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Basic Electronics Class 3 Description: Sensors and Wearable Technologies

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.

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  • yhouy

    The teacher and helpers were awesome!

    January 30, 2014

  • Howard O.

    I was more interested in the sewing part. Too bad we did not get to that part. However, Stan showed me the book "Fashionable Technologies". I will be buying it on Make.com for $24.95. I checked EBAY and AMAZON and their prices were nuts. I helped a lot of people at this workshop as I am an Electrical Engineer and love to teach also.

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Daniel

    Good basic intro to materials and components. Great coursework in general. Was hoping to get around to the topic of the class (wearables) earlier in the course, but got plenty of meterial to take home and hack with. Skipping desoldering or supplying components ready to sew might have gotten us through the material faster.

    January 20, 2014

  • Marcia W.

    trojan program detected when I clicked on her book according to my virus software?? (yes old woman)

    January 12, 2014

    • Stan H.

      Hi. Marcia! Were you ordering book through craftzine.com? How about the blog link?

      January 13, 2014

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