tactile-electronics

Jul 17

Trying out ideas for light-up paper sculptures.
I’ve been trying out different ideas for a paper sculptures workshop - the sculptures will light up in the dark (using the circuit from my last post). I’m going to use different thicknesses and types of paper but also paper that has been laser cut and hand cut to cast shadows and patterns.

Jul 15

Paper Circuit turns an LED on in the Dark
Testing out a paper circuit for a workshop - the circuit uses a light dependent resistor to switch an LED on in the dark. The circuit is going to be used as part of paper sculptures which will light up in the shade or when the sensor (a light dependent resistor) is covered. I’ve used copper tape and ‘bare’ conductive paint to make the connections. The LED looks lot brighter out out of direct sunlight.


The circuit I’ve used is based on this Instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Dark-Activated-Night-Light/

Bare Conductive Paint
http://www.bareconductive.com/

Vibration Motors with Arduino 
I recently took part in the  Urban Media Lab at IMAL in Brussels.  I was working with Sam Jones and Neil Winterburn creating a haptic belt for Sam’s SuperForager project.  Here the motors are hooked up to the arduino and a motor driver.  Later we used a compass module to control the motors, triggering them to indicate north.  We based out design on this instructable:  http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Tactile-Feedback-Compass-Belt/
Jul 3

Vibration Motors with Arduino
I recently took part in the Urban Media Lab at IMAL in Brussels. I was working with Sam Jones and Neil Winterburn creating a haptic belt for Sam’s SuperForager project. Here the motors are hooked up to the arduino and a motor driver. Later we used a compass module to control the motors, triggering them to indicate north. We based out design on this instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Tactile-Feedback-Compass-Belt/

Makey Makey Leaf Piano

Trying out a makey makey using garageband to make a leaf piano where each leaf triggers a different piano key  using ‘musical typing’ in garageband.  the leaves could be programmed to make different sounds by using soundplant.  

Resources & linkshttp://makeymakey.com/howto.php
https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/makey-makey-quickstart-guide
https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/makey-makey-advanced-guide/introduction
https://dlnmh9ip6v2uc.cloudfront.net/tutorialimages/MaKey_MaKey_QuickStart/makey_makey_1_4_1.zip
http://soundplant.org/
May 23

Makey Makey Leaf Piano

Trying out a makey makey using garageband to make a leaf piano where each leaf triggers a different piano key using ‘musical typing’ in garageband. the leaves could be programmed to make different sounds by using soundplant.

Resources & links
http://makeymakey.com/howto.php
https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/makey-makey-quickstart-guide
https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/makey-makey-advanced-guide/introduction
https://dlnmh9ip6v2uc.cloudfront.net/tutorialimages/MaKey_MaKey_QuickStart/makey_makey_1_4_1.zip
http://soundplant.org/

Apr 19

LED Soft Circuit Badge.
LED badge made by one of the participants in the soft circuit badge workshop using rainbow colour changing LEDs.

Apr 18

Soft Circuit LED Badges
Using conductive tape & paint to make circuits easy for children & young people to make LED badges.

Conductive Paint & Smd Led’s
Testing out Surface mount Led’s and conductive paint for making paper circuits. 



Resources & Links
conductive paint from bare conductive http://www.bareconductive.com/
Dec 5

Conductive Paint & Smd Led’s
Testing out Surface mount Led’s and conductive paint for making paper circuits.


Resources & Links
conductive paint from bare conductive http://www.bareconductive.com/

Nov 26

Prototype at FACT
During the summer holidays I worked with Neil Winterburn to deliver Prototype at FACT.. A three day programme of activities for young people which explored ideas of hacking and inventing. This included an introduction to smart materials and e-textiles. We looked at different smart materials; thermochromic (heat sensitive), photochromic (light sensitive) and hydrochromic (changes with water) and how they have been used by artists and designers. They then explored their own ideas using the different smart paints and materials provided. Ideas included: a dragon headband that changed colour with sunlight, bags that blossomed in the sunlight, a bag that changed colour if your drink leaked, shoes with flames that appeared in the heat and many more…

Oct 1

Glowdoodle
Glowdoodle workshops with young people at play & youth centres in Liverpool. Glowdoodle makes light drawing simple using a webcam the program saves the image frame by frame building up an image as you go. This makes it easier as what you are drawing appears on the screen while you are drawing. We used a variety of different lights to get different effects including; finger torches, battery fairy lights, light-up shoe laces and light filters to change the colour of torches. A great extension of this would be to make the light sources with the young people as part of the workshop or to save the images as you go to make animations. Glowdoodle was made by Eric Rosenbaum in collaboration with Jay Silver. Glowdoodle is free to download from the link below - you can also use it on the website.

http://scripts.mit.edu/~eric_r/glowdoodle/

Eric Rosenbaum’s website http://web.media.mit.edu/~ericr/

Jay Silver’s Website http://web.media.mit.edu/~silver/

Sep 2

Simple Soft Circuits

Soft circuits workshops using hand-made felt battery holders and different conductive materials for those who can and can’t sew . The circuits were taped on using conductive fabric tape. The battery holders and LED’s we’re attached to the circuit with conductive thread or conductive paint (we used paint pens from bare conductive ).