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Material Hunt

1. High precision open mesh monofilament fabrics for industrial and consumer use. 100% Polyester. Applications include filter for air, blood drain, speaker and so on. The front silver and the back has a metal blue shade.

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2. Glass with frosted stripes on both side which generates an opaque effect.


3. Plastics with decorative thread patterns. There are three layers combined together in this kind of materials. The threads are  between two layers of the plastics.

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Thermochromic Ink test in class


The color change is really effective. Many different color choices. Easy to work with. It’s better to use lighter material to paint on. The paint shouldn’t be too thick.


The length of the heating thread is limited with the circuit. It takes time to heat up with the thread.

Flexinol in-class test(Xiaoqi, Grace, Alec)





1. In order to move fluently, it’s better to roll the fabric the way we wanted gently before we connected to the circuit. Folding too hard will damage the flexinol.

2. The fabric should be as small as possible, the effect will be compromised if the fabric is too big and too heavy.

3. We need to sew the thread around the flexinol neither too tight nor too loose.


When using correctly, the moving effect is really dramatic and vivid.

Easy to use with light materials such as fabrics and paper.


It’s getting hot.

A little bit hard to control the movement at the beginning.

The length limitation.

Not much freedom to control the speed of the movement.

Week 2 Project





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My inspiration was from Tom’s Midnight Garden. It’s one of my favorite stories of my childhood. I picked the iconic clock as the form of my soft circuit.

I used copper tape, 5 LEDs, and a 3V button battery. When you push the middle part which is the location of the battery. It will trigger the LEDs.





This project is called (NO)WHERE (NOW)HERE by Ying Gao. The series comprising two (2) dresses, made of photoluminescent thread and imbedded eye tracking technology, is activated by spectators’ gaze.

“A photograph is said to be ‘spoiled’ by blinking eyes – here however, the concept of presence and of disappearance are questioned, as the experience of chiaroscuro (clarity/obscurity) is achieved through an unfixed gaze.” says Gao.