Designing with Smart Textiles

The Internet of Soft Things project has contributed to material for a new book on Designing with Smart Textiles, published in June 2016 by Bloomsbury (see listing here). Ancillary tutorial material listed in the book will be available after publication on this and the associated publisher website. See also the longer integrated projects making a HUG ball and using a crochet stretch sensor. Save Save ...more

Photon Control of a MOSFET

This tutorial builds upon both the code base and circuitry as developed with the Particle.publish() and Particle.subscribe() example. This time around instead of registering a subscription that can be used to turn on or off an led we set one up to control a MOSFET. ...more

Phase 2 of Project

We look forward to starting Phase 2 of the project next week at Mind in Worksop. The 6 weekly workshops will be open to new members as well as the participants from Phase 1.... It will be great to go back and meet everyone again and hopefully some new people too! ...more

Research In The Real World – SPTI

This year's Research Showcase at Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute is 'Research In The Real World' and will be held on Saturday 21st November. We will be running a workshop reflecting on our experience of 'An Internet of Soft Things'. We will show one of the films made by Isabel Jones of salamanda tandem about our workshop process at Mind in Worksop, and we will invite delegates to join our discussion and to critically reflect on how person-centred values such as non-directivity, empathy and unconditional positive regard contributed and/or were challenged by this part of the project. ...more

Active Textiles, Arcintex 2015

The latest Arcintex conference - titled Active Textiles - was held at the Academy of Arts in Vilnius, Lithuania from 12-16 October. Martha and Sarah participated in Workshop 2 Experimenting Textile Integration with Active Components (led by Jussi Mikkonen) on the first 3 days, before a tour of Kaunas Biennale exhibition in a variety of locations across the city and also a factory visit to Omniteksas, a textile company. We stayed at the wonderful Panemune Castle, where Richard presented Participatory eTextiles design with mental health care communities as part of the main conference. see the publications page for the slides: ...more

service design in mental health

An introduction to service design for the team meeting 7th October 2015 - pdf of slides: serviceDESIGN Yesterday myself, Rachel and Haley went to the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (emahsn) Mental Health Innovation Exchange. Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust were handing these out, which is the closest I've seen to service design tools in mental health. Save Save ...more

Photon Publish and Subscription Events

This post introduces the use of the Particle.publish() and Particle.subscribe() methods to enable photon devices to communicate via the Particle Cloud. ...more

Artful Spark presentation, Furtherfield, London

On 15th of September Tincuta Heinzel made a presentation of "An Internet of Soft Things" project in the frame of Artful Spark, Furtherfield, London.   [embed][/embed] Artful Spark is a new series of quarterly events facilitating better communication and collaboration between creative technologists and arts/media professionals* Artful Spark is not a sales pitch or a soapbox, but a way for people who might not know about projection mapping or haptic controllers to see technologies demo’d and discuss their potential for new ways of telling stories and making experiences. The speakers demonstrate technologies - from how to turn them on to talking about their capabilities for creative content. They’ll also talk about their own projects and be frank about the hurdles they’ve encountered along the way. For the inaugural event Artful Spark focused on Wearable Tech. SPEAKERS INCLUDED: Rachel Freire is a clothing designer and leather specialist working across multiple disciplines of fashion, film and stage. She is textile developer for the Mi Mu Gloves: Zoe Philpott, Creator of Ada.Ada.Ada, a new show about Ada Lovelace which combines interactive theatre, science lecture, and wearable technology: Tine Bech, professional artist and researcher (PhD), uses technology to create large scale public artworks, interactive spaces, and participatory games that engage people into play and participation: Tincuta Heinzel is an artist, designer and curator interested in the relationship between arts and technosciences. Currently she is a research fellow at Nottingham Trent University in the frame of "An Internet of Soft Things" project. ...more

Engineer it!

Engineer it! Introducing the potentials of technology to school pupils. We were delighted to be ask to present the project to pupils from several different schools around the Nottingham city area. The Engineer it! day was aimed for year 9 students to experience what university study life involves with a particular focus on design and technology courses. Along with the presentation given, workshops were ran both in the morning and afternoon by NTU under-graduate students and staff from the Design and Technology course.         Save ...more

FutureScan 11-12 November 2015

Members of the project team, led by Amanda Briggs-Goode, will be presenting at FutureScan 3 in November at Glasgow School of Art. Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities 11th – 12th November 2015 The Glasgow School of Art, UK ...more