Liverpool Wearable Tech Group
What do we do?
The group work on a variety of projects from decorative pieces using sewable LEDs to personal health monitors incorporating biometric sensors.
Left: Flashing neopixels (LED lights) sewn in to cloth. Right: Conductive thread and wool.
Everyone is welcome - it's free!
If you've never stitched a circuit before then come along and someone will be happy to show you how. We have a box of wearable-related items you can experiment with - including fabrics, wearable microcontrollers, conductive thread, sewable LEDs, and interesting sensors.
When do we do it?
The Wearable Tech group meets at 7pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, at DoES Liverpool.
Check the calendar if in doubt.
How to contact us?
- Google Group:
What are we currently doing?
Some of the projects our group is currently working on are listed below, and we'd love to see any projects you're working on too!
- Make some exhibits for Liverpool Make Fest which is on 29th June 2019 at Liverpool Central Library
- Wing back pack
- Defence Dress
Left: Circuit Playground wearable. Right: Wearable sensor to help with physical exercise.
Lauras' Useful Links
Here's some helpful resources, feel free to add your own!
Hackster.io Wearables Group (internet) is an online group of wearable tech folks working on a wide range of projects.
Kitronik (UK) sell a lot of e-textiles products really good for beginners & for educational projects (see also: Tutorials - beginner to advanced guides, including basic e-textiles circuits, switches & buttons).
Pimoroni (UK) sell a wide variety of electronics etc, including e-textiles /wearables including some from Adafruit and Kitronik
Proto-Pic (UK) sell a wide variety of e-textiles / wearable electronics, good source of Velostat (pressure sensitive sheet), spools of conductive thread, conductive fabric and thermochromic pigment. Also sells Adafruit products.
Cool components (UK) sells a wide variety of e-textiles / wearable electronics, good source of Velostat (pressure sensitive sheet), spools of conductive thread, conductive fabric and thermochromic pigment. Also sells Adafruit products.
Softwear has resources for e-textiles & Arduino projects.
E-textile Lounge have lots of tutorials and guides from basic to advanced.
Eyebeam computational fashion - takes a while to load, but has some good information on various aspects of wearable technology including fabrics, energy and sensors.
[How to program Digispark boards - (cheap Chinese version of a Lily Tiny)] (https://digistump.com/wiki/digispark/tutorials/connecting) - We have some of these in the box
Magazines such as Hackspace Magazine often have how-to articles for wearable tech projects. You can subscribe for a printed copy or download pdfs free (https://hackspace.raspberrypi.org/issues). Issue 4 has a useful introduction on pages 34 - 46 and issue 19 has a simple necklace design by Sophy Wong on pages 100 - 105 (also see https://sophywong.com for inspiration).