a glove that lights up when you shake hands

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/

First Soft Circuits Open Lab

soft circuits open lab

This Sun­day we’re hold­ing our first Soft Cir­cuits Open Lab at the School of Fine Arts in Lis­bon (FBAUL — Fac­ul­dade de Belas Artes de Lis­boa). There is no pre­de­fined struc­ture for the event. We will meet for the course of one day with the pur­poses of shar­ing knowl­edge, exper­i­ment­ing freely, advanc­ing on-going projects, and just hav­ing fun work­ing together. Some of the peo­ple attend­ing will be spe­cial­ists in elec­tron­ics and oth­ers in tex­tiles. Bar­camp style impromptu pre­sen­ta­tions are very wel­come.

Alt­lab will pro­vide some basic tools such as pli­ers, scis­sors, sol­der­ing irons, iron­ing board, etc. But par­tic­i­pants must bring all the mate­ri­als and addi­tional equip­ment nec­es­sary for their own projects/experiments (includ­ing lap­tops). Here are some sug­ges­tions: any kind of fab­ric, nee­dles and thread, yarn, t-shirts, con­duc­tive and/or resis­tive fab­ric, con­duc­tive thread, con­duc­tive and/or resis­tive yarn, knit­ting and/or cro­chet nee­dles, LEDs, coin cell bat­ter­ies, bat­tery hold­ers, EL wire, strands of fiber optics, cop­per foil, cop­per adhe­sive track, alu­minum foil, resis­tive foam, reg­u­lar foam, arduinos (lily­pad or any other kind). If you’ve never worked with any of these mate­ri­als and don’t have them handy, come any­way, you can help some­one else with their project and learn along the way.

For more infor­ma­tion on soft cir­cuits tech­niques and mate­ri­als, check out the Soft Cir­cuits Resources sec­tion on the open­Ma­te­ri­als wiki.

This open lab will take place on Feb­ru­ary 21st, from 10:30 to 18:30, at the School of Fine Arts in Lis­bon, room 307, 1st floor (since our own space is still under con­struc­tion). All are wel­come, there is no fee nor reg­is­tra­tion, but please do let me know if you are plan­ning on com­ing: catarinamota(at)audienciazero.org