Calling all Trinity College Dublin staff and students: we've collaborated with researchers in the School of Computer Science and Statistics on this pilot series of six workshops on wearable electronics, with hands-on tutorials in basic skills to enable you to design and build your own wearable projects. Combine basic fabric crafts with simple programmable electronics to create interactive accessories or modified clothing using sensors, circuits, LEDs and more.
The workshops will take place from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesdays from 15th March to 19th April, with a private exhibition of finished pieces in Science Gallery Dublin on the evening of 26th April. Workshops take place in MAKESHOP on Lincoln Place, opposite the National Gallery.
The first half of the workshop series will cover the fundamentals of DIY wearable electronics, including how to sew circuits in fabric with conductive thread, crafting sensors out of conductive textiles, and the basics of electronic prototyping with Adafruit FLORA, the wearable electronics platform.
You'll then come up with your own wearable project, and over the second half of the course we'll help you make it. No experience with sewing / electronics / programming languages is necessary; tailor your project to your strengths and interests, and make it as simple or as complex as you want.
Course materials are included in the €30 fee.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
You will need to bring a laptop that can connect to wifi. You'll need this to write and upload code onto an Adafruit FLORA via USB, so your laptop must be able to download the applications and drivers over wifi, and must have at least one working USB port so it can communicate with the FLORA!
WHO CAN TAKE PART?
This workshop series is funded by the Trinity Fund for the Visual and Performing Arts, and is open to Trinity College Dublin students and staff.
It is a collaboration between MAKESHOP and the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin.