Class 1: Wed. August 30, 2017

–        Introductions

–        Review: syllabus, requirements, resources, tools, materials

–        What is wearable technology & soft computing? Fashionable technology & Design – Functional aesthetics – Relation to the body – Social interaction – Material exploration – Interfacing & Programming.

–        Intro to LEDs

–        Join class blog

–        Research an interactive wearable or soft computing project and post a short description and link to the blog.

–        Purchase class kit and bring to class next week. If you are not purchasing part 2 of the kit, please bring your Arduino and USB cable.

Reading: “Electronic Textiles: Wearable Computers, Reactive Fashion, and Soft Computation” by Joanna Berzowska

Class 2: Wed. September 7, 2017

  • Homework Presentations + Discussion
  • Electronics basics
  • Ordering Parts
  • Breadboard Prototyping
  • XS Labs

–     Smart fabrics and textiles: Exploring and testing the various abilities and properties of a range of smart fabrics and textiles: conductive fabric, resistive fabrics, UV and solar reactive fabric, thermochomic fabric, e-textile, e-broidery, fibertronics, nanotechnology, photo-luminescent fabric, computer generated fabrics…


Post sketch: Observe your daily interactions with objects, people and the environment. Pay special attention to intimate interactions (direct contact) and come up with 3 ideas for augmenting or deepening the level of interaction. Post them + include your observations.

Reading: “E-broidery: Design and fabrication of textile-based computing”

Tues. September 12, 2016 – Fall Add/Drop Ends

Class 3: Wed. September 13, 2017

Electronics demos
Reading a datasheet
Electronics Resources
Soft Switch
Social Circuits – Catarina Mota – Intimate sensor.
M.I.T High-Low tech group

–     Other smart materials: Conductive threads and yarns, Solar reactive thread, conductive paint, conductive ink, conductive transparent film, Thermoplastic film, EL wire, QTC (Quantum Tunneling Composite), Polymorph material, magnetic varnish, UV reactive materials, things that glow in the dark, shape memory materials, Flexinol, smart electro ceramics, organic electronics…


Go through the Max Tour. Check out the lessons and the documentation links. Come into class next week with an idea of a max patch that interacts with a physical object through Arduino. Perhaps you would like to explore some of your ideas from last week’s Interface post? Also bring in whatever materials you might need (fabric, simple garment or object to which you would like to attach a sensor, etc.) I will also show you how to build and program a touch sensor in class.

Reading: Dress Language & Communication from The Clothed Body


Class 4: Wed. September 20, 2017

  • Programming: Introduction to Arduino & Flora – Installing/Programming Arduino/Flora Environment -digital output: controlling a LED, RGB LED – analog output: using PWM, using analog pin
  • Leah Buechley & Lilypad project. Arduino, other Little Bits, MIT crickets,, DIY kits.

–        Electronics resources.

–      Homework: Make the same circuit in 2 forms: on a breadboard and on fabric. Document each step and bring all of your circuits to class.

Reading:“Wearables: The Flesh of Social Computing” from Closer: Performance,Technologies and Phenomenology

Class 5: Wed. September 27, 2017

POLITICS: Fashion + Technology

EK Lab Authorization 

DIY soft sensors: Introduction to techniques and related concepts to build your own sensors using smart and soft materials applied to wearable technology. Contact, pressure, bend, capacitive, proxy and various sensors.


Using conductive fabric, make a soft switch that is intended for a particular type of interaction.

Reading: A Futureproofed Power Meter Natalie Jeremijenko


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