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At World Maker Faire, I finally got to see paintable circuits in action. Matt Johnson spoke with me about the conductive paint that people were using and showed me a few projects that demonstrate the possibilities. The business cards they brought were printed with a swath of conductive paint suitable for home experimenting. I awarded them one of my Editor’s Choice Blue Ribbons. It’s exciting how this opens up a great area in education for arts, electronics, and physical programming.

Bare Conductive grew out of the founders’ graduate studies at the Innovation Design Engineering Course at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London.  The version of their conductive paints they had at Maker Faire is similar to the skin paint featured in a music video of a few years back.

The paints can be used to create traditional circuits, and for signalling with the Arduino. Since the company has just passed its product approvals, we can expect to see many new experiments as its community of users grows.

Chris Connors

Making things is the best way to learn about our world.


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