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Bare Conductive headed over to Amsterdam in early August to run a Touch Board and Electric Paint workshop at Kuuva Gallery, the home of Present Plus (the founders of WeTransfer). We took the opportunity to introduce new painting techniques and Touch Board skills to a great group of participants, one of whom had travelled all the way from Berlin by bus!
The projects varied from interactive wearables, architectural sensors created with strips of painted masking tape, and a games. It was great to see a cross-pollination of skills and ideas, and people really putting the Touch Board to the test! We’ve selected some highlights of the day below.
The Touch Board was designed to be super lightweight, slim and sewable, so it was great to see it be used so neatly in these wearables projects!
The headdress was inspired by a material to hand – colourful feathers, which were then painted with Electric Paint. The Touch Board was embedded inside the headdress and programmed as a distance sensor, which could detect a hand from about 30 cm away and trigger sound samples from classic movies. In the presentation of their project the team said that they “thought this musical interface could hold potential for performers and performance artists, and encourage other participants to interact with the costume too.”
Slightly more subtle but just as impressive was an interactive black hoodie. It used embedded LEDs and conductive thread, which was sewn in like fur on the side and acted as the sensor. The team is working on this further to add sound too!
Another team worked on building sensors in the outdoor environment. They used copper and aluminium tape to create the sensors, which played sounds when bikes rode over them. The Touch Board was also used in distance sensor mode so the sensors could pick up the bike through the rubber wheels and worked with people walking over them too.
Touch Sensing Game
This game was like a modern version of Twister, activated by two players at the same time. This team also experimented with large sensors and interesting, graphical arrangements of wires on the ground. The team told us a bit about their project during their presentation: “It requires the participants to collaborate. You will hear an initial series of chords when you put your hands and feet on the matching pads on the floor, but we’re still working on making them all make sounds at the same time!”
Watch this space for more news on workshops, and some upcoming resources that will help you run your own!