Embroidered potentiometers

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Embroidered potentiometers

MZ_GeekChic_BadgeBecky spotted these really cool potentiometers embroidered in conductive thread about a week ago. The device consists of a conductive and a resistive trace stitched into the material side-by-side. Maker Hannah Perner-Wilson explains, “any conductive object can be used to bridge the contact between the traces and measure the position/distance from measuring point through the change in resistance.” A similar method is described in Syuzi Pakhchyan’s book Fashioning Technology, which uses a magnet to keep the conductive “wiper” in place.

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