Kate + Adafruit = Yay!

Photo by N. Maxwell Lander

Hi! I’m Kate Hartman (in the photo above, I’m on the left). I’m an Associate Professor at OCAD University in Toronto where I teach in the Digital Futures graduate and undergraduate programs. I also teach wearable electronics and physical computing courses across the university. And every June I come back to New York to run ITP Camp, a summer camp for grown ups at New York University.

I’ve been working in wearable electronics since 2005 when it used to be a lot harder to get ahold of all the cool materials we work with to make wearables today. Recently I published a book called Make: Wearable Electronics that is all about how to get up and running with wearables projects.

I’m the Director of the Social Body Lab at OCAD – a research group focused on exploring body-centric technologies in the social context. We produce working technological prototypes, material proof‑of‑concepts, design iterations, and at times artistic explorations. Works to date have included instructional materials for creating wearables that can communicate wirelessly, posture feedback systems for office workers, kits that enable designers to better work with electronics and clothing, fashionable lighting for cyclists, and muscle‑activated kinetic textiles. Currently we (Izzie Colpitts-Campbell, Boris Kourtoukov, and I) are working on a new project titled “Inquisitive Devices”, a zany exploration of possible futures for wearable devices. More on that soon!

I’m sabbatical for the 2015-2016 academic which gives me the opportunity to do cool things like E-Textile Summer Camp, ITP Something-In-Residence, and Autodesk Artist-in-Residence. This week I have the lovely opportunity of hanging out and working on wearables at Adafruit. You’ll be seeing some blog posts from me and I’ll also be co-hosting the Wearable Electronics show with Becky. See you on the internets!


As 2022 starts, let’s take some time to share our goals for CircuitPython in 2022. Just like past years (full summary 2019, 2020, and 2021), we’d like everyone in the CircuitPython community to contribute by posting their thoughts to some public place on the Internet. Here are a few ways to post: a video on YouTub, a post on the CircuitPython forum, a blog post on your site, a series of Tweets, a Gist on GitHub. We want to hear from you. When you post, please add #CircuitPython2022 and email circuitpython2022@adafruit.com to let us know about your post so we can blog it up here.

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 32,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers – CircuitPython.org

Maker Business — Pololu’s account of the chip shortage

Wearables — Stay frosty

Electronics — High voltage logic

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: CircuitPython 2022 Survey, Python #1 in 2021 and more! #Python #CircuitPython @micropython @ThePSF

Adafruit IoT Monthly — 2021 in Recap!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — New Products 1/12/22 Feat. Adafruit QT Py ESP32-S2 WiFi Dev Board with uFL Antenna Port – STEMMA QT!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !

No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.