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 just in time for the holiday season. The “hands-on” part of the class will teach skills for connecting electronic components, as well as how to use a needle and thread to create soft circuits.
Some of the topics that will be covered during Basic Electronics Class 3 include:
1. Sensors and signal conditioning technologies
a. Sensor overview – common sensors for detecting light, sound, and touch.
b. Transistors and operational amplifiers
c. Signal conditioning
2. Interfacing electronic components to fabric:
a. Sewing electronic components into soft circuits
b. How to use conductive thread
c. How to adapt textile components into wearable electronic
d. Power supply and battery interfacing techniques
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: