Hand-Sewn Electrode Hack

Samuel Pitou and Karina Thompson


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.

Drop into The Gut between 28 February and 31 March to embroider your own electrode.

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!

About the contributor(s) 

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.