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This chic pet-substitute responds to touch with pulsing blue LED ‘eyes’ and a purring effect courtesy of Lilypad vibe boards. Two Lilypad Arduinos run the animal simualtion and the touch contact is implemented via conductive fabric layers -

For this, I made two layers of fabric. One with three pieces conductive fabric that goes out to the Lilypad and underneath the other that excists of one layer. In between I used an combination of fleece & cotton jersey with holes in it. The holes give the fabric the opportunity to connect by touching each other when you rub against it.

The Cat Bag / Cuddle Bag was created as part of the ‘Designing Hybrid wearables’ workshop at Mediamatic Amsterdam

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Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


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