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Book description

Ready to take your craft projects to the next level? With "smart" materials, unorthodox assembly techniques, and the right tools, you can create accessories, housewares, and toys that light up, make sounds, or do even more. Fashioning Technology is an introductory DIY book that brings technology and crafts together in a fun and unique way. You get jargon-free primers and lots of how-to projects that will have you making -- and even wearing -- functional works of art. Written for a broad audience, this book demonstrates how to blend sewing and assembly techniques with traditional electronics to assemble simple circuits using conductive thread, solder joints for snaps, and switches for buttons. With the sewing machine as a viable substitute for the soldering iron, you can craft a new generation of objects that are interactive, quirky, and fashion-conscious. Author Syuzi Pakhchyan, a seasoned artist, roboticist, and teacher, explains how to use smart materials such as thermo- and photochromatic inks that change color by touch or sunlight, magnetic and conductive paints, polymorph plastic, fiber optics, and more. In Fashioning Technology, you'll find:

  • An invaluable reference section that breaks down the materials, components, and tools with clear, concise explanations and photos

  • A wide range of projects, including electronic accessories, interactive plush toys, and color-changing blinds, all using diverse crafting techniques

  • Techniques for seasoned crafters interested in incorporating simple electronics into their own projects

  • Methods for makers proficient in electronics who are looking for unconventional ways to create novel projects

Each project encourages you to personalize and customize using your own designs, materials, and craft skills. Fashioning Technology translates traditional electronics into fun, fashionable interactive projects for the geek, fashionista, and the craft aficionado alike. Now you really can be the flashiest dresser in town.

Table of Contents

  1. TABLE OF CONTENTS
  2. WELCOME
  3. 1 MATERIALS & TOOLS
    1. NEW CONDUCTIVE AND SMART MATERIALS
      1. Materials Index
    2. INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS
    3. ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS
      1. Components Index
    4. YOUR TOOLBOX
  4. 2 TECHNICAL PRIMERS
    1. WORKING WITH LEDS
      1. Powering LEDs and Limiting Current
      2. Understanding the Technical Specifications for LEDs
      3. Using Resistor Calculators
      4. Connecting LEDs
      5. Wiring LEDs in Parallel Versus Series
      6. Different Types of LEDs
    2. BUILDING A SIMPLE CIRCUIT
      1. The Basics: Voltage, Current, and Resistance
      2. Prototyping a Simple Circuit Using a Breadboard
      3. Prototyping a Circuit Using a Perforated Board
    3. CHOOSING THE BEST POWER SUPPLY
      1. Understanding Batteries
      2. Connecting Batteries: Series Versus Parallel
      3. Connecting Solar Cells: Series Versus Parallel
      4. Different Types of Batteries
      5. The Alternative Energy Source
      6. Different Types of Solar Cells
      7. Power Adapters
    4. THE ART OF SOLDERING
      1. The Tools
      2. Soldering Basics
    5. THE BASICS OF SCREEN PRINTING
      1. Choice in Materials
    6. SEWING SOFT CIRCUITS
      1. Conductive Threads and Textiles
      2. Sewing by Machine: The Perfect Stitch
      3. Making Switches from Fastening Devices
      4. Making Soft Switches (or Pressure Sensors)
    7. TROUBLESHOOTING CIRCUITS
      1. Check Your Connections
      2. Using a Multimeter
      3. Determining the Polarity of an LED
  5. 3 WEARABLES
    1. LED BRACELET
      1. TEMPLATES
    2. ROCK STAR HEADPHONES
      1. TEMPLATES
    3. SPACE INVADERS TOTE
      1. TEMPLATES
    4. AERIAL the BIRDIE BROOCH
      1. PATTERN & TEMPLATE
  6. 4 HOME ACCENTS
    1. PHOTOCHROMIC BLINDS
      1. PATTERNS
    2. LUMINESCENT TEA TABLE
      1. TEMPLATES
    3. LED CHANDELIER
    4. ROCK ’N’ ROLL SPEAKERS
      1. TEMPLATES
  7. 5 INTERACTIVE TOYS
    1. E-PUPPETS
      1. EMOTING ELECTRONIC FINGER PUPPETS
      2. TEMPLATES
    2. GLAM THE GLO BUG
      1. TEMPLATES
    3. SOLAR CRAWLER
    4. SMART MOBILE
      1. TEMPLATES
      2. RESOURCES
        1. AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
        2. CONTRIBUTORS
      3. INDEX
        1. A
        2. B
        3. C
        4. D
        5. E
        6. F
        7. G
        8. H
        9. I
        10. K
        11. L
        12. M
        13. N
        14. O
        15. P
        16. R
        17. S
        18. T
        19. U
        20. V
        21. W
        22. Y
        23. Z