1. Science Council Launches Fashion & Textiles Section On Future Morph Site

    This week not only sees the beginning of the London Design Festival, but also London Fashion Week. To tie in with the latter, The Science Council are launching a new section on their Future Morph website, entitled Fashion & Textiles. The page explores many different areas within this field, from wearable technology, to textiles used for medicine, as well as how science and fashion can work together for a more sustainable world.

    The page is also a great for tutors as it contains learning resources as well as an insight into the work which different people are doing in this area so as to inspire students with regards to career choices. If you’re interested in this area, then it’s definitely worth a read!

    The Science Council very kindly asked us to contribute towards this section of the site as MzTEK has been doing  a lot of work with soft circuits recently, including the Hacked Human Orchestra project in collaboration with Guerilla Science as well as a variety of workshops.

    We have been running classes in the Lilypad Arduino as well as a beginners soft circuit course in which students can create a soft toy with light-up eyes, which you can participate in at the V&A’s Digital Design Weekend this week!

     

    To read our article as well as others in the section, check out the Future Morph website.

  2. Electromagnetic Field Workshops

    TWO AMAZINGLY GEEKY WORKSHOPS FOR WOMEN AT THE ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD FESTIVAL…

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    Introduction to interactive and wearable technology, using the Arduino and/or LilyPad Arduino.

    This workshop will focus on the principles of interactive and physical computing using the Arduino. We will introduce some basic interaction using sensors and lights, which can also be applied to the LilyPad Arduino, a wearable micro controller used to make interactive cloths and textiles.

    This will be a 2hour workshop over the weekend of the EMF camp. Time and day tbc.

    There will be opportunities throughout the weekend to develop projects, and learn more about soft-circuits and e-textiles.

    MzTEK will provide an Arduino Uno, sensors and LED’s to borrow.  If you would like to use an Arduino LilyPad you will need to provide your own kit.  Please see our MzTEK EMF wiki page for where to purchase items.

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    sketchPatch generative art badge making

    sketchPatch is an online programming playground, using the programming language Processing. The workshop is a game of tag, in which everyone contributes to each others work as they are passed around the group.

    At the end of the day we will print sketches out and turn them into BADGES!

    So come and join sketchPatch.net in a round of sketchTag!

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    Where & When

    The workshops will be held at Electromagnetic Field Festival, for which you will need to purchase ticks here… Electromagnetic Field

    There is no additional tuition fee for these workshop, but you may need/want to buy your own kit.

    To sign up get in touch at info@mztek.org or add your name to the MzTEK EMF wiki page.

    Visit our EMF page for more info 

  3. Hacked Human Orchestra Drop-in Sessions This Week!

    MzTEK needs your help!

    After the success of our first Hacked Human Orchestra workshop, in collaboration Guerilla Science, Engineer Shauna Concannon and Kobakant, we are running two drop in sessions at our home, the Centre for Creative Collaboration, for soldering and making soft sensors! The items created in these sessions will be put towards our Hacked Human Orchestra, which will be taking form at both Shambala and Wilderness festivals in August.

    We need 60 little speakers soldering to wires, which will be the sound outputs for our wearable instruments as well as 99 more sensors created which will be the inputs for playing the instruments! This includes dino spikes, stretchy chains, pompoms and buttons, the latter of which you can see on our wearable piano.

    To see what we got up to at our last Hacked Human Orchestra workshop, please check out the video on Vimeo.

    This will be an un-tutored drop-in session so to attend you do need to have a previous understanding of soldering and working with soft circuits. We will be there of course to assist where needed however :)

    Where:
    Centre for Creative Collaboration
    16 Acton Street London Greater London WC1X 9NG

    When:
    Thursday 2nd August 2012 – 3pm – 9pm

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    Friday 3rd August – 3pm – 9pm

    To attend please email us at info@mztek.com or just drop in!

    Please note this is a women only session.

  4. Pianos, Pompoms and Dino-spikes – Our First Hacked Human Orchestra Workshop!

    Last Saturday we hosted with Guerilla Science the first installment of the Hacked Human Orchestra workshops at our lovely home, The Centre for Creative Collaboration. We’ve been very lucky to work with Shauna Concannon, who is studying for her PhD at Queen Mary, and Kobakant (Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson) both of whom have been working with us on developing the workshop.

    Our wonderful participants stitched an elaborate soft circuit which will power a wearable piano and also made sensors including soft circuit pompoms, french chains, buttons (or keys) for the piano and even dino-style spikes!

    Soft circuit for a wearable piano

    Dino spike which closes a circuit when squeezed!

    Soft circuit pompom, made with conductive and non conductive yarn, good to use as a tilt switch.

    Learning about the circuit for the wearable piano.

    Testing the circuit with a button/piano key made from conductive fabric, felt and foam.

    The Hacked Human Orchestra workshop space.

    The next stage is to take the project to Shambala and Wilderness festivals where festival-goers will add to the circuits made in last weeks workshop, creating a wearable piano, and also work on more instruments as well. The result will be a walking, soft circuit orchestra which will be lead by composer Florian Lunaire.

    Our presentation and the learning materials from the workshop can  downloaded here and you can find more images from the day on Flickr. A great video of the day, created by Debbie Davies is below:


    This project is generously being supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

  5. MzTEK at Digital Shoreditch!

    Yesterday Digital Shoreditch kicked off for its second year, celebrating the creative techiness which can be found in East London! MzTEK is very proud to be part of the festival and we’ll be participating in a couple of events this week.

    Today MzTEK Co-Founder, Sophie McDonald, will be talking on the ‘Women in Tech’ panel, part of the Innovate day which Queen Mary University and City University London is hosting. The panel will explore how women can be better represented in the digital and technology sectors.

    On Friday we’ll be running a drop-in workshop at the Identity day where female delegates can create a mini beetle bot or a soft circuit voodoo ghost! This is absolutely FREE! To order your free ticket scroll down to the bottom of the Identity day page.

    We hope to see you there! :)

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