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Credits: Adrian Freed Year of Invention: 2017 Description: Rectangular grids are dominant forms in electronics and textiles. Triaxial grids have not been explored in e-textile work so this breadboard is offered to begin these explorations. Triaxial grids sample the plane with higher density and the availability of whug connections as well as warp and woof simplifies circuits by providing a natural power/ground/signal triple. Making: The basic 3x3x3 configuration is made by sticking conductive copper tape on strips of basket-weaving reed. This is intended to evoke the thousands of year old traditions of basket weaving and invite 3-d explorations. Card stock is easier to…

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Title: Vibrating Coil Credits: Claire Williams Year of Invention: 2016 Description: This vibrating coil resonates on a surface playing with different rhythms and percussions. Using the principal of the electromagnetic coil observed in speakers and solenoids, sound frequencies between 30-90 Hz will allow to control and activate this hand crafted artefact. These experimentations are part of a larger research shown throughout a electro-mechanical installation. amplifying and materializing sound and electromagnetic principals in a poetical way. It is an ongoing research conducted on crafting experimental textile coils, inspired among others, by the textile speakers experiments of Hannah Peter Wilson. References/Inspirations: -Textile…

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Title: Bits & Boobs Credits: Anna Blumenkranz Year of Invention: 2017 Description: A potentiometer inspired by burlesque nipple pasties and bra designs. The swinging conductive tassel in the middle of the pasties acts as a wiper, resistive Velostat immitates the bra form. Connect it to a lilypad and a speaker, and you will hear audio-output changing with the position of the tassel. This swatch is a part of an ongoing investigation into female body in connection with wearables and e-textiles. Unlike outerwear for men, designing interactive elements for female body can be quite tricky, as it involves taboos, awkwardness or…

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Description: Snap connectors 3D printed on top of conductive thread traces sewn onto a woven and knit fabric. Both the socket and the stud of the snap are printed out of conductive PLA filament. When snapped together the two traces and snap halves are electrically and mechanically connected.  Credits: Lara Grant Year of Invention: 2016 References/Inspirations: 3D printing onto Thermochromics by Lindsay Calder: https://codedchromics.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/3d-printing-onto-thermochromics-it-glows/ 3D printed Origami Textiles by Meg Grant: https://vimeo.com/44396648 Shirt Circuit DIY Wearable Breadboard Circuits byClement Zheng: https://www.instructables.com/id/Shirt-Circuit-DIY-Wearable-Breadboard-Circuits/ Knitted Breadboard by Irene Posch & Ebru Kurbak: http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/knitted-breadboard-and-punchcard/ # 3D printed Connector Using 3DMagic Filament by Rachel Freire (link to come) How to Print onto…

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Title: Tube Yarn Story Circuit Credits: Emilie Giles (with concept and design developed with Prof. Janet van der Linden and Prof. Marian Petre Year of Invention: 2017 Description: This swatch is based on participatory design workshops which I have been running with members of the BucksVision, a charity which provides services and events for blind and visually impaired people in Buckinghamshire, UK. The workshops form part of my PhD research around working with visually impaired people using e-textiles in a tactile way, and exploring how memories and stories can be reflected through soft, interactive fabric art pieces. The wires are…

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TITLE: Alive CREDITS: Giulia Tomasello YEAR OF INVENTION: 2017 DIMENSIONS:~10×10 DESCRIPTION: Growing bacteria to dye textiles. Bacterial dyes as an alternative, or an answer to many questions around the textile and clothing dyeing processes, providing a non-chemical solution and an organic natural cold dye bath. Focusing on one side to the creative living experimentation and on the other side exploring scalability, impact, and outcomes. Including mindful design approaches for sustainable e-textiles and bio-textiles, diving into how biotechnology will change the industry and at the same time benefit the planet. Work in progress – developing, researching and testing bacteria, nutrients, reactors, in order to change the color of…

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Credit: Audrey Briot Year of invention: 2015 – 2017 Dimensions: 9cm x 12 cm Description: Versatile comes to me as an interior of a transition space, maybe a concept-car inspired by beds “à la polonaise”. In this space you take the time to wake you up, the time to reach the surface… this surface is scattered by light, a light that crosses corals. Versatile is a module which evaluate with the surrounding. Imagine you in a cocooning space with this starry sky of these intelligent eyes above: at night, optic fibers plunge you into a luminous wave world . When the sun…

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Title: Pin Probe Credits: Irene Posch Year of Invention: 2014 – 2017 Description: The Pin Probe is a test lead to connect between a multimeter and conductive fabric or thread. The probe consists of a pin to make temporary but firm contact with textile materials without harming them. A soft and flexible textile cable then connects the probe to a banana plug to connect to a multimeter. The Pin Probe is designed to aid processes of textile electronic making, allowing to pin the probe to the textile material and have both hands free for the crafting routine. Directly while stitching…

*Credits : Maurin Donneaud, Cedric Honnet, Audrey Briot *Year of Invention : 2017 *Description : As part of a research on pressure sensitive textile matrices, we developed a new technique to improve the accuracy of the sensor. Composed of conductive strips arranged as grids, the sensor resolution is limited to 256 physicals sensors (16 by 16 matrix). To have a sensor of a convenient size (e.g. the width of the shoulders), the limited amount of stripes makes them a bit thicker than a finger width. This limitation makes the inter-strips gaps perceivable when sliding on the sensor. A physical interpolation…

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potential titles: Sticks and Seeds in a circuit, Tilting copper, “Tilting theory”, “Tilting objects”. Pauline Vierne 2017 – a swatch and its waste – average –   Description: In forests, cemeteries, on beaches, I collect wood, feathers, shells or little stones. Back home I keep them somewhere to remember the moments. There comes a desire to weave these memories into the everyday practice of electronic textiles. I think about adding a conductive layer to the materials for them to be part of a simple circuit. The parts of this tilt sensor are made of wooden sticks and seeds plated with “gold leaves”. The gold flakes are made…

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Credits: Martin De Bie Year of Invention: 2017 Dimensions (in cm): 4.0 x 5.2  Description: I always look after a way to make pcb with textile through a complete and perennial process. During long time, laser cutting and using fusible was the best way for me to make this circuit like textilo that i made two years ago for the swatchBook or for the workshop “Sensing EMFs through textiles” last year. But after few manipulation, the connection can break (1, 2) and it’s very fragile. So i decide to try other technics to consolidate the circuit. For the swatch book this year, i continue…

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WORKING TITLE: Centroid CREDITS: Becky Stewart YEAR OF INVENTION: 2017 DIMENSIONS: 100 x 100 x 2mm Description In order to apply gesture recognition to a grid of capacitive sensors, the signals need to be translated from one number for each individual sensor to a single X,Y pair of numbers representing the location of the touch. These steps are broken down in the below image. This swatch calculates the centroid, the mathematical center of the touched area on the sensor grid. The centroid is entirely calculated on the Arduino using the library at https://github.com/theleadingzero/centroid. The library includes examples sketches for visualising the touch…

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Title: At the Fringes Credits: Liza Stark Year of Invention: 2017 Description: Fringes hang beneath. They create the boundary between finished object and the outer world. They give movement to otherwise static textiles, unmasking the potential for action. This swatch employs a pulling mechanic to turn fringe into a switch. Ribbons, fabric scraps, and other textile leftovers are placed between two conductive patches drawn together by magnets. When pulled out, the patches make contact and trigger an LED. Each switch is part of a series of voltage dividers acting as a resistor ladder that allows multiple switches to exist on…

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Credits: Barbro Scholz Year of Invention: 2017 Description: The swatch is the result of the idea to use a printed detail giving tactile orientation on an e-textile surface to find a sensor underneath. One part of the swatch is a simple button as an example of a surface-activated sensor. On top of the button is the top fabric. The tactile orientation is a printed shape, guiding the finger to the area where the activation part of the button is placed. The study includes considerations of shapes for other sensors (figure 1 – 3 ), placement and substrate materials and is a continuation…

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  Title: HIDE AND SEEK Credits: Celine Marcq Year of Invention: 2017 Description: HIDE AND SEEK is the continuation of a project started two year ago which explores the potential of reactive inks to create dynamic prints for responsive and communicating surfaces. This sample is a interactive tool attempting to gather important material finding I had during my research. The result is a collection of dynamic prints made with different techniques (Screen printing, paper marbling) which, alone or on top of each other, let you play with natural (or artificial) light to create different optical effects. Indeed, the use of…

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TITLE: Amorphous Allotropes CREDITS: EJTECH /Esteban de la Torre and Judit Eszter Kárpáti/ YEAR OF INVENTION: 2016 DIMENSIONS: 10 x 10 x 0.5 cm  DESCRIPTION ’When carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen atoms bond in a certain way to form sugar, the resulting compound has a sweet taste. The sweetness resides neither in the C, nor in the O, nor in the H; it resides in the pattern that emerges from their interaction. It is an emergent property. Moreover, strictly speaking, is not a property of the chemical bonds. It is a sensory experience that arises when sugar molecules interact with the chemistry…

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Title: Layered Chromics Credits: Marta Kisand Year of Invention: 2017 Description: Layered chromics sample is a water and temperature combination affected textile sample. Depending on whether a warm (over 27 C) or cold (below 27 C) water touches the sample, a specific color and/or pattern appears.   The layered combination of the chromic inks is build up in 3 layers. First is a thermochromic magenta + blue pigment layer. Second is black thermochromic layer with a pattern. Third is all hydrochromic layer. 1st layer thermochromic magenta + blue pigment:   2nd layer black thermochromic layer with a pattern:   3rd layer is…

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Credits: Ricardo O’Nascimento, Kasia Molga & Erik Overmeire (ELECTRONUDES) Year of invention: 2017 Description:  This latex changes color when exposed to temperatures above 34 degrees going from a colorful mixture to a beige natural latex look. It can be used in combination with the heating circuit (link) to create drawings, patterns, and even animations. Step by Step Instructions: The thermochromic latex is made by mixing liquid latex and thermochromic ink ( it also works if you mix thermochromic powder). Mix the thermochromic ink with the latex. Do it slowly to avoid bubbles. After you have the correct color you should…

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Credits: Rachel Freire Year of Invention: 2017 Dimensions:12x12cm Description: Experimentation with 3D printing to create bonded seams between regular and printed stretch fabrics and how this can connect to conductive traces and garments. The intention is to eventually create 3D printed panels for pockets and traces which can be printed in slices to create volume. Printed on a Makerbot Rep2 as they are reasonably accessible and can be easily modified for stretch and conductive filament. work in progress images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelfreirestudio/albums/72157680164823752 related eTextile connectors: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelfreirestudio/albums/72157682001847945 References/Inspirations: Credit: Andreas Bastian, mesh design http://a360.co/2pEgkJn Inspiration: Lara Grant swatch exchange 2017: http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/conductive-snap-fabric/ Lara Grant’s…

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Credits: Aniela Hoitink Year of Invention: 2017 Description: Biodegradable conductive mycelium textile References/Inspirations: Initially I started using technology in textiles also as a way to make the consumer keep their clothes for a longer period of time. However seeing that people are buying a new mobile phone every year just to have the latest technology, it made me realize that this idea was not right. I wondered why we still are making clothes that should last for 40 years, even though we are wearing them for one or two years nowadays. Also the integration of technology in textiles is open…

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YEAR OF INVENTION: 2017 CREDITS: Beam DIMENSIONS: 150 x 110 mm DESCRIPTION With a rectangular piece of carbon non woven, a microcontroller ATtiny85, with two analog inputs and 4 LED’s a device can be made which indicates on which quadrangle of the carbon a droplet of water has been fallen. Over the rectangular piece of carbon non woven a voltage is applied. In a dry state this will cause a linear fall in voltage. A droplet will disturb this distribution and cause a local more flat and in the surrounding area a more steep voltage difference. By measuring at the…

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  CRYSTAL MESH Credits: Melissa Coleman and Rachel Freire Year of Invention: 2017 Dimensions: 8cm x 8cm x 0.4cm Description: A mesh fabric with a sewn-in e-textile LED circuit that’s been crystallised. This sample is made in the style of Electric Crystallography – a new work that will be published in 2017.     Materials Inspiration / References: Double Layer Tulle, 2016 by Anja Hertenberger – http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/double-layer-tulle/ Second Skin, 2016 by Rachel Freire – http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/second-skin/   Growing Inspiration / References: Grow- or PopSwatch, 2016 by Svenja Keune – http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/grow-or-popswatch/ Conductive Kombucha, 2016 by Giulia Tomasello – http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/conductive-kombucha/   Materials: mesh fabric…

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Title: Darned and mended Credits: Becca Rose Year of Invention: 2016 Materials and tools: Conductive yarn, worn garments, darning mushroom, darning needle Techniques: Loose darning Dimensions: Approx. 8 x 10cm, but the size of each swatch may vary a little. Description: I am exploring sound and movement into the worn spaces of cloth through darning with conductive materials. Darned and mended swatches use conductive yarns to create pressure sensors around threadbare garments. The sensors can be connected to an Arduino or Pure Data circuit (see below, add pull-up/down resistors from the input if needed), and the feedback used to create…

CREDITS: Hannah Perner-Wilson YEAR OF INVENTION: 2017 DIMENSIONS: 100 x 100 x 5 mm Their enticing sharpness allows pins to pierce through materials, including our skin. Being made of metal they are able to conduct electricity, and can be used to close a circuit to detect touch. As simple and commonly known tools they are transparent and familiar, and we use them to manipulate our world. 16 pins are poked through ring of highly resistive fabric, making them contact points along a resistive track. The heads of these pins are contained in a space sandwiched between two layers of translucent…

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Credits: Svenja Keune Year of Invention: 2016 Description: To raise the awareness for nature and to empower and motivate people towards a symbiotic living with nature on the scale of the interior, I want to develop adaptive and responsive surfaces through natural materials, processes and poetic forms of interaction. I want to challenge the observer’s perception towards textiles on a daily basis. Through living and interacting with surfaces and objects that can sense and adapt, respond, change shape, grow, being harvested and used as material for producing every day objects or furnitures, a habit of caring / maintenance is designed and implemented…

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Title: Rose Resistance Credits: Liza Stark Year of Invention: 2016 Description: Decorative elements can play an integral role as sensors in smart garments. The rose is a ubiquitous form of ornamentation across many craft practices, especially in crochet. My goal is to explore one technique for three dimensional sensor construction in the form of a crochet rose. Made with a combination of resistive, conductive, and wool yarn, this rose acts as a pressure sensor that can be deformed in various ways to detect a change in resistance. It has many connected layers that beckon to be touched. It asks to be…

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Title: double layer tulle Credits: Anja Hertenberger Year of Invention: 2016 Description: 2 layers of embroidery with conductive yarn and simple sewing yarn on Tulle. ith a isolation Partly covert with a layer of silicon. It can be used as a stretchable button in an electronic circuit. Materials: Tulle, conductive yarn [Karl Grimm: High Flex 3981, 7×1, Kupfer blank], yarn, silicon [Ecoflex 00-20] Techniques: sewing, soldering, silicon References/Inspirations: swatchsample Anja Hertenberger 2015 Dimensions (in cm): 10 x 7 cm Link(s): www.anjahertenberger.net  

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Title: second skin Credits: Rachel Freire Year of Invention: 2016 Description: conductive materials bonded into super fine micro knits can bridge gaps where cables would be impossible, allowing for stretch and movement. this swatch is part of a project to create a prototyping suit for aerial performers using bonding techniques to create low profile circuitry which can connect electronic elements of a costume. the technique takes full advantage of the properties of the materials to make them as robust and functional as possible and any hard electronic elements are added after the garment is made, implanted in a way which…

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Title: Light patterns Credits: Audrey Briot Year of Invention: 2015-2016 Description:   This woven textile is a way to add light patterns into fabric using optical fibers. It is divided into three parts :  the right side is a two layers satin: the layer below is composed of a bus of conductive threads ( in the warp)  which supply a Lulu, an e-textile PCB for optical fibers light injection created by Maurin Donneaud (c.f Maurin’s Swatch ), a bunch of optical fibers is crimped and glued into a brass tube to the Lulu, the top layer hide the light injection system. the middle part comprises the light…

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Credits: Pauline Vierne, Paul Seidler and Jussi Mikkonen Year of Invention: 2016 Description: This swatch is part of a work in process about Pressure sensing. Facing the problem of having only a few Analog Pins available on some electronic boards (for example the Light Bluebean with Bluetooth connection facility (http://store.punchthrough.com/collections/all/products/bean) we thought about chained Analog switches. Thanks to the principle of Voltage divider we can get distinguished Analog values from three different switches connected to the same Analog pin through a serie of resistors. For now the values behave more like several Digital values given from simple chained switches. The intention would be to…