A little background as to how this whole idea came about.
Back in 2009, I needed some bend sensors for a sign language translation glove I was making for fun, and the commercial ones that just came out were over my budget considering I needed at least 10.
Then I came across plusea's DIY bend sensors on Instructables.
It was what I was looking for but I had one small problem. Well, a few problems actually. (Not with the 'ible of course)
All the different instructables required the use of neoprene, or at least conductive thread and conductive fabric.
I could get the anti static bags locally, but getting the above items would mean the total bill (after shipping and currency exchange rates and tax) would consist of mostly that, and not the cost of the items.
So I decided to see if I could just experiment with the conductive anti static bag(although in all honesty I tried matching it with a whole bunch of other stuff; like carbon paper). It took 2 weeks of playing around during my free time before I finally had a decent build. (Still works to date! )
So for all of you who has a tight budget or like me, can't get easy access to items in the states, this is for you.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
â Anti Static Bags 10x15cm ( I used Vermason Conductive Bags) element14/ farnell order code: 522740
â Cable Tie (20 - 25cm is great)
â Masking Tape (We have them in 3 sizes here. But I found the 2.4cm and 1.1cm to be great. We'll need both)
â Jumper Wires (I'm using ones in 20cm length)
â Pencil. I would not recommend mechanical pencils as it's too sharp and it might damage the material while marking out the border. (true story)
â Pen Knife
â Wire Stripper