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

– 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

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





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


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…

–        Intro to Flora 

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. 






Class 4: Wednesday. September 19, 2018
Discuss Berzowska Reading

EK Lab Authorization

 –        IDENTITY

  • ThermoChromic Ink

–        Intro to Sensors


Choose one of your augmented interface ideas from last week’s post to prototype and develop in class beginning next week and due on October 10. Consider this prototype as a working proof of concept, which does not necessarily need to use finishing materials, but does need to contain a working circuit. Create a sketch outlining your plan. Describe it and post to the blog before class on 9/26.

Make a list of materials you will need. Gather as many materials as possible and bring them to class next week.


Class 5: Wednesday. September 26, 2018
POLITICS: Fashion + Technology

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

 • Power for wearables

  • transistor circuit
  • capacitive sensor
  • shape memory alloy

In class work time for Augmented Interface, individual meetings

Continue to develop Augmented Interface project. Gather all materials, complete a working arduino sketch and bring to class next week. 



Class 6: Wednesday. October 3, 2018

–        Soldering. – 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,, DIY kits.

In class work time for Augmented Interface, individual meetings

Finish Augmented Interface Project and post documentation to blog.



Class 7: Wed. October 10, 2018
Augmented Interface Project Due

Troubleshooting tips

Wearability: What are specific considerations for wearable technology projects?

Sensors & Actuators

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.

Programming for Motors

 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 8: Wed. October 17, 2018
Final Project Proposal Presentations


–        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

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


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



Class 9: Wednesday. October 24, 2018

–        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


Reading: ABC of Tactical Media


Post sketch: Document project progress


Class 10: Wednesday. October 31, 2018

Paper circuits

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

 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

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


Class 11: Wednesday. November 7, 2018
Prototyping, hacking, DIY, Art and craft, tinkering, recycling, open-source material…

 Studio work time

 One-on-one sessions 


Post sketch: Document project progress  


Class 12: Wednesday. November 14, 2018
Prototypes Due

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

Project presentations & documentation due






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