2006 10th IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers (2006)
Oct. 11, 2006 to Oct. 14, 2006
Leah Buechley , Craft Technology Group, University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Computer Science. buechley@
Construction kits have long been popular as educational artifacts, supporting and encouraging creative explorations of engineering and design; but to date, such kits have had little connection with the new and expanding field of electronic textiles (e-textiles). We believe that creating an "e-textile construction kit" could provide a powerful new medium to engage a diverse range of students in electrical engineering and computer science. This paper, then, describes a construction kit designed to introduce novices to electronics, computing and design via e-textiles. We describe each component of the kit, provide examples of constructions that were built with the kit, and examine the durability of these constructions. We conclude with a discussion of the results of preliminary user testing and an exploration of our plans for continued work in this area.
L. Buechley, "A Construction Kit for Electronic Textiles," 2006 10th IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers(ISWC), Montreux, Switzerland, 2006, pp. 83-90.