by Tony Olsson

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C H A P T E R  4

Smart Materials and Tools

Smart materials have one or more properties that can change its state using external stimuli like stress, electricity, moisture, magnetic fields, and more. However, the term “smart materials” is also used to refer to materials combined with electronics. We will not bother with definition of the word, but instead focus on the most important aspect of smart materials, and that is how awesome they are. In this chapter, I will list a few of the smart materials that we’ll use in the book, as well as some other ones that I have come across during my prototyping years. I will also introduce some tools that are good to have in your prototyping kit along with your standard sewing equipment.

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