Diana Eng is one of seven women in the collective. A former contestant on the television series â€œProject Runway,â€ she created a sweatshirt with a digital camera embedded in the hood that takes a picture when the wearerâ€™s heart rate is elevated, creating snapshots of the dayâ€™s excitements.
â€œMy designs were too nerdy for â€˜Project Runway,â€™ â€ Ms. Eng said with a giggle. â€œBut here they fit right in.â€
To help pay the rent, the collective offers classes for $25 each on topics from basic electronics to the art of laser-cutting Christmas decorations.
The groupâ€™s success has not gone unnoticed.
â€œResistor blew the doors off the scene here,â€ said Eric Moore, a hacker from Bushwick who is forming his own group. â€œTheyâ€™re the next generation of American hacking. The rest of us are just trying to catch up.â€