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Pin Probe by Irene

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 the connection, the multimeter provides continuous information about its current electrical value. The immediate feedback allows instant action, facilitating an aesthetic-driven workflow to reach precise electronic results.

Photo (of sample swatch):




ToolsWeWant, 2014. Hannah Perner-Wilson, Irene Posch, Mika Satomi, Ebru Kurbak. www.toolswewant.at

Tools for Practitioners, 2015. Irene Posch and Hannah Perner-Wilson. http://etextile-summercamp.org/2015/category/focus-groups/tools-for-practitioners/

e-Textile Tester, 2015. Irene Posch, e-textile Swatchbook 2015. http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/etextiles-tester/

Supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF): AR 284-G21.

Materials: pin, very flexible cable or thick conductive thread, banana plug, shrink tube, 3d printed handle, parachute cord.
(Tools: glue gun, screwdriver, scissors, needle, lighter, soldering iron + tin, 3D printer)

Techniques: Flexible to hard material connection, isolating conductive thread, soldering, 3d design and printing.

Dimensions (in cm): 100 x 1 x 0.8 cm

Patterns, Templates, Schematics, Circuit Diagrams (where applicable):






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