SPARE PARTS: Hand-Sewn Electrodes Hack

A photograph taken from above which shows a wooden table covered in pieces of linen with circular patterns printed on them, masking tape, pens, scissors and embroidery hoops. A pair of hands interacts with the objects
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 11:00 to 18:00
Science Gallery London, First Floor - The Gut
FREE, booking essential

Is it possible to cheaply and easily produce medical equipment using cheap materials and embroidery techniques? Take on our unique sewing challenge to sew 10 electrodes in 3 hours and contribute your sample to a live King’s College London research study.

In this workshop and research project, participants are shown how to use stainless steel conductive thread and embroidery techniques to craft electrodes which can detect muscular activity (electromyography) and enable prosthesis wearers to control the moving parts of their artificial limb.

The Hand-Sewing Textile EMG research project investigates cheap and effective alternatives to industrially produced electrodes which can be prohibitively expensive.

On 23 March take on the challenge to sew 10 electrodes in 3 hours, and feed directly into live research. Bring busy fingers, a patient frame of mind, and good chat!

SESSION TIMES: 11:00-14:00 and 15:00-18:00

About the contributors

Samuel Pitou is a PhD student in the Department of Informatics at King's College London and he is working on low-cost textile solutions that would potentially increase healthcare accessibility in the developing countries.




Karina Thompson is a textile artist and embroidery specialist based in Birmingham. She has been involved in the creation of the first embroidered electromyography sensors created in the Centre of Robotics Research at King’s College London.