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(this instructable is part of a series, please also visit Massage me Custom cable and plug and Massage me Gamepad hack for the complete instructions on how to make Massage me)
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Before starting it makes sense to understand the basic principle
The technology inside the jacket is really very simple. We are making buttons out of soft materials and extending their outputs with wires to a central point, the plug. The neoprene layers are not functional, they just give a good feel to the jacket and make it strong enough to withstand frequent massage. underneeth the neoprene there are patches of conductive fabric stuck on both sides and in between there is a layer of foam. The foam has been perforates with holes where the buttons are, so that when you push on a button you are effectively bringing two layers of conductive fabric together and thus closing the switch and pressing the button.
Though this technology has proved to work very well so far, we still think it can be improved. We are looking fwd to your suggestions on how to solve things simpler and more efficient. It takes about two whole days if not three to complete all three components (Jacket, Custom cable with plugs and the Gamepad hack) of Massage me.