SAIC Schedule

Class 1: Wednesday. August 29, 2018 – Christine Planned Absence, Jenna Boyles Guest Lecturer
– Introductions

– What is wearable technology & soft computing?

Fashionable technology & Design – Functional aesthetics – Relation to the body – Social interaction – Material exploration – Interfacing & Programming.

– Intro to LEDs – Build soft LED and battery holder circuit

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

– Purchase class kit materials 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: Wednesday September 5, 2018
–        Introductions

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

–        Electronics basics

–        Ordering Parts

–        Breadboard Prototyping

–        Build soft switch – bridge, pinch, sandwich

– 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…

Homework: Join class blog https://wearablesandsoftcomputing.wordpress.com

 

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”

 

 

Class 3: Wednesday. September 12, 2018
– Homework Presentations + Discussion

ELECTRONICS: part 2

Electronics demos

Reading a datasheet

Electronics Resources

–        Social Circuits

–      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…

 

Post research: ?

 

Reading: “Dress, Language and Communication” from The Clothed Body

 

(If unfamiliar with electronics please read Physical Computing, Chapters 1-3)

 

 

Class 4: Wednesday. September 19, 2018
EK Lab Authorization

 –        IDENTITY

–        MSDS 101

Sewing 101

–        Intro to Sensors

–        Intro to Flora 

Post sketch: 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: Wednesday. September 26, 2018
POLITICS: Fashion + Technology

 –        Programming: digital output: controlling a LED, RGB LED – analog output: using PWM, using analog pin

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

 

 

Class 6: Wednesday. October 3, 2018
ENERGY + SUSTAINABILITY

• Neopixel presentations

–        Soldering.

–      Programming: Neopixels, review basic conditional statements

Openmaterial.org – Catarina Mota – Intimate sensor.

M.I.T High-Low tech group

XS-Lab – Vincent Leclerc.

Leah Buechley & Lilypad project, Arduino, other Little Bits, MIT crickets, fabrick.it, DIY kits.

Wearability: What are specific considerations for wearable technology projects?

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.

–        Roundtable discussion of possible projects

 

Presentation musts:

* Title of Project

* Garment/Device

* Function (Intended & Actual)

* Diagrams (Electrical & Physical)

* Hard Circuit

* Soft Circuit

* Materials & Techniques Used

* Challenges & Successes

* Possible Future

 

Class 7: Tues. October 10, 2018
 Project Proposal Presentations

• Power for wearables

• Insulation of circuits

–        Connecting hardware to software: using analog electronics and smart materials – soldering, wire glue, conductive thread, heat shrink wire, magnetmagnetic varnish, any hook, small parts… made of iron, chain,

–        Turning traditional fashion accessories into sensors: Button, zipper, lace, ribbon, bow

 

 

Readings: A Futureproofed Power Meter Natalie Jeremijenko

The Fingerprint of the Second Skin

 

Post research: Find artworks that deal with similar issues/concept as your idea for your project and post them.

 

Class 8: Tues. October 17, 2018
SECOND SKINS + PERSONAL EXPRESSION Material choice due

Intro to SMD

Artfully interactive clothing: Emitting light (LEDs, EL wire, electrotextile, digital display), sound, changing color, shape, inflatables…

Biofish dress, Levis Red DLX Jeans, Smoking jacket, Massage me, Ying Gao

Reading: Lucy Orta Lecture &

 

Logical Spaces for Urban Nomads.

 

 

Class 9: Wednesday. October 24, 2018
–        SOCIAL INTERACTIONS

–        Technique choice due

History of suits over the last 70 years: Space suit, diving suit, army suit, protecting suit…

Kenji Yanobe.

 A matter of scale: how little things can make big things: Lego, bricks and other construction systems, mosaic, massive zip tie sculptures, origami. Theo Jansen, FabLab.

Alternate material for clothing and recycling materials paper, wigs, records, balloons, plastic fur, elastic, tire, plush toys, bones, leaves, …

Martin Margiella jackets, Sandra Backlund, Hussein Chalayan & Swarosvki, Lucy Mc Rae, Paco Rabanne, Azuma Makoto, Natacha Lesueur, Erwin Wurm.

 

Post research: Material report See syllabus

 

Reading: ABC of Tactical Media

 

Post sketch: Document project progress

 

Class 10: Wednesday. October 31, 2018
ENVIRONMENT + SPACE

Material reports due: Present research to class Paper circuits

Tech: Doing sound: –  using a piezo – using a voice recorder module – using a MP3 player

Thinking outside the PCB: Examples of alternative methods to build electronic devices without traditional epoxy PCB, by using wood, paper, fabric, conductive thread, conductive paint, skin, salt and vinegar, resin, flexible materials…

Order any materials + parts for final project

 

Find all datasheets for components + materials

 

Post research: Technique report + demo

See syllabus

Reading: A Cyborg Manifesto – Donna Haraway

 

Class 11: Wednesday. November 7, 2018
 Technique reports due: Present research + demo to class

 Prototyping, hacking, DIY, Art and craft, tinkering, recycling, open-source material…

 Body, Prosthesis and Cyborg:

Marshall Mc Luhan, Mathhew Barney, Kevin Warwick, Stelarc, Christophe Luxereau, Nicole Tran Ba Vang, Kelly Dobson, Erich Berger, Marion Laval-Jeantet, Louis Philippe Demers, Audio tooth implant Maywa Denki, Paul Granjon

 Studio work time

 One-on-one sessions 

 

Post sketch: Document project progress

 

Reading: Dunne + Raby Placebo Project / Design Noir

 

 

 

Class 12: Wednesday. November 14, 2018
Studio work time

One-on-one sessions

Project Troubleshooting

Geek accessories: Computer belt, Scent whisper, data gloves, cooling helmet, sensitive shoes, Adidas fitness apparel, RipCurl H-bomb, heart wave monitor jacket (Biodevice SA), Sony analog clone MD jacket, Space bra, voltaic generator bag…

Art & research: Grado Zero Espace, Distance Lab, Rambler shoes (Tweets your steps), Laura Beloff & Martin Pichlmair, Die Audio Gruppe, …

 

Post sketch: Document project progress

 

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 – No Class Thanksgiving break

 

Class 13: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
 Studio work time

One-on-one sessions

Project Troubleshooting

 Biomaterials, second skin and biometrics: DIY biomaterials, Fruit computer laboratory, Potato Electricity DIY Energy (Indonesia), Tasty QR Code at NY Resistor.

Implants, Bio-culture (Suzanne Lee), MicroBe fermented fabric, Chocolate Mask (Naomi Filmer), eMotion project (Udk berlin), biojewellery (Royal College of art), Materiel belief program (UK), V2 lab (NL), Bare conductive project, Patch Body monitor (BodyMedia), Bleu Remix (Yann Marussich).

 

Post sketch: Document project progress

 

 

Wednesday. December 5, 2018 – No Class Meeting – Crit Week

 

Class 14: Tues. December 12, 2018 – Final Critique
 CRITIQUE

Project presentations & documentation due

 

 

 

 

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