Makers, tailors and hobbyists wanting to learn more about conductive thread and e-textile applications which combine traditional textile techniques with computer interactions. May be interested in a new tutorial published to the Medium website by designer and CEO of Wearable Media Studio Yuchen Zhang.
Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about conductive thread technology and what can be accomplished using materials and electronics. “Punch needle embroidery, one of the tufting methods, may go back as far as ancient Egypt while some believe it developed in medieval Europe. This experiment shows how needle punch tufting with conductive and nonconductive threads can be used to construct sensors. With this technique, designers could integrate e-textile sensors into furniture design, fashion design, carpet design and other interior design applications with capacitive touch, pressure and gesture sensing input.”
“4 different pile heights were used along with 4 different circuit diagrams. This allowed for 16 test samples. Each test sample was connected to a multimeter and the results were recorded. Tufting with conductive thread could be developed into carpeting to sense foot traffic patterns and motion through a space. It could be integrated into wearable garments to interface with our ever-growing world of smart devices.”
For more information on the tutorial and inspiration using conductive thread jump over to the Medium website by following the link below.