Resources on Wearables

I found this wonderful blog about all sorts of materials to build wearable prototypes. They have extensive lists of resources for Conductive Fabrics, Conductive Thread, Velcros, Gels, Foams… The blog is How to Get What you Want [www.kobakant.at]

Custom Plugs

One thing to think about is the building of custom plugs so the circuit is as flexible as possible. The problem I have with my prototype is 1) that it needs quite a few connections and 2) that the sensors (LDRs) need to go outside the clothes and the actuators (motors) need to be attached to the skin. So basically we will need something connecting these two bits of the circuit.

This image is from How to Get What you Want. Here are some very good ideas for pluggable connections: http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=1272


Some other interesting components:
- Solderable soft perfboard: http://www.plugandwear.com/default.asp?mod=product&cat_id=89,103&product_id=80
- Glow in the dark thread: http://www.mutr.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=1009672

Providers in Europe:
- Plug and Wear (Italy): http://www.plugandwear.com
- Mindsets (UK): http://www.mutr.co.uk

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    Olga carries practical and theoretical research in the field of media arts. She works as a co-editor with Furtherfield.org while she pursues a practice-based PhD at Goldsmiths. Her research project looks into assemblages of sunlight, human bodies and machines. She is particularly interested on subtle modes of communication across bodies of radically different nature. She looks at the ways in which electronic circuits, computational systems, endocrine processes and neurological happenings intermingle. The tools she develops are speculations about the undercurrents of body communication.
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