University of Applied Sciences Augsburg (summer 2020)

This course is centered around Wearables and electronic textiles. The aim of the course was not only to develop and experiment with hand-crafted soft wearable sensors, but also to engage critically in current socio-political issues and investigate artistic ideas with the means of practice-based research. This course also happened to take place right in the beginning of the Covid-19 lock-down. So this documentation also offers some insights into online-teaching and techniques which worked well for prototyping dictactics.


Due to Covid-19 lockdown, each student has received a following package of materials prior to the beginning of the course: felt, conductive thread, embroidery needle, embroidery threads, multimeter, a range of resistors, a range of leds – sewable and non-sewable, 3V battery and a sewable battery holder, iron-on adhersive, piezo-resistive fabric, conductive fabric (silver and copper), lilypad, usb cable and breakout board, sewable snaps and crocodile clips.


Minor Project I: Unmaking & Material Culture
Task: Take one electronic and one textile artifact. Take them apart and study their anatomy and their history and speculate about its alternative uses.


Online Tutorials for DIY analogue sensors:

Useful Links:
– an e-textile database, especially good for sensors, by Kobakant: How To Get What You Want:
– How to Work with Conductive Fabric by Lara Grant:
– Knotting the thread:
– End knot:
– Backstitch:
– Running Stitch:
– Blanket Stitch:
– 5 more embroidery stitches:


Useful Links:

– Digital Output:
– Digital Input:
– Arduino Software herunterladen:
– Arduino Tutorials:
– Wearable Class on Instructables:
– code example for a switch and an led:
– How to read circuit plans:
– symbols in electronics: Symbole in der Elektronik:

>Social Body Wearables (projects)
– Mood Sweater von Sensoree:
– Anja Hertenberger – Hysterical Bubble
– Kate Hartman: Ted Talk: , Social Body Lab:
– – Flexability (Lara Grant, Adrian Freed, Anna Blumenkranz):, Video:
– Meg Grant – Seismic:
– Eunjeong Jeon, Kristi Kuusk, Martijn ten Bhömer (TU/e), Jesse Asjes (TextielMuseum TextielLab Tilburg) and Metatronics: Vibe-ing –
– Quietude von Santa Chiara FabLab, Universität Siena:
– Soundshirt von Cutecircuit,
– Aniela Hoitnik: Dynamic Skin Project 
– The Right Trousers, Faculty of Robotics at University Bristol
– Guilia Tomasello: Future Flora
– Neffa: MycoTEX


Useful Links:
– Sensor Tutorials by Liza Stark:
– Flexsensor by Lara Grant:


Minor Project II: Social Bodies & Bodies of Labour (4 groups)

Useful Links:
– Voltage Divider Sparkfun:
– Kobakant:
– Lara Grant’s Tutorial auf Instructables:

– Liza’s code zum Sensoren auslesen:
– Lara Grant’s Code:

– Multimeter Tutorial von Adafruit:
– Widerstand messen mit Multimeter, von Adafuit:
– Widerstandsrechner (Colour codes eingeben):


Useful Links:
– Code auf Google Drive:
– Arduino Library & Erklärung:
– Tutorial auf Instructables:
– Konstanten für Töne zum Nachschauen (weiter unten):

>Enhanced Bodies:
– Soft Robotics Lectures bei Fabricadamy:
– Soft Robotics: Anouk Wipprecht: Poximity Dress
– Soft Robotics: Digital Fabrication of Soft Actuated Objects. Paper von Lea Albaugh, Scott Hudson und Lining Yao:
– Second Skin: Bare Conductive non-toxic Paint:
– Second Skin: MIT Temporary Tattoos:
– Second Skin: Katia Vega: Hairwear:
– Body Extensions: Kate Hartman: Monarch:
– Luxuskörper: Kobakant: The Crying Dress:
-Herzimplantate in Bolivien: TED Talk: ,
– Klangkörper: Musikvest von KOBAKANT: , Meg’s Magnificent Marching Orchestra:
– Klagkörper: EJTech: Draping Sound:, Liquid MIDI: 
– Umwelt: Kasia Molga’s Human Sensor:
– Umwelt: Pretty Bloody Simple:


Minor Project III: Enhanced Bodies


WEEK 10:

WEEK 11:

WEEK 12:

Final Projects

A project by Nina Hirsekorn, Kimberly Kneisl and Laura Käppner
A project by Tamata Schlenkrich, Nadja Troscheit and Steffanie Rausch
A project by Connor Zimmermann and Romina Begus
A Project by Lukas Übel and Florian Geiger