light up glove

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 :)

high five 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:

http://openmaterials.org/2010/03/03/making-a-glove-that-lights-up-with-a-hand-shake/