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Textile Messages

Dispatches From the World of E-Textiles and Education


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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are specific to individual chapters and illustrative vignettes found across this volume. The design and development of i*CATch presented in Chapter 2 was funded by the Educational Development Committee and the Department of Computing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Many thanks to Joey Cheung, Sam Choy, Cat Lai, Winnie Lau and Jason Tse for their help during the design and development of this kit. Thanks must also go to the students who participated in our workshops and classes, and provided us with useful feedback and comments.

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