Sensors for e-textiles creatives


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These slides are from a talk I gave on sensors & other technology usage by creatives at Nano4Design at QMUL. It featured some information on Maker communities, how electronics providers are also providing tuition & nurturing communities. I talk about how technology is changing from being bulky, cold, hard and sharp, to elegant. It also features some examples of my work.

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  • Protosnap LilyPad Arduino board & component kit
  • Protosnap LilyPad Arduino board & component kit
  • I’ve taken those lists of sensors and actuators and fitted them into categories of what I feel are the most important areas of wearable technology. This list isn’t exhaustive and there’s definitely a certain amount of blurring between the categories – I hope for the viewer it starts to give a bit of insight and an some idea of where the technology is lending itself in these areas. Please forgive my wibblyphotoshop skills!It’s very interesting to compare the categories. As you can see the biggest range of sensors and actuators are concentrated in military, extreme environment, self monitoring, lifestyle, are and maker’s categories. This is interesting to me for many reasons, it gives me an idea of whom is pushing the technology forward, who has the most funding and who is the most experimental and also the category with probably the least money and not much funding is equally as interested in a plethora of technologies and potential outcomes as the richest.
  • Sensors for e-textiles creatives

    1. 1. Sensors for e-textiles creativesRain Ashford -
    2. 2. The growth of hacker culture & communities has inspired a new group of creatives to evolveand enter the tech industries
    3. 3. ..a convergence of readily available electronic components, shared knowledge throughcommunities and open source approaches to technology has broken barriers to learning &creativity
    4. 4. For me, the availability of sewable electronic & e-textiles has revolutionised the way I andmany other artists & designers work
    5. 5. the styling of some of these components has made them more attractive to work with
    6. 6. Which has changed how people regard wearable tech & electronics; they’re no longercomprised of cold, bulky sharp, boxy & ugly components that you might prefer to remainhidden
    7. 7. …allowing me create much moreelegant work
    8. 8. …incorporating the technology into thedesign
    9. 9. The availability of sensors in particular that allowed me to bring my ideas to fruition
    10. 10. there’s lots of information out there on how to make your own!
    11. 11. In my research I’m starting to note key areas of sensor & actuator usage, against groups &areas of usage…
    12. 12. Hacking existing tech & combining sensors has allowed me tomake pieces such as ‘You Make My <3 Flutter’: a proximitydetecting, heart rate sensing ‘techlace’
    13. 13. And for looking at social interaction -‘Yr In Mah Face’: temperature /mood sensing t-shirt- uses Celsius temperature data from a sensor, averages it, then visualises the results viaLEDs.
    14. 14. I’m also interested in practical uses - Don’t Break My Heart is a wearable, colour-codeddistance warning system prototype for cyclists to wear on their back
    15. 15. Summary Exciting time for e-textiles & wearable tech Availability of sewable electronics is revolutionising the work of artists & designers Hackspaces & online communities are helping demystify electronics & coding Open Source ethos is sharing & making knowledge more accessible Small Maker start-ups are changing the face of tech entrepreneurs Sewable electronics are inspiring a broader demographic to become interested in electronics & coding School age students are investigating electronics & code via e-textiles and wearable tech
    16. 16. Thank you for your attention! @Rainycat http://Rain Ashford 2012