Saturday, December 19, 2009


I don't know if other people have seen this or not but I thought some of you might find it amusing. A friend sent me this link.

Pong Prom -

I'm not sure what component's the guy was using but it's a neat example of something that can be done as a wearable, interactive piece.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


maybe we need an instructables link at side?
and people continue posting things they find there?
its got to be one of the best sharing resources sites.

check this out it is posted right now at the top level of instructables too

Saturday, November 21, 2009

DIY 3D mouse

Here is a link for William (and everyone else) concerning a DIY 3.D mouse controller using an Arduino.

make conductive paint and glue

ok, i have to do this!! who else wants to try these? I'll order some materials over the break.

if you try this, make sure to follow the warnings about ventilation.

conductive tattoing

Here's a followup on that conductive tattoo that william showed thursday -- they claim that this paint is non-toxic, i'd like to see the ingredients. The conductive paint we have found has some toxicity.

the second link isnt actually tattoo but implant but poses some interesting possibilities and issues -- obviously the video in the second is not real, would have liked to see the research with the mouse.

conductive body paint
silicone skin implant as screen

here's williams link he showed

just looked closer at williams and d'oh -- looks like its the same people!!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Alright so someone correct me if I'm wrong. So the beauty of this is that it doesn't have to be hooked up to the computer for some things. However, the problem that I'm having at the moment is how do you hook everything up? I know we went over a basic circuit in the workshop, which is fine.

But what we didn't go over in any way shape or forum is how you're supposed to put everything together when you start doing something other then just turning on an LED light or two. I tried going through the link about electronics/circuits and honestly it for the most part sounds like a foreign language to me.

Could we maybe go over a crash course in how to wire everything together/thread it together or whatever ends up happening. How to hook up the power source to the lillypad board, to the sensors, etc. How do you figure out what sort of power source you need (what's too much or not enough), and stuff like that? Or does someone have a link to an electronic for dummies sort of thing? Because I'm not find anything online that is very helpful. I figured it out for what I'm doing at the moment but I'm not sure how much farther I can get on my own and I'd rather not fry any more LED lights or anything else then I already have. :)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sensors Guide on Lady Ada

Hi William
Can you add this link and the adafruit link to the blog? Maybe its there and i didnt see...

another vendor

and if any of you dont know who ada is...


jack and flash + arduino

hi all

Jack will visit the group on thursday to give you a demo of the work he did this summer for me setting up a Flash + Arduino + proximity sensor communication that I'm using in my project.

He'll show this at the early part of the class.

I see you got the CNMAT link, their list of sensors is excellent.

see you Tues

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Website resources

Great to have this to post to!!  Below are a few sites I wanted to share with everyone.

Here's a link to our CT blog and one of Hannah's sites (she's from MIT and helped many at the IU workshop) Great "how to" info and resource list.  Feel free to browse either blog site...there's lots of goodies scattered throughout.

FYI we get our LilyPad parts from SparkFun the manufacturers, check them out at:

Conductive fabric & thread is from   To order the $10 fabric sample kit go to to the bottom of page: Be sure to specify that you want a sample of Hook & Loop (conductive velcro).  They also have conductive epoxy glue, paint, fabric tape, and lots more!

If you're into magnets check out our blog page at  I've heard K&J Magnets are extremely strong (from the MIT crew) so they are probably too strong for youth to pull just be aware.

Happy browsing!
Diane (the researcher)

Even More Resources

Thanks for the post, Diane! I'll add your links to the sidebar (over there --> )

I've also got some more stuff for you guys,

For those interested in delving deeper into electronics, you can learn the basics (and "advanceds") of electronic circuitry at I think they make it pretty easy to understand.

Center for New Media and Audio Technologies - Berkeley - Berkeley's online searchable resources for all kinds of technology (relating primarily to audio). May be useful for people.

Some things to look for/consider: using different kinds of materials to create sensors, circuits, switches, etc.

Another thing to look into: Muscle Wire (this is the stuff they used to make those dresses contract


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Let's Get This Party Started

Hello shiny happy peoples,

I'm going to kick off this blog with a few resources. If you haven't already, you should check out the arduino homepage here:

Check out the Pure Data homepage here:

I'll be adding some more resources just as soon as I can remember what they are!

Have a good one y'all.