MAS.962 | Spring 2010 | Graduate

Special Topics: New Textiles

Assignment 1: Soft Circuit

Assignment 1: Amy's Whale Monster

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By Amy LeMessurier

When I saw the stroke sensor in class last Wednesday, I immediately thought of some kind of stuffed animal that senses when it’s being touched. I started by making the sensor, then constructed the monster (whale? hedgehog?) around that piece. The output when the stroke sensor is touched is a single LED in one of the monster’s eyes. Surprisingly (considering the tangle of thread on the inside), it actually works! At first, I connected everything the wrong way, but I figured it out eventually. I embroidered the face on my sewing machine using free-form stitching. I also attached the buttons I made in class last Wednesday to the tail, mostly so that I could use the battery pack attached to it without taking apart the buttons. When you push the buttons on the tail, each one lights up an LED.

The monster’s face.

Stroke sensor on the tail.

Close-up of the stroke sensor.

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