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Round displays

“LG Display unveils the world’s largest 6-inch elliptical and 1.4-inch circular-shaped LCD displays. The 6-inch elliptical LCD measures 78.8 mm in height and is 131.4 mm wide, while the 1.4-inch circular LCD measures 35.5 mm in diameter. Both LCD displays are capable of displaying up to 262,000 colors and have a near 160 degree viewing angle.”

round display

Add comment May 20th, 2008

Print me a Chip

Mikey77 gives a step by step instructions for making flexible circuits using an inkjet printer:

Extremely flexible and nearly transparent circuits can be made using conductive fabrics.

Inkjet printed circuit

Here are some of the experiments I’ve done with conductive fabrics. They can be painted or drawn on with resist and then etched like a standard circuit board. Conductive glue or conductive thread is then used to attach the components to the fabric circuit board…

More on the instructables  website

Add comment February 24th, 2008

Leah Buechley and her LilyPads

Do you have this flower shaped board with built-in bluetooth module in other colors? How about the Paisley shaped one?

Leah Buechley is a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Colorado and she’s part of the Craft Technology Group. her research explores the intersection of computational and physical media, focusing on computational textiles or electronic textiles (e-textiles) - soft, flexible, fabric-based computers. Her work in e-textiles includes developing a method for creating cloth printed circuit boards (fabric PCBs) and designing the commercially-available LilyPad Arduino system, which enables novices to build soft wearable computers.

LilyPad Arduino: e-textile construction kit vLilyPad Arduino: e-textile construction kit version 2.0ersion 2.0

LilyPad Arduino

Arduino board

Hard core Arduino

What I love about the work she does is that it makes it accessible to technophobics, eliminating the technical look and feel current electonics have. it looks like an object of desire rather than a misterious, cold artefact most electronic parts look like. The aesthetic qualities of her electronics appeal to people on the emotional level rather than the rational one.

Can you imagine embedding Lilypads into the fabrics in quilting class and making it reactive when you cuddle with your sweetheart in it? I can.

Add comment February 24th, 2008

Wiring - Prototyping toolkit

From Wiring’s website:

“Wiring is an open source programming environment and electronics i/o board for exploring the electronic arts, tangible media, teaching and learning computer programming and prototyping with electronics. It illustrates the concept of programming with electronics and the physical realm of hardware control which are necessary to explore physical interaction design and tangible media aspects.

Wiring board

Wiring is an open project initiated by Hernando Barragán (Universidad de Los Andes | Architecture and Design School). Wiring started at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy and it is currently developed at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia.

Wiring builds on Processing, an open project initiated by Ben Fry (Broad Institute) and Casey Reas (UCLA Design | Media Arts). Processing evolved from ideas explored in the Aesthetics and Computation Group at the MIT Media Lab”

Add comment February 20th, 2008


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