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Hard E-Static Shadows system prototype


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Stage 1_Design and technology

March - August 2007

During this period ongoing information and materials sourcing, exchange of ideas and practical experiments were conducted. In August the first research trip to TITV Greiz - the Institute for Specialised Textiles and Flexible Materials in Germany took place. With the scientific and technical assistance from TITV Greiz the first electronic textile samples were developed.



The first experiments    


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Getting started with the project - hard E-Static Shadows system development: Zane and Jackson.




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Brainstorming regarding the sound aspects of the intended e-fabric. Exploring the possibilities of simple sound systems being integrated into the E-Static Shadows textile system:: Andres Melo, Jackson, Zane

The first research trip to TITV, Greiz in Germany    


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First tests: integration of LEDs and transistors into textiles: Zane, Jackson and the TITV team led by Dr. Neudeck.



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Integration of LEDs and transistors into textiles using large woven sensor area: Zane, Jackson and the TITV team led by Dr. Neudeck.

Planning and development of the first e-weave system    


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Working out the first weave diagram for the e-textile. Industrial Jacquard loom using special software developed in house at TITV by Mr. Zschenderlein is being used: Zane, Jackson and the TITV team.

Testing the first e-weave system    


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Soldering LEDs and transistors on the specially developed e-weave. Very first tests - the woven sensors are not functioning well. The weave structure is far from good: Zane, Jackson and the TITV team.

Further developments and testing of the weave structure    


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Optimisation of the e-weave system. Changes into the CAD Jacquard loom files, more weaving and more soldering and more testing. This will go on for ages...



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The no. 17 weave structure sample which finally works to some extent - it responds to e-static charge. We have now worked out the approximate weave binding system but the weave structure is very complex - there are many variables which need to be considered in order to improve the system.



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Large scale weave dummy: testing the visual qualities of the pattern.



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Testing the electric qualities of the e-fabric sample.



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The working team at TITV Greiz in Germany.