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Drawing Conclusions

Drawing Conclusions

Soft Circuit Workshop & Halloween Party – October 25th

Weird Science

Hello! I will be teaching a soft circuit workshop at Site 3’s WEIRD SCIENCE! Halloween Party on October 25th (tomorrow!). Come by at 6pm to learn the basics of creating soft, flexible, wearable electronics using fabric, conductive thread, and LEDs. We will be making bracelets/wristbands that light up! There is a $10 material fee for this workshop.

There are workshops running from 5-9pm. The Halloween Party starts at 9pm! Check out the Facebook event for more details!

Atomic Lollipop 2014

Atomic Lollipop 2014
 

I am going to be presenting and teaching things again at Atomic Lollipop this year! These events are both on Saturday, July 12th. Come and say hi!

2:00pm – E-textiles Power Hour 

Ever wonder what it’s like to wear clothing with a mind of it’s own? Constructing high-tech clothing requires careful planning, patience, and level 49 technical wizardry! Learn everything you need to know about electronic textiles from Marisa Ranalli.

4:30pm – Build Your Own E-Clothing (Crafting)

Wanna construct your own high-tech, interactive clothing? Marisa Ranalli shows you how to embed lights and other electronic components into your outfits. There is a $10 material fee for this workshop.

Atomic Lollipop is located at the Ontario Science Center this year. It runs from July 11th-13th! Find out more information at the following URL: http://www.atomiclollipop.ca/

Soft Circuit Bee on July 5th, 2014

Site Bee Skill Bees

I will be teaching a soft circuit workshop at the Site Bee Popup Shop on July 5th, 2014, from 7-9pm!

Come hang out on Saturday July 5 and make soft circuits with us at Site Bee!

Marisa Ranalli (http://www.drawingconclusions.net/) will be sharing her extensive skills in soft circuits and wearable electronics.

Materials kits will be available for $10, but you are invited to come and observe for free.

See you there!

Site Bee Popup Shop is associated with Site 3 CoLaboratory. It is open from May 25-July 25 2014. They are located at 1550 Queen St. West in Toronto. Site Bee also stocks my c_anemone line of products, if you want to check them out in person.

Here is a link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/271184646398071/

 

Muscle Wire Class on May 28th

Hey everyone! I’m going to be teaching a muscle wire class at Site3 on May 28th, 2014.

Muscle wire is a shape memory alloy. When a current is applied to it, it will contract and bend into a pre-defined shape. Students will learn how to use Flexinol (a type of muscle wire) with their Arduino projects to create movement. Muscle wire is especially useful for those interested in creating movement in their wearable projects, as it is lightweight. In this class, you will learn how to shape Flexinol wire, the best ways to implement Flexinol into a project, and how to use it in combination with an Arduino.

You do not need to know much about Arduino to take this class. Basic Arduino code will be provided, and the instructor can help with any issues that arise.

If you don’t have much experience with Arduino, it’s okay. I can go over the basics with you, and I provide a sketch for the program that will control the muscle wire. You’ll need to bring a laptop along with you.

The class costs $50.00 if you already own an Arduino, or $80.00 if I need to get one for you. The class runs from 7-10pm. You can register at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/flexinol-muscle-fibre-with-marisa-ranalli-tickets-11070619521

c_anemone Interview

While I was at Digifest a few weeks ago, I did a short interview about the c_anemone. Check it out!

c_anemone, a line of flexible, washable, handmade circuit boards

c_anemone-logo

I’m very excited to announce my newest project, c_anemone! c_anemone is a line of flexible, washable, handmade circuit boards designed to be used in wearable electronic projects. c_anemone is inspired by sea creatures that gather together to form larger, integrated colonies called siphonophores. These jellyfish-like creatures, composed of sea anemones, work together as a group to perform tasks.

Pile o' Boards

There are currently three different types of boards, the main microcontroller, a rainbow LED, and a rainbow pixel board. The microcontroller can be programmed through the Arduino IDE. You can find the hardware and software libraries on the official c_anemone website. These libraries allow you to use the pin labels printed on the microcontroller. The library also contains Arduino sketches to show you how to use each type of board.

I have laser cut and assembled each individual circuit board. Because these boards are handmade, each one looks a little different.

These circuit boards can be sewn into clothing without having to worry about a rigid circuit board pressing against the wearer. They can also be safely washed (be sure to remove the battery first!) making it a bit more practical for every day wear.

It is my goal to make these boards more accessible to those who have little experience with electronics. I plan to make more types of boards (including one to control muscle wire) and a proper USB uploader for the microcontroller, to make it easier to upload programs to the board.

Check out the c_anemone website for more technical details, and information about where to buy c_anemone products. Also, come check out my table at DigifestTO on May 10th to see them in action!

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Toronto Digifest on May 10th, 2014

digifest
I’m going to be showing off my newest project, the c_anemone, at Digifest’s Maker Showcase on May 10th, 2014. It runs from 10am-4pm and is located at the Corus Quay building in Toronto (25 Dockside Drive).

Join us at Corus Entertainment and the George Brown College Waterfront Campus on Saturday May 10th to explore and interact with cutting edge innovations at Toronto’s international festival celebrating digital creativity! Intel Family Day celebrates the power in all of us to create, innovate and realize our ideas. The showcase will feature workshops, exhibits and demonstrations by artists, inventors and makers of many cool things!

Come and check it out! It looks like there are going to be a lot of cool projects there!

Soft Circuit Workshop & LED Party – March 22nd

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I will be teaching a soft circuit workshop at Site3’s LED Party on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014. From 5-8pm, you can drop in and learn the basics of creating soft, wearable electronics projects using fabric, conductive thread, and LEDs. Bring your own LEDs and Lilypads if you have them and want to attach them to something! You can also purchase a material kit ($10) to make a basic light up bracelet if you don’t have a particular project in mind.

You can then wear the thing that you made to the LED Party that starts at 9pm! You can check out the details here.

Muscle Wire Class on February 12th, 2014

Hey everyone! I’m going to be teaching a muscle wire class at Site3 on February 12th, 2014. Here’s a short description of the class:

Muscle wire is a shape memory alloy. When a current is applied to it, it will contract and bend into a pre-defined shape. Students will learn how to use Flexinol (a type of muscle wire) with their Arduino projects to create movement. Muscle wire is especially useful for those interested in creating movement in their wearable projects, as it is lightweight. In this class, you will learn how to shape Flexinol wire, the best ways to implement Flexinol into a project, and how to use it in combination with an Arduino.

You do not need to know much about Arduino to take this class. Basic Arduino code will be provided, and the instructor can help with any issues that arise.

If you don’t have much experience with Arduino, it’s okay. I can go over the basics with you, and I provide a sketch for the program that will control the muscle wire. You’ll need to bring a laptop along with you.

The class costs $50.00 if you already own an Arduino, or $80.00 if I need to get one for you. The class runs from 7-10pm. You can register at the following link: https://site3-flexinol.eventbrite.ca

Atomic Lollipop 2013

Hello everyone! I will be at Atomic Lollipop again this year, teaching and speaking about electronic textiles!

Atomic Lollipop is a combined convention, carnival, music festival, and MASSIVE party entering its third year!

With a focus on new experiences and high-octane fun, the 3-day event offers the usual convention attractions (vendors’ room, artists’ alley, fandom panels and workshops, etc), but our main priority is magic, mayhem, and getting messy so we’ve thrown in a ferris wheel, bouncy castles, aerial acrobats, nerdy burlesque, fire spinners and massive interactive events like a pillow fight and lightsaber battle to the mix!

From hands-on workshops to crazy pARTicpatory activities and epic all-night parties, Atomic Lollipop is a unique convention experience designed for people who like to play, dance, discover, and geek out!

Both of my panels take place on Saturday, August 3rd.

1:00PM How to Make your Electronic Clothing not Suck Butts (Multiroom C)

Ever wonder what it’s like to wear clothing with a mind of it’s own? Constructing high-tech clothing requires careful planning, patience, and level 49 technical wizardry! Learn everything you need to know about electronic textiles from Marisa Ranalli.

6:00PM Intro Wearable Electronics Workshop (Multiroom D)

Want to create high-tech, interactive clothing? Marisa Ranalli shows you how to embed lights and other electronic components into your outfits. There is a $10 material fee for this workshop.