Monday, 26 March 2012
This workshop at the V&A was a good introduction to smart materials and showed us how to embed circuits into fabrics. We used conductive thread and various sensors to construct circuits to light up LEDs. We were shown how to incorporate light and pressure sensors into textiles so that they light up when parts of the fabric are touched or exposed to light. Switches can be made in different ways and we were shown how to make them from Velcro, using conductive material, so they could be taken apart, and from a loose connector made from a metal bead which lit up different circuits as it made connections with them. The day was very enjoyable and we came away with lots of useful ideas that could be incorporated into many different smart projects.