This mitten lights up when its wearer shakes hands with someone. It has two exposed soft contacts around the thumb and across the palm which, when bridged by bare skin, turn on the LED embedded on the flower. The mitten itself was created by fashion designer Isabel Tomás, and we then sewed a simple touch switch circuit onto it using conductive fabric and thread. It also works with high fives and holding hands :)
Isabel and I designed this as a soft circuits exercise for some upcoming materials workshops. You can find all the instructions and images we prepared for this purpose @ openMaterials:
altLab is a Portuguese hacklab located in Lisbon, Portugal. We’re dedicated to multidisciplinary experimentalism in digital media art. Everyone is welcome to show up at our meetings and be encouraged to join us. We meet every Tuesday 8.30pm at Praceta Domingos Rodrigues, nº2.
We have an altlab souvenir :) This cool T-Shirt !
This is a t-shirt selling campaign to help us raise money for our projects. We appreciate the support of anyone who is willing to purchase one for just €10. 4 Colors available: Black, Red, Blue and Dark Blue.
You can buy one at altLab’s events or in one of our Open Sessions, every Tuesday!