Do you have dreams of blinging out your gear but have no idea where to start? This episode of the Maker Show will explore the wide world of wearables - from MicroControllers made for wearables to conductive thread, and even a little bad sewing skills thrown down in between. Get started with your first soft interactive electronics project by learning some of the basics first.
[02:12] Conductive Thread
[02:17] What is Conductive Thread?
[03:40] Choosing what Conductive Thread to use for Your Project
[04:42] The 5 Things about Conductive Thread to Know
[06:30] Conductive Materials
[07:00] How to use your Mulitmeter for test for Continuity
[09:15] Microcontrollers for Wearables
[10:50] Microcontrollers: The LilypadArduino
[12:39] Microcontrollers: The Flora by Adafruit
[15:17] Microcontrollers: The Gemma by Adafruit
[17:00] Microcontrollers: The Photon Wearable Shield from Sparkfun
Materials shown in this section are the following:
Tips in this section:
- Keep your fabric taut with an embroidery hoop
- Design your circuit, even use tailor chalk to plan it out
- Use beeswax or some type of wax to keep your ends from fraying
- When sewing to a pad on a microcontroller, make sure you do 2-3 loops to ensure a solid connection and coverage on the pad.
- Keep your stiches uniform and the gaps uniform, and ideally small.
- When knotting off your thread, use nail polish to "set it" and help the thread tails from fraying
- Cut your tails close to the knot to avoid them touching other circuits
Materials used in this section are the following:
- Embroidery Hoop
- 3Ply Stainless Steel Conductive Thread
- This awesome cat shirt
- Flora Version 2
- Flora RGB Smart NeoPixel
- Clear Nail Polish
[26:00] Some Questionable Sewing
[26:48] Lighting up the awesome Cat shirt
As always, please do share anything that you might make! Feel free to leave questions or comments below, and thanks for watching!