Basic Electronics Class 3 will focus on electronic sensor technologies and how they can be integrated with wearable fabrics.
The first part of the class will review sensor technologies, including how transistors and operational amplifiers convert sensor information into useful data signals.
The practical part of the class will introduce one of the hottest trends in the Maker movement – “wearable technologies”. Learn how to combine electronic components with fabric to create soft, flexible circuits. The “hands-on” part of the class will teach skills for building surface-mount electronic projects, as well as how to use a needle and thread to create soft circuits. Optional References: Syuzi Pakhchyan’s book, “Fashioning Technology”, has helped drive this “smart crafting” movement in the Maker community.
Syuzi’s blog site also has lots of practical applications that have been developed over the last five years.
Some of the topics that will be covered during Basic Electronics Class 3 include:
• Sensors and signal conditioning technologies
- Sensor overview – common sensors for detecting light, sound, and touch
- Transistors and operational amplifiersSignal conditioning
• Electronic Surface-Mount Components Overview
- Equivalent electronic components in surface-mount packaging.
- Surface-mount printed circuit boards and their related components
• Handtools overview
- Tweezers, solder, soldering irons, magnification, etc.
• Interfacing electronic components to fabric
- Sewing electronic components into soft circuitsHow to use conductive thread
• How to adapt textile components into wearable electronic components
- Power supply and battery interfacing techniques
Cost: $20 includes basic SYN Shop class fee of $10 for use of tools and site, plus $10 fee for components/materials used in class projects that can be taken home.