Full fabric soft switches

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When we created our backpack strap WiFi detector for Engadget, we embedded soft switches to control the device. They used two sheets of aluminum foil separated by a layer of foam with holes punched in it. [Plusea] has taken a similar approach but has replaced the aluminum foil with conductive fabric. The end result is a set of three soft buttons that can be easily washed. Have a look at the video of it in action below. Check out the followup project that uses the buttons to replace a scroll wheel.

Comments

  1. That would be great for kids toys.

  2. furry says:

    or for my plushophillic sex doll.

  3. J says:

    100pts to whoever makes the first all fabric usb keyboard.

  4. strider_mt2k says:

    Very cool!
    Imagine the extra credit you’d get if home economics and shop classes still existed!

    I hope they exist somewhere and that someone is wowing ‘em with stuff like this if so!

  5. Haku says:

    I like it.

    I’ve been pondering for a while how to make wearable buttons that I can attach (perhaps like a badge?) to my coat so I can control my iRiver mp3 player easily when out cycling in the cold with gloves on.
    This is a good step towards that solution.

  6. rak0ribz says:

    It seems like it would be possible, if nontrivial, to set up a capacitive touchpad using a similar technique and one of those capacitive-sensor-controller chips from Analog Devices. This would probably be fairly useful for [dokumentamarble]‘s application, and certainly for [furry]‘s. :) Anyone working on that?

  7. vashSin says:

    i wounder if you can use these bottons for the keyboard pants and just build the keyboard instead of just buying one and seperating it. yeah it would be more work but seems better.. more durable…

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