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RoBot Gets E-textiled. Worlds First Ever Interactive Bot on Fabric

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MaKe a fabric RoBot circuit, to jazz up a boring old t-shirt.
This I'ble will show you how to Craft, an out of date t-shirt and revive it into a spectacular interactive work, surely to amaze all that gaze upon its electronic wonder.

E-textiles seem to be the new "in" thing, when it comes to modding garments in this day and age.

Continue and I shall show you how to create your own work of electrical delight, sprinkled with some fabrictry wonder.

Amaze and amuse your friends as they wonder as to the workings, of your magically lit device.
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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What you will need-

~ One tragrically out of date bright yellow T-shirt.

~ Conductive thread (Free Conductive Thread).

~ Conductive wire.

~ Needle.

~ Thread- Various colors.

~ LeD's.

~ 9V Battery/Terminal.

~ Soldiering iron/Solder.

~ Fabric.

~ Multi-meter

~ Scissors

Now that you have acquired/borrowed/stolen (No don't steal them, just borrow them, until you can replace them.) these items, move onto the design.

Step 2: Choosing your Design and Planning the Circuit

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Take your favourtie image, tranfer it to paper via what ever means you choose to do so.
I have chosen to free hand tranfer. I would assume printing your design would be easiest.

Once you have chosen your design, plot the applicable path for your circuit. This will depend on what elements you wish to add to your circuit. In this demonstration I have chosen the Instructables Robot as its segmented body, allows for a simple circuit layout. It also offers the availablity for expansion in the future. See his wheels? Endless possibilities.

Your circuits maybe as simple or as complex as you wish.

I have chosen a simple circuit, comprising of three LeD's and a switch (described in Step 8).

The power source will be a 9V battery. It will be connected to a + and - fabric tab to join the circuit.

Once you have an idea of your circuit, trafnser it to your fabric/shirt. This can be done via lead transfer or copying the image through the fabric. Once you have tranfered the image/circuit to the fabric, move onto the sewing stage.
lloydrmc2 years ago
Cool.
I would LOVE to wear that shirt!!!
Sooooooooo lol, if you're not wearing it... I would be happy to wear it for you. pl- eeeeeeeeease ;0)
Lftndbt (author)  porcupinemamma5 years ago
LoL thanks!! It's stil hanging in my cupboard... ;)
Goodhart6 years ago
Very nice, but did you know you made his dials (or are they knobs) glow?
Lftndbt (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
I wasn't sure where else, I could place the LeD's.
Other then eyes and possibly end of the antennae, I am not sure either....sorry, I shouldn't criticize if I have no solution myself.
Lftndbt (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
Oh... You were criticizing? I wanted to keep his antenae as the + - input. So his knobs for the LeD's seemed best.
No problem really, some knobs, and switchers do light up :-)
Lftndbt (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
Te he he, that was the plan. ;)
kelseymh6 years ago
Congratulations! This may not have gotten an I'bles Feature, but you're on MAKE's home page for today (20 Nov).
Lftndbt (author)  kelseymh6 years ago
Te he he!! Amazing what adding your I'ble to their group does... I think it is automatic.
Lftndbt (author) 6 years ago
I really do believe I lost a few brain cells, from the hours spent sewing. Well worth it though. When I can't remember if the battery has any power left (due to brain cell loss), I can just check it with the shirt.
gmjhowe6 years ago
Great work! i love it!
Lftndbt (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
So do I!!
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Very nice!
Lftndbt (author)  LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Thankyou!
KentsOkay6 years ago
Pimpin' nerdy!
Lftndbt (author)  KentsOkay6 years ago
Oh yeah!!
rivetgeek6 years ago
Neat idea though coin cell batteries might work better than a bulky nine volt.
Lftndbt (author)  rivetgeek6 years ago
Yes it would.