Electronics and sensors allow artists to create interactive smart garments that produce sound and images in reaction to movement. They sense and communicate with the environment and the user, and may react to them. In some cases the garment is in connection with the Internet and exchanges information based on the data it has measured.
As the term ‘wearable’ suggests, these interactive artworks are carried by the user and in bodily connection with him or her.
The Wearable Electronics course has been organised during autumn 2011 in collaboration between Aalto University School of Art and Design, and MUU Artists’ Association. The participants who come from a variety of backgrounds such as new media, costume design, textile design, fine art and performing arts have been encouraged to create their own visions of wearable technology. They have worked in teams to carry out their ideas based on the Arduino development platform.
Welcome to experience these six unique projects – to see them in use and even to try some of them on.
Place: MUU Gallery (Lönnrotinkatu 33, Helsinki)
Time: Monday 5.12. at 17-19
Organised by MUU Artists’ Association and Aalto University
Teachers: Tomi Dufva and Jukka Hautamäki, and visiting lecturer Meg Grant
Ramyah from media lab presented her MA-thesis work yesterday. It was really interesting. She provided us with some links and pdf of her thesis: Ramyah Gowrishankar: Designing Fabric Interactions
Videos of her work
Projects blog and tutorials
Just found this nice framework for Xcode, which allows you to connect arduino with mac apps. iOS implementation coming soon too. More info from their website. Xcode can be downloaded for free from mac app store.
Here’s a pdf-version of todays lecture.
This might be interesting for some groups:
DIY Fabric Speakers
Hanna Perner-Wilson demonstrates some ways to make your own wearable speakers.
Today, 7th of october is Ada Lovelace day which is meant to draw attention to achievements of women in technology and science. Adafruit is celebrating the day by publishing post about different women every hour. So far they have featured some interesting women from wearable scene: Leah Buechey, the founder of Lilypad and Kate Hartman. These are worth checking out.
I just ran across sparkfuns latest addition to e-textiles: They are now selling conductive stainless fiber That may be interesting way to make conductive threads, or conductive felt etc. on your own.