Buttons, keys, and switches continue to fascinate us. Printed buttons lack an immediate tactile feedback, but they offer flexibilty, diversity in shape, and a quick and easy production process. Making use of these qualities, students participating in the module will design objects which use printed buttons as an input device.
We will first take a look at the basic qualities and possibilities of printed electronics, as well as the characteristics of the tools we are going to use. During so-called prototyping sessions we will have the opportunity to experiment and combine printed circuits with electronic components.
To fabricate printed buttons we are using an inkjet printer equipped with conductive ink. By means of capacitive sensing and a microcontroller those buttons will be used as an input, connected to a computer or electronic components such as LEDs. Even without making use of a microcontroller, switches can be built by designing individual folding techniques.
Basic knowledge regarding microcontrollers and electronics components is helpful, but technical pre-requisites are not required. Concurrent enrollment in other IFD[[IFD:Start|Interface-Design]] courses offering is strongly encouraged.
Please register at the faculty's module registration on Tuesday, April 4th. Students who are not able to take part in the faculty module registration, please register until April 3rd by email with the Subject Printed Electronics ButtonUp to: florian.wittig (at) uni-weimar.de. Your email should contain the following information:
Active participation; planning & fabricating an object containing printed control buttons, documentation.
Graduates enrolled in the Faculties of Media, Art and Design, and in the MediaArchitecture program.
Open to students of other departments, please ask the staff at your department wether the credit points can be taken into account.
April 11 - First meeting
April 18 - Introduction to printed electronics
April 25 - Lab tour
May 2 - Buttons! / Components & material
May 9 - Prototyping Session 1.1
May 16 - Prototyping Session 1.2
May 23 - Designing circuits
May 30 - Midterm Presentations
June 6 - Simple Arduino scripts for printed buttons
June 13 - Prototyping Session 2.1
June 20 - Prototyping Session 2.2
June 27 - Individual project work / Digital printing basics
July 4 - Individual project work / Information on project documentation
July 11 - Final Presentations
Working with paper: