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The LilyPad XBee is a radio transceiver that you can sew on to your clothing to create wireless wearables. It was created by Kate Hartman and Rob Faludi. It has been commercialized by Sparkfun Electronics as an addition to Leah Buechley’s extensive line of wired LilyPad clothing components.

more info here


This sensor emits 42 KHz sound wave. Based on how long does it take for that sound wave to be reflected back to the sensor, it can calculate how far an object is from the sensor.

You can get it at Sparkfun

Table of different models of  Ultrasonic Range Finder detection patterns:


Small  microphone. Useful in acoustic and audio applications. You can utilize it to sense sound in close proximity.

You can get it at Sparkfun


This is a simple to use motion sensor. Power it up and wait 1-2 seconds for the sensor to get a snapshot of the still room. If anything moves after that period, the ‘alarm’ pin will go low

You can get it at Sparkfun


The infrared sensor shines a beam of IR light from an LED, and measures the intensity of light that is bounced pack using a phototransistor. (

You can get different sizes and general information at Sparkfun. You will also need the sensor jumper wire.

If you are not quite sure what model to choose, take a look at this page for more info about each model range of distance.



1. Photo cell Sensor

2. PIR Motion Sensor

3. Infrared Proximity Sensor

4. Ultrasonic Range Finder


1. Tiny Microphone

2. Piezo Vibration Sensor


Capacitance sensing

Pressure sensors

Flex sensors


Humidity sensors

Temperature sensors

Barometric Pressure Sensor



March 31, 2011, 6:00 – 9:00pm
The Fashionable Technology Event Series ( presents Materials Explorations at Parsons The New School for Design with a symposium open to the public and workshops for The New School University students. Dr. Seymour is gathering a select group of experts in the field of fashion, technology, science, and design to ignite a critical discourse around materials used in Fashionable Technology. Please join us for an exciting evening to celebrate this interdisciplinary engagement.

Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 6 – 9 PM
Auditorium, School of Fashion, Parsons The New School for Design, 560 7th Ave, New York
FREE, open to the public

-Matt Johnson, Bare Conductive, conductive skin ink (London)
-Elisabeth de Seineville, fashion designer & professor at ENSAD, smart textiles (Paris)
-Gayil Nalls, PhD, artist & researcher, olfactory (New York)
-Alice Min Soo Chun, Parsons the New School, School of Constructed Environments, Assistant Professor, Design+Material Culture (New York)
-Sarah Scaturro, Cooper Hewitt, Textile Conservator (New York)
Moderated by Dr. Sabine Seymour, Assistant Professor of Fashionable Technology, Parsons The New School for Design

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 @ 12 – 6PM
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 12 – 5PM
Rm 1006, 10th Floor, 2 W 13th Street, Parsons The New School for Design, New York
Conducted by Elisabeth de Seineville (ENSAD, Paris), the workshop introduces participants to intelligent materials and smart textiles.

The Kit-of-No-Parts is an approach to crafting electronics rather than designing discrete components. The collection of recipes and ingredients on this website describe how to build electronics from a wide variety of conductive and non-conductive materials using a range of traditional and contemporary craft techniques.

Link here

by Hannah Perner-Wilson ( High-Low Tech Research Group, MIT Media Lab)

::: THE BODY :::

Extension: Amplification: Deconstruction

Example :

Stopkontakt by Boutiquevizique

Material: conductive paint
Its interface consists of several ‘electron’ and ‘proton’ shaped cartoon like characters, spread out in the space. These ‘contact points’ invite you to close several electrical circuits, using your body as a conductor between them. Once a connection (= Kontakt) is made it results in a physical and/or auditive output. For example: a record player starts to play a few good old tunes, a light get turned on, drops of water start falling from the ceiling and make a sound, …

more info here


Captain Electric by XS lab
It is a collection of three electronic garments that both passively harness energy from the body and actively allow for power generation by the user. Reflecting fashion’s historic relationship between discomfort and style, the dresses restrict and reshape the body in order to produce sufficient energy to fuel themselves and actuate light and sound events on the body.

Link to project

Link to XS lab’s website


from unit to mass

Example :

Electronic wallpaper display by Blumen

Materials: electrical circuit using electroluminescent inks.
This wallpaper has an intricate botanical pattern that would work on its own, but this pattern isn’t made with ink. the wallpaper gets its colour from electrical circuits using electroluminescent technology. because of this hidden technology the ‘blumen’ wallpaper is able to light up in an array of patterns. these patterns are generated with influence from the space the panels are installed in and the software installed inside.

more info here


The imaginary: narrative: The real: documenting the senses

Example :

Novel architecture by Jie Qi

Materials: conductive paint,conductive fabric and copper tape
Inspired by origami, the folding mechanism in the walls and roof uses a series of angled pleats, which are mirrored on a smaller scale throughout the book. As you tug on a string of beads leading from one flower, the rest come to life moving like puppets using a series of strings attached to motors. The mural itself is drawn using conductive fabric and copper tape, which serve both as expressive and functioning traces within the circuit. Electronic components are also openly displayed and emphasized to explain the electronic workings behind the mural.

novel architecture from Jie Qi on Vimeo.

more info here


Connections: disconnections: rules of systems

Example :

[3:2] in progress by Francine Leclercq

Materials: thermochromic ink
The installation consists of hundreds cells measuring 3 x 2 inches each; the photographic 3:2 aspect ratio now adopted for the LCD screens of our digital devices such as cameras, i-phones and the likes has become our new format of perception. The scenario evokes the image of a vaporized display of memories scattered about like gas particles in suspense, fully liberated from the captivity of their once fleshy bunker, the body. A coat of thermochromic ink is applied to cells, causing a nuance such that they may be perceived as an opaque monochrome, a blur or transparent where the underlying image is fully visible depending on temperature and location, the proximity of bodies and heat exchange. It is an experiment whereby art is the moment of a mutual dependency fermented by an active participation of the senses.

More info here


Hybrid object, imaginary object, a product for humans

Example :

+/- Hot Plate by Ami Drach and Dov Ganchrow

Material: conductive silkscreen printed
They silk-screened gold or Amorphic Metal films onto ceramic plates. If you connect the to an electric source, the current will run through the pattern on the plate and keep the food warm.

More info here

Click here to download the revised versions of the patches that were demonstrated during class. Simply open the Max file and it will open the patch. There is no need to cut and paste the code.


Teacup interface: as you pick up a teacup, a sound starts to play triggered by reed switches connected to the digital inputs of Arduino. The sound stops when the teacup is put down.

To see the sound patch in action click here


This patch mixes two video signals in a similar manner as the layer modes mix different layers in Photoshop. The changes is layer modes are controlled by a switches connected to an digital in of Arduino


This patch zooms in and out of an images according to an analog value of a sensor connected to an analog input of Arduino