Not sure what to do with that old t-shirt or even that new one to give it that extra level of special, but have a love of making new things?! Then you should definitely dive headfirst into wearable electronics. I attended a sewable electronics workshop lead by the one and only Linino Woman, Tenaya Hurst from Rogue Making at Staten Island Makerspace. MakerSpace had some of their awesomely designed t-shirts on hand as well as some people using their favorites to learn how to light up their shirts with sewable LEDs.
How are they sewable? They have holes provided for the contact to be made with conductive thread. We learned about forward voltage, series vs. parallel circuits, and why some LED colors play better with others. Starting off with connecting our ‘shorties’ or jumper wires to lay out our circuit we soon got to town with sewing our designs. Check out some of the photos below and make sure to follow @TenayaHurst, @circuitsyn, and @simakerspace for more to come!
I have recently focused my efforts back into teaching classes through inspiration from all these great makers young and old! I will be working on a new website to bring you the best content, but in the mean time please see http://www.makerspace.nyc for all the great classes I and others will be teaching. A fantastic Start to the summer!
With that said I wanted to introduce you all to a fantastic product I have started to utilize for some of my classes called LittleBits. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Lego of electronics’ this product allows people to dive into STEM with little to no working knowledge of engineering and make something wonderful. Just check out what was made at our recent family class! We had families, making their own music, a family working on a wireless robotic car, and one member already linking up legos, before I had the chance to purchase these awesome brick adapters. More to come and event classes focused on Arduino with LittleBits!
So with the recent rage over the Raspberry Pi I just had to have me one. Only one problem. I needed a case for when using it on the go. I could just buy one from some great places like www.adafruit.com or such, but for me I wanted to make my own. For this case I used a design that has been shared that you can find here. I chose to start with a previous design as it is a major pain to measure all the parts to spec. I downsized the case, removed an extra sheet of plastic, designed it for 1.6mm plastic, adding an extra 2 bolting areas for security/strength and trimmed the sides to make it light weight and small to better compliment the RaspPi. In addition I added a raspberry pi logo. Since I took the core of the design for my own use I wanted to do the same and share the .dxf file freely available for you all to use. You can grab it here. All the best and enjoy!