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Textile Messages

Dispatches From the World of E-Textiles and Education

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Edited By Leah Buechley, Kylie Peppler, Michael Eisenberg and Yasmin Kafai

Textile Messages focuses on the emerging field of electronic textiles, or e-textiles – computers that can be soft, colorful, approachable, and beautiful. E-textiles are articles of clothing, home furnishings, or architectures that include embedded computational and electronic elements. This book introduces a collection of tools that enable novices – including educators, hobbyists, and youth designers – to create and learn with e-textiles. It then examines how these tools are reshaping technology education – and DIY practices – across the K-16 spectrum, presenting examples of the ways educators, researchers, designers, and young people are employing them to build new technology, new curricula, and new creative communities.

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216 Leah Buechley is an Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab where she di- rects the High-Low Tech research group, exploring the integration of high and low technology from cultural, material, and practical perspectives,. She is a well-known expert in the field of electronic textiles (e-textiles), and her work in this area includes developing the LilyPad Arduino toolkit. Her research was the recipient of a 2011 NSF CAREER award and has been featured in numerous articles in publications including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Popular Science, and the Taipei Times. She received PhD and MS degrees in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in physics from Skidmore College. Stephen C.F. Chan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has worked for a computer graphics firm in Toronto and the National Research Council of Canada, as well as served as a Canadian representative for the ISO-10303 STEP standard for the exchange of in- dustrial product data. His research interests are data and text mining, recommender systems, collaborative work, wearable computing, and technologies in education. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1987. Kalani Craig spent ten years managing, designing, and programming Web sites before returning to academia as a medieval historian. Her professional knitting ex- perience ranges from producing a line of pattern designs to managing retail e-com- merce and on- and off-line marketing for ShibuiKnits in...

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