Syuzi over on Fashioning Technology reports on an exciting e-textile development kit, Fabrickit by Studio5050, to be premiered at World Maker Faire this weekend. She writes:

The kit is a fairly simple e-textile kit that allows you to add LEDs to textiles. What separates FabricKit from the Lilypad and Aniomagic family is that the FabricKit system forgoes the use of conductive thread for conductive ribbon. The conductive ribbon is sewn ( I assume) onto the electronic modules they call “bricks.” The ribbon is made from tinsel wire (not conductive thread) & polyester hence it makes me question its washability. The upside is that it has virtually no resistance.

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).