Hannah Perner-Wilson: How to Get the Most From E-Textiles #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #DIY
Often when people ask me about leaders in wearable tech, I offer the name Hannah Perner-Wilson. She is the one you rarely hear about, yet you probably have seen a version of her E-textile sensors. Well, thanks to Anna Blumenkranz, the world is about to learn more about Hannah and her work. Anna has launched a book Wearables für Maker. Experimentieren, nähen, gestalten (Wearables for Makers. Experimenting, sewing, shaping). The book is filled with interviews of people doing E-textiles and Anna is currently posting some excerpts on her blog. So, here’s a snippet from the interview (which has been translated from German).
Camera, cutter, crochet hook, multimeter, tweezers, sewing needle, soldering iron, pencil, paper and my hands.
How do you start a new project?
Playing around with materials helps developing ideas. Some of them later grow into projects. And sometimes they feed into a concept and you realise it. However while making a project I never stop questioning the initial idea and taking it further.
Advice to new E-textile newbies?
Start with materials. The multimeter offers you a possibility to discover and understand electrical properties. Experiment, document and share your results.
A big thanks to Anna for creating a book that all wearable techies will love. If you would like to take Hannah’s advice and explore conductive materials, check out our Sensor Film Kit. You can experiment with your own sensors using black sensor film, foil and adhesive polyester film. It’s always good to try new things—show us what you make!
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.
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