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 SoftLab is a space dedicated to the research and development of artistic projects using soft-circuits and wearable technology in the Center for Digital Arts & Experimental Media (DxArts) at the University of Washington, in Seattle.


DXARTS 490B: E-textiles & Wearables for Art & Design - Spring 2017

DXARTS 490B: E-textiles & Wearables for Art & Design - Spring 2017

490B is a studio class offered at DXARTS, on experimenting with electronic textiles, soft-circuits and wearable technology. Provides hands-on prototyping for physical computing projects that explore the body as an interface of control for interactive environments. The students engage with smart materials, hand-crafted electronics and creative programming with Arduino to design their own interactive wearables. E-textiles and wearable computing can be used in multimedia performance projects, interface or game design, medical monitoring systems, and also as educational tools for people of all ages.

Apart from experimenting with different materials and techniques, learning how to code and build circuits using the LilyPad Arduino and the ATtiny85 microcontrollers, the students had the opportunity to engage with practitioners through guest lectures and workshops.

For more info about them check the following posts: Hannah Perner-Wilson, Irene Posch, Tincuta Heinzel and Maggie Orth.

These are some of the students' final projects:

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Afroditi Psarra at Eyeo 2017 on Hand-Crafting Technological Artifacts & Wearable EMF Sensing

Afroditi Psarra at Eyeo 2017 on Hand-Crafting Technological Artifacts & Wearable EMF Sensing

Tincuta Heinzel on Interactive Textiles, Reactive Materials, Personalised Mass-Production

Tincuta Heinzel on Interactive Textiles, Reactive Materials, Personalised Mass-Production