WEARABLE ELECTRONICS CLASS

Wearable Electronics Class
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WEARABLE ELECTRONICS CLASS

19 Lessons

12,140 Enrolled

Beginner Level

In the class, you will learn how to build wearable electronics and program interactions using the Arduino software.

Perhaps you know how to sew but have always wanted to learn more about electronics. Or, you have used a microcontroller before but want to know what conductive fabric is all about. In this class, we will cover the hardware, software and the sewing that it takes to start you off and running towards building interactive and well-crafted projects.

You will learn techniques and apply new concepts by building a sewn circuit pin, two kinds of soft switches, a flex sensor and by making your microcontroller modular. You will also learn about digital and analog inputs and outputs through building the two main projects: The Hi-5 Collector and the Slouch Alert. The Hi-5 Collector is a project that makes social interaction game-like by introducing a goal achieved by collecting high-fives. The Slouch Alert project uses a handmade sensor to read a body's movements and notifies you when you are slouching. As a bonus, you will also learn how to easily trigger sound clips using the Slouch Alert circuit!

Enter an Instructables Contest!

If you've used the skills you've learned in this class to write a great instructable, try entering it in one of our contests, like the LED or Wireless Contest for a chance to win some amazing prizes!

This class is not currently accepting new enrollments. The Classes feature will be retiring soon, but class content will remain accessible.

Class Author:push_reset

Lara has been building soft circuits and wearable electronic projects for almost 10 years. Some projects include musical interfaces, LED-encrusted products and lots of research and experimentation with techniques and materials.

She has taught workshops at various conferences, festivals, and universities and currently teaches a class at California College of the Arts called Wearable and Soft Interactions.

You can find out more about me on my personal website

Class Teacher Assistant:bekathwia

Lessons

Welcome & Supplies

Lesson 1: Welcome & Supplies

Learn about the projects you will be making in this class, and find a complete material list.

Welcome & Supplies

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Introduction to Electronics

Lesson 2: Introduction to Electronics

What is a circuit and how do you read resistance and voltage with a multimeter?

Introduction to Electronics

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Sew a Circuit

Lesson 3: Sew a Circuit

Learn how to use conductive thread through sewing a light-up circuit.

Sew a Circuit

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Introducing the Soft Switch

Lesson 4: Introducing the Soft Switch

Learn what a switch is, why you would make it soft and how to design one for a physical action.

Introducing the Soft Switch

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Introducing the Microcontroller + Arduino

Lesson 5: Introducing the Microcontroller + Arduino

Learn what a microcontroller is and the concepts you need to know while working with one.

Introducing the Microcontroller + Arduino

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Making Connections + Modularity

Lesson 6: Making Connections + Modularity

Learn how to connect components together when building wearable electronics.

Making Connections + Modularity

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Digital Output

Lesson 7: Digital Output

In this lesson, you will upload your first sketch to the microcontroller and learn how to change the code to get different results.

Digital Output

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Digital Input

Lesson 8: Digital Input

Learn how to read the switch you made and turn on an LED.

Digital Input

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Hi-5 Collector Circuit

Lesson 9: Hi-5 Collector Circuit

Build the final project circuit and upload the final project sketch.

Hi-5 Collector Circuit

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Make a Simple Pattern

Lesson 10: Make a Simple Pattern

Take measurements and learn how to make a pattern fitted to your hand.

Make a Simple Pattern

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Transfer Circuit to Fabric

Lesson 11: Transfer Circuit to Fabric

In this lesson, learn how to transfer the final circuit to fabric.

Transfer Circuit to Fabric

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Power-up

Lesson 12: Power-up

Put the finishing touches on your final project and get it mobile by powering it with a battery.

Power-up

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Finish the Hi-Collector!

Lesson 13: Finish the Hi-Collector!

This is the final lesson for the Hi-5 Collector project. Learn different ways to cover and protect a soft circuit and how to diffuse a light with common craft materials. Get out there and get some high-fives!

Finish the Hi-Collector!

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Analog Output

Lesson 14: Analog Output

Learn how to fade an LED by closing a switch and how to use the vibe board.

Analog Output

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Analog Input

Lesson 15: Analog Input

Build your own flex sensor and learn how to read and use its values.

Analog Input

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Reading Body Movement

Lesson 16: Reading Body Movement

In this lesson, you will learn how to experiment with sensor placement in order to read a body's movements and choose the final placement for the Slouch Alter project.

Reading Body Movement

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Slouch Alert Circuit

Lesson 17: Slouch Alert Circuit

Build the final project circuit and upload the final project sketch.

Slouch Alert Circuit

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Transfer Circuit to T-shirt

Lesson 18: Transfer Circuit to T-shirt

In this lesson, you will transfer the Slouch Alert circuit to a t-shirt. Instead of using conductive for the traces, this time you will learn how to build the circuit using conductive fabric.

Transfer Circuit to T-shirt

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Finish the Slouch Alert and Make Noise!

Lesson 19: Finish the Slouch Alert and Make Noise!

This is the last lesson for the Slouch Alert project. Here I demo the Slouch Alert and share some bonus material on how to turn your LilyPad USB into a keyboard to get it triggering some cool sounds!

Finish the Slouch Alert and Make Noise!

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Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!