Class 1: Wednesday. August 28, 2019
– Introductions

– What is wearable technology & soft computing?

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

– Compare hard to soft components

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

Homework: 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.

Join class blog

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

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


Class 2: Wednesday September 4, 2019
–        Electronics basics

–        Sewing 101

–        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…


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: dress_language_communication_full





Class 3: Wednesday. September 11, 2019
– Homework Presentations + Discussion

–        Intro to Arduino & Flora

  • Neopixel programming

Electronics demos

  • Soldering

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…


Choose one of your augmented interface ideas from last week’s post to prototype and develop in class next week and due on September 25. 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 9/18.

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






Class 4: Wednesday. September 18, 2019
 –        IDENTITY & the qualified self – Catarina Mota – Intimate sensor.

Capacitive Sensor, Piezo Buzzer

  • In-class work on Augmented Interface Project

Finish your augmented interface project. Upload documentation to blog.


Class 5: Wednesday. September 25, 2019
Present Finished Augmented Interface Project

Electronics/Kinetics Lab Authorization

M.I.T High-Low tech group

XS-Lab – Vincent Leclerc.

Performative uses of technology.
Costume design. Musical and
gestural interfaces. Examples and
demos of modularity and good design practice.

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 sensors: calibration

Interfacing with Processing and MaxMSP


Propose an accessory or piece of jewelry for the performer of your choice. Research them and think of them as your client. Post your ideas to the blog. Gather materials for prototyping in class next week. 


Class 6: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
 • Power for wearables

Programming for Motors

In class work time for Performance prototype: individual meetings.

Continue to develop Performance prototype project.



Class 7: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Troubleshooting tips

Thermochromic Pigment

Wearability: What are specific considerations for wearable technology projects?

Continue to Develop Performance Prototype


Class 8: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Performance Prototype Project Due

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…


Design for laser cut conductive fabric circuit.


–        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…

Roundtable discussion of possible Final Project directions.


Final Project Proposal Presentations:

In class presentation and post to blog.

* Title of Project

* Garment/Device

* Function (Intended & Actual)

* Diagrams (Electrical & Physical)

* Hard Circuit

* Soft Circuit

* Materials & Techniques Used

* Challenges & Successes

* Possible Future


Monday, October 21, 2019 12-1pm – Fashion Resource Center Lee Anderson Lecture
Class 9: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
–       Final Project Proposal Presentations


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.

In class studio time for final project.


Identify one technique you find critical to your project. Explore, research and document this in preparation for a demo in next week’s class.

Order any materials + parts for final project


Class 10: Wednesday. October 30, 2019
–        Technique Presentation Demos

 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

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).

In class studio time for final project.



Rough Draft of final Project Due next week.


Class 11: Wednesday. November 6, 2019
Present and discuss final project rough drafts

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

 Studio work time for final projects.

One-on-one sessions


Post sketch to blog: Document project progress & rough draft reflections.  


Class 12: Wednesday. November 13, 2019
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, …


Final Project Due next week.



Class 13: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 – Final Projects Due
Final Project Presentations & Critique

Discuss techniques for video documentation.



Create a documentation video of your work and post to the blog.


Wednesday, November 27, 2019 – No Class Thanksgiving break
Wednesday. December 4, 2019 – No Class Meeting – Crit Week
Class 14: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 – Final Critique
Final Critique

Present project documentation video





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