About the instructor
Emilie Giles
Emilie Giles is a researcher, artist and educator, her work spanning creative technology, crafting and pervasive gaming. She is a Ph.D. student at The Open University exploring how e-textiles can be used as interactive tools for blind and visually impaired people, using participatory design approaches. Recently Em has been working with the V&A, Tate Britain, LCC, and RCA as well as developing programs with D-Lab. (Image : Tim Mitchell)
e.j.giles@gmail.com
http://www.emiliegiles.co.uk/
Soft Circuits Workshop
Design and sew your own robot while learning about e-textiles.
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April 19, 2019 10:00 AM
April 19, 2019 1:00 PM
£39
D-Lab Berkhamsted
HP4 3AS
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We think of machines, particularly robots, as being things which are hard and made from metal, wires, buttons and circuit boards. With the rise of e-textiles and wearables what about robots which are soft? There is already much research around robots as being comforting for lonely people - it would be even better if we could hug them surely?

The workshop will teach young people and their families how to make a simple 2D soft circuit (e-textile) robot out of felt, designed and sewn by them. As well as thinking about toy design we will go through the process of sewing a simple circuit - this time incorporating two LEDs into the object to represent eyes, making a parallel circuit.

Learn:

  • Some basic sewing skills
  • How to include electronics in textile projects
  • About e-textiles and its use in robotics
  • How to design and make your own products

Make:

  • Your own soft robot, complete with light up eyes

Who is this workshop for?

Families and young people interested in textiles, computing, robotics, and electronics.

Children aged 8+ can be dropped off, younger children are welcome to come and make with a parent.

About the instructor
Emilie Giles
Emilie Giles is a researcher, artist and educator, her work spanning creative technology, crafting and pervasive gaming. She is a Ph.D. student at The Open University exploring how e-textiles can be used as interactive tools for blind and visually impaired people, using participatory design approaches. Recently Em has been working with the V&A, Tate Britain, LCC, and RCA as well as developing programs with D-Lab. (Image : Tim Mitchell)
e.j.giles@gmail.com
http://www.emiliegiles.co.uk/
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