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Building Open Source Hardware: DIY Manufacturing for Hackers and Makers by Alicia Gibb

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9. Wearables

Becky Stern

“Change the world one sequin at a time.”

—Lady Gaga

Electronics get out into the world when you wear them on your body. Creating a wearable device poses unique challenges in construction, durability, safety, and usability. As more wearable electronic products come to market, it’s increasingly important for the open source hardware community to publish project tutorials that make wearable technology reachable for hobbyists. Our bodies are personal real estate, and we should be able to create and understand the technology that’s used to augment them. Furthermore, the wearables field has a huge fashion component, which is uniquely suited to gain the attention of textile craftspeople who otherwise wouldn’t venture into electrical ...

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