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Maker Media

October 01, 2014 20:48 ET

Make: Wearable Electronics, New From Maker Media

SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 1, 2014) - What if your clothing could change color to complement your skin tone, respond to your racing heartbeat, or connect you with a loved one from afar?

Whether it be for fashion, function, or human connectedness, wearable electronics can be used to design interactive systems that are intimate and engaging.

Author Kate Hartman's new book, Make: Wearable Electronics, is intended for those with an interest in physical computing who are ready to incorporate electronics into clothing. Perfect for makers new to wearable tech, this book introduces you to the tools, materials, and techniques for creating interactive electronic circuits and embedding them in the things that you wear.

"This book is intended for those with an interest in physical computing who are looking to create interfaces or systems that live on the body," says Hartman. "But really, it is good for anyone who wants to create wearable electronics -- performance artists, jewelry makers, fashion designers, engineers, industrial designers, tech geeks, costume designers, and others."

Each chapter features experiments to get you comfortable with the technology and then invites you to build upon that knowledge with your own projects. Fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions and images of amazing creations made by artists and professional designers, Make: Wearable Electronics offers a concrete understanding of electronic circuits and how you can use them to bring your wearable projects from concept to prototype.

"We're seeing a number of wearable computing products come out that sense, track, and augment our activities in ways that a few years ago seemed completely out of reach," Hartman says.

Written for all experience levels, Make: Wearable Electronics is just one of many DIY electronics items supported by Maker Media and its retail outlet, the Maker Shed.

"We're entering a formative period where we will be deciding what technology we will be wearing and how and when we will be wearing it. This is a great time to create and think critically about what comes next," Hartman says.

Are you ready to help to create this electrifying revolution? This book will get you on your way.

Additional Resources
For more information about the book, including author bio and cover graphic, see

About Kate Hartman
Kate is a professor at OCAD University, where she spearheaded the implementation of an undergraduate minor in Wearable Technology. She is the co-founder of the Toronto Wearables Meetup. She previously taught courses in physical computing, soft circuitry, and fashionable technology at ITP/NYU and Parsons The New School for Design. Her work has been shown at various O'Reilly events, including ETech, ETel, Where 2.0, and Maker Faire. Her work is also included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

About Maker Media
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Located in Sebastopol and Oakland, CA, Maker Media is the publisher of MAKE Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels.

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