Updated Links, Resources, Etc

Wearables and Electronics Resources  April 2012-March 2013

 Materials/ Sensors to buy or make

Bare conductive Ink (and tutorials) http://bareconductive.com/tutorials

NeuroSky – EEG sensor – http://store-eu.neurosky.com/products/mindwave-1

Conductive shopping list and cool wearable projects – How to Get What You Want –


open Materials http://openmaterials.org/2011/03/27/materials-101-electrotextiles/#special

Flexible Stretch sensors http://www.imagesco.com/sensors/stretch-sensor.html

Plug and Wear http://www.plugandwear.com/default.asp?mod=cat&cat_id=86

Soft Circuits /Wearables resources 

Soft and hard sensor projects and resources http://www.mediamatic.net/12648/en/wearable-arduino

Plusea soft electronics http://www.plusea.at/?p=938

Awesome “kit-of-no parts” electronics you make http://web.media.mit.edu/~plusea/?category_name=actuators

Soft Circuits Saturdays Wearable projects and resources http://softcircuitsaturdays.com/projects/

Felted Signal Processing http://fsp.fm/

Electronics and Microcontrollers

Lillypad http://lilypadarduino.org

Xbee for liilypad http://lilypadxbee.katehartman.com/about-soft-circuits/

Arduino http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arduino

Seeduino Frame Film http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10181 and http://www.seeedstudio.com/wiki/Seeeduino_Frame:_Sewing

Bluetooth Modem – BlueSMiRF Gold £43.99 (incl.VAT) http://www.hobbytronics.co.uk/wireless/bluetooth/bluesmirf-modem

Rugged Circuits Yellowjacket https://shop.ruggedcircuits.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=26

Nanode http://www.nanode.eu/what-is-nanode/

Bildr http://bildr.org/

GSR Kit Makershed http://www.makershed.com/Galvanic_Skin_Response_Kit_p/msgr01.htm

BlueSMiRF Silver Bluetooth modem and Mac OS X http://www.whizzosoftware.com/forums/blog/1/entry-48-bluesmirf-silver-bluetooth-modem-and-mac-os-x/

Source code and projects 

Open Processing http://openprocessing.org/

Dailyduino http://dailyduino.com/


Arduino – http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Foundations

Processing/Arduino application step-by-step http://community.pachube.com/arduino/usb/processing

Arduino and Firmata libraries http://www.arduino.cc/playground/Interfacing/Processing


*Learning Processing http://www.learningprocessing.com/examples/

– Processing’s own learning references – http://www.processing.org/learning/

– Processing reference (you’ll need it) – http://processing.org/reference/

– Processing’s wiki with Video tutorials – http://wiki.processing.org/w/Video_Tutorials_by_Jose_Sanchez

http://www.PLETHORA-project.com/ – Tutorials by Jose Sanchez

– Lucky Bite and iProcessing http://luckybite.com/iprocessing/

Processing and the Kinect – Learning


– workshop material is online, and you can review and study the material for the workshop at:


Some extra examples for using the Kinect with sound and some other libraries. Once you understand the Kinect programming up to the tutorial called “Getting Joint Position in 3D Space from the Kinect” in the link above, you should be ok to begin to link it to third party libraries. Here are some pointers of where to look.

Some Processing plugins and tutorials  http://toxiclibs.org

Pachube https://pachube.com/support

Pachube with Arduino and Processing http://dailyduino.com/archives/616

uLog data logger from Sparkfun – http://www.sunshinehere.com/blog/?p=83

Circuits (open circuits resources) http://www.opencircuits.com/Main_Page

Becky’s slides http://www.slideshare.net/beckystewart

VVVV (only for PC) http://vvvv.org/documentation/tutorials

Soft Circuit workshop notes


alligator clips = prototyping

craft foam to clip on lilly pad

do not expose conductive thread for long periods/tarnishes and degrades

conductive yard – cooper and bamboo


continuity test = touch both ends and noise means electricity going thru; use to test after sewing circuit


(felt sensor 2.3 Ohms resistance when stretches lower in resistance)

Voltage Divider


Water pressure in pipe analogy = resistance

take resistance change and make it into voltage for ardunio to understand

Voltage = current x resistance

Neoprene fabrics http://www.ewetsuits.com/acatalog/Neoprene-Sheets.html#a714

Intriguing Projects

iPad /iPhone sensors and location-based capabilities


Sensor Sleeve – How to Get What You Want http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2542

Temperature sensors and Arduino http://dailyduino.com/archives/552

Arduino Color Mixer controlled by iPhone http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Color-Mixer-controlled-by-iPhone-1/ needs Touch OSC http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/touchosc/id288120394?mt=8

Curious iPhones by InteractiveLab – Arduino, Processing, CIDetector iOS http://www.creativeapplications.net/iphone/curious-iphones-by-interactivelab-arduino-processing-opencv-ios-of/








The sound and music library was Minim, which is bundled with Processing. If you open Processing, and go to File->Examples and scroll down to Libraries, you will find a folder called Minim. In there is an example called SineWaveSignal, which shows how to control a simple tone with the mouse.


If you haven’t already, download an install the ToxicLibs library (http://toxiclibs.org/). It is a library of powerful graphics objects that are more powerful than those bundled with Processing. The example I demonstrated at the end that I had linked to the Kinect was based upon one in File->Examples->Contributed Libraries->Verlet Physics called Attraction2D. You must install toxiclibs first, and then restart Processing to be able to see these examples.


This idea is very powerful – it allows you to send Kinect data to programs that perhaps have better graphics or music capabilities than Processing. The technology is called OSC (which stands for OpenSoundControl) and is basically sending data over a network. We have a simple tutorial for using OSC and Processing here (though you will need to download a library, described in the tutorial):



Heartbeat software for iPhone http://like.allmyfaves.com/like/site/name/cardiio.com

Cool visualisations http://openprocessing.org/user/1032

PR0C0D1N6 for iOS Michael Markert – http://www.audiocommander.de/

alternative cardiac sensor article – http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/25701/page2/

Mobile App development http://www.creativeapplications.net/android/mobile-app-development-processing-android-tutorial/

  • The Apple Barrier: An open source interface to the iPhone _ Tom Keene


References from The Apple Barrier: An open source interface to the iPhone:

1) Ye-Sheng Kuo, Thomas Schmid, and Prabal Dutta. (2.9.2010). Hijacking Power and Bandwidth from the Mobile Phone’s Audio Interface.

2)  David Jurick, Adam Stolarz, Damien Stolarz. (4.9.2009) iPhone Hacks. O’Reilly Media / Make. United States.

3)  Play with Arduino – iPhone audio jack for use through. http://arms22.blog91.fc2.com/blogentry-350.html (1.4.2011)

4) Nawrath, Martin.  Arduino DDS Sinewave Generator. http://interface.khm.de/index.php/lab/experiments/arduino-dds-sinewave-generator/ (2011)


Learning Processing, 1st Ed. A Beginner’s Guide to Programming Images, Animation, and Interaction, D  Shiffman,  http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780123736024

Making Things Talk, 2nd Ed, Tom Igoe, O’Reilly Media / Make –

Using Sensors, Networks, and Arduino to see, hear, and feel your worldhttp://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920010920.do?sortby=publicationDate

Fashion Geek: Clothes Accessories Tech – Diana Eng http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1600610838

Fashionable Technology: The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science and Technology -Sabine Seymour http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/321179591X

Fashion & Sustainability: Design for Change, Kate Fletcher and Lynda Grose http://www.laurenceking.com/product/Fashion+—+Sustainability%3A+Design+for+Change.htm

Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance by Matilda McQuaid and Philip Beesley http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0500512256

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