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Hannah Perner-Wilson made this soft stroke sensor from some conductive thread and fabric. When the sensor is stroked, the fibers touch each other in a different way than when still, transmitting the signal to a computer or microcontroller.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern is head of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site:



  1. marlo says:

    i would love to learn more about the materials used for this. i was interested in learning how to use fabrics in making an instrument for myself. any tips?

  2. Becky Stern says:

    Yep, go to Hannah’s new tutorial site: or check out her plethora of instructables:

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