton and Mohair knitting yarns, Statex Shieldex Techniques: Knitted on a double bed Brother KH…

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Title: trembling structure Credits: Anja Hertenberger Year of Invention: 2015 Description: Last year at the summer camp I got inspired by the workshop of Lucie Viry. She showed us how to work with eco flex silicon. How to combine flexible and not flexible material, conductive and non conductive material. In my sample trembling structure I work with different layers using conductive fabrices to make graphical structures as well conductive lines. The battery is embedded in the sample. If you press on it it will close the electronic circuit and the the pager motor starts to tremble. Materials: Sorta Clear 37,…

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Title: Transient Conductivity Credits: Giulia Tomasello Year of Invention: 2014 – 2015 Description: Making yeast base and hacking his process of growth with graphite, in order to play with conductive self-generation. With this project I aim to discuss the future of conductivity. Including mindful design approaches for sustainable e-textiles and diving into how technology will change the industry and at the same time benefit the planet, I want to create a smart material that it’s conductive and biodegradable. II approach : develop a new battery or way to store energy that it’s biodegradable following cycling, reversibility, compatibility for smart textiles applications; high efficiencies for energy recovery. Taking inspiration from…

Alpenperser 2000 swatches

by Hannah Perner-Wilson, 2015 It’s the year 2000, we clad ourselves in the highest tech clothing that cools us when we’re hot, heats us when we’re cold and makes us smell nice always. But even high tech clothing becomes old, gets passed down and donated until nobody will wear it, and then what? Nothing all that new; Our worn-out futuristic garments get woven into electronic rag rugs. Weaving rugs from scrap fabrics has tradition in Austria and they are known as Fleckerlteppiche or Alpenperser. The Alpenperser2000 is a rag rug woven from combined strips of conductive and non-conductive fabrics. Not…

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Credits: Tincuta Heinzel in collaboration with ATRG – Nottingham Trent University, (UK). Year of Invention: 2015   Description: The present sample is part of a research project which looks to develop a series of graphic (embroidered/printed/knitted) textile based sensors that could function both as manuals (guides) for the construction of such textiles based sensors, as well as signage for announcing the presence of such sensors into the structure of the textiles (fabrics). It is about the development of a repertory of such sensors, where their graphical form serve also as information sign.   Sample: The two samples I present here are temperature sensors based on…

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Title: Textilo Credits: JB Labrune & Martin De Bie Year of Invention: 2015 Description: Textilo is a simple board in fabric with an oscillator circuit made with a couple of components and a 555 timer. The purpose of this board is to allow people to have a small board ready to use to make some experiment with eTextile. Materials: Neoprene, FlecTron copper fabric, electronic components Techniques: We make a circuit with conductive fabric, glue with fusible interface, cut with laser cut or a plotter. And after we iron it to the neoprene to solder directly components. References/Inspirations: Nwanua Elumeze : Aniomagic Leah Buechley : Soft Lilypad Jay…

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Credits: Isabel Cabral, A. P. Souto and Linda Worbin    Year of Invention: 2015   Description: When light passes through a translucent substrate, it can be partially transmitted, resulting in transmittance and depending on the proportion absorbed. This swatch is part of ongoing research that explores expression possibilities of light transmittance patterns. The study addresses textile morphologies based on origami tessellation techniques that design structures with different number of layers. These layers unevenly transform the fraction of light that goes through them. Combining the textile origami with 1 LED and reflective foil, different expressions are attained in regards to placement and direction…

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Title: Illuminated Patchwork Credits: Barbro Scholz Year of Invention: 2015, ongoing Description: Optical fiber fabric with common fabrics are combined in a patchwork material. Materials: Optical weave, fabrics CO/LI, padding, LED, silver thread Techniques: patchwork Dimensions (in cm): ca 10*10 cm  Photo (of sample swatch):  

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Credits: Svenja Keune Within my work I focus on how to cover, how to integrate electronics into surfaces or installations. As I did a residence at the Porcelain factory Kahla just one week ago: So my swatches will concentrate on porcelain. They will contain a collection of LED´s that you can test with a 3V coin cell. The porcelain beads have certain effects on the LED´s and you can feel the difference between glazed and unglazed, different shapes and surfaces. I will also provide some earlier works with heatshrink. Year of Invention: 2010–2015 Description: LED´s integrated and modified with different…

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Credits: Claire Williams Year of Invention: 2014 Description: This is a knitted antenna that can be connected to an amplifier or a sound recording device with speakers or headphones. It will reveal the electromagnetic frequency’s surrounding you that come from electronic appliances, motors, neons lights, am radio waves etc… It can  range from frequencies of 3Ghz to 3Khz depending on the size and number of rows/stitches. This textile will take you throughout a walk to experience an unexpected sound environment. This sample is extracted from a artistic research project of knitted antennas. Materials: Enamelled copper wire, cotton Em amplifier material :…

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Credits: Irene Posch Year of Invention: 2014/2015 Description: This prototype of an eTextiles Tester tool allows for easy continuity testing and applying of 3V to textile electronic artefacts. Unlike the common use of crocodile clips, the needle pin probes of this tool are gentle and precise to connect to the textile material. The mode can be switched between applying 3V or testing continuity. If there is a connection between the two probes and LED light indicates that. It is also small enough to be carried around when on the search for new materials. Materials: needle pins, LED, 3D print, felt, braided rope, conductive…

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Credits: Ebru Kurbak, Irene Posch Year of Invention: 2015 Description: This swatch shows an embroidered textile bit. The bit can be controlled electromagnetically. In applying power, e.g. switching the electromagnetic field created in the coil, the magnetic bead can be flipped. The creation of the 1-Bit Textile is part of a bigger research into creating electronic components from scratch though textile routines. The research forms the basis for future investigations into crafting textile actuators, to create display elements, storage elements, relays and other moving elements. Materials: fabric, yarn, magnetic bead, paint,  copper wire Techniques: embroidery Dimensions: 10 x 10cm Link: www.stitchingworlds.net Photo: Circuit Diagram:

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Title: Crochet cell coin battery holder Credits: POPKALAB (Ricardo O’Nascimento & Tineke Van Hilten) Year of Invention: 2015 Description: This is a fast and easy to make a battery holder for 3v cell coin batteries using “crochet in the round” technique. The step by step tutorial is on this link: http://www.popkalab.com/crochetbatteryholder Materials: conductive yarn, cotton yarn, LED & cotton fabric. Techniques: Crochet in the round and embroidering. References/Inspirations (where applicable): Dimensions (in cm): 2,5 x 2,5 x 0,8 cm Photo (of sample swatch):

Title: Hand Woven Waffle Fabric Sensor Credits: Mika Satomi Year of Invention: 2012 Description: This was first developed as a part of “Involving The Machine” collection conductive textiles. It is a waffle weave pattern textile made with resistive yarn as weft threads and mercerised cotton yarn as warp threads. As the waffle construction keeps the 3D structure of the textile, it works as a resistive sensor sensitive to pressure, bend and other kinds of manipulation on the textile surfaces. The textile was woven on the 8 shaft dobby table loom, with warp count 12/cm. The original “Involving The Machine” collection…

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Credits: Sara Robertson Year of Invention: 2015 The swatch is a liquid crystal colour wheel, which is designed to show how the ‘colour play’ of a thermochromic liquid crystal changes on different coloured backgrounds. 1. Black with 25*C liquid crystal 2. Rust with 25*C + 35*C liquid crystal 3. Orange with red 40*C leuco thermochromic + yellow + 25*C liquid crystal 4. Rust with 25*C liquid crystal 5. Orange with 25*C liquid crystal 6. Red 40*C leuco thermochromic with 25*C liquid crystal 7. Magenta 37*C leuco thermochromic with 25*C liquid crystal 8. Purple with 25*C + 35*C liquid crystal 9….

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Credits: EJTech – Esteban de la Torre, Judit Eszter Karpati Year of Invention: 2015 Description: Screen-printed cotton canvas reacts to the light emitted by a LED.  Use it to draw or write directly on the textile. When the light source is removed, it will return to its clear state. Transformation by repetition. Observing repetition as a new beginning every time, instead of a monotone act of the same thing over and over again. Repetition. Materials: Photochromic Ink, UV LED Techniques: Screenprint References/Inspirations: Inspired by the spiritual practice of drawing Enso and the importance of calligraphy in zen Buddism. The creation and destruction of sand mandalas in tibetan Buddhism, and the doctrinal…

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Title: Dynamic print Credits: Celine Marcq Year of Invention: 2014 – 2015 Description: This piece of material is a naturally alive textile which proposed to revisit the traditional CMYK process printing technique with thermochromic inks. Made out of four coloured layers : Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and black, spread onto the surface at a specific angle, this sample aims at recreating a picture with a photographic precision. The use of reactive inks and materials (thermochromics, dichroic smart film) aims to give a life to the surface which can change appearance with temperature or just by moving it.   Materials: Non Woven,…

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Credits: Beam Year of Invention: 2015 Description: Hitting Knitting Flashes LED. Counterintuitive: operates without closed circuit. (Not for charging cell phones!) Materials: Outside- different polyester yarns, inside polyester amoflex and paper on aluminum, rectifier bridge, bright LED Techniques: Lace knitting with polyester thread on KH-940, inside, sandwich of polyester foil and paper, backside aluminum tape, connected to a rectifier bridge with an LED. Flash – energy comes from friction or potential energy (distance variation). References/Inspirations: tribo-electric effect: http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/132492/p29-villar.pdf http://www.disneyresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/Project_PaperGenerators_uist2013_paper1.pdf Dimensions: 160 x 110 mm Link: Making of: https://myfablab.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/knitting-the-2015-swatch/ https://myfablab.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/linking-the-2015-swatch/ Preliminary research on different materials: (from Summercamp 2013 and 2014 Doggy…

zero-waste-swatch

Credits: Meg Grant Year of Invention: 2014 Description: One of the tasks of a good pattern-maker is to optimize pattern piece layout to reduce waste.  If you loved playing Tetris, you will love pattern layout!  In the garment industry, a few centimeters can translate to measurable savings when scaled up for production. Over the last decade or so, a small but exciting movement called Zero-waste has grown among apparel designers.  The off-cuts, selvedge edges and “negative space” of pattern layout are often used decoratively in zero-waste design, but the most exciting part is when the geometry of flat pattern pieces…