Pin Probe / Needle Probe

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Pin Probe, Tools for Electronic Textile Crafts

The Pin Probe is a test lead to connect between a multimeter and conductive fabric or thread. The probe consists of a pin to make temporary but firm contact with textile materials without harming them. A soft and flexible textile cable then connects the probe to a banana plug to connect to a multimeter.

The Pin Probe is designed to aid processes of textile electronic making, allowing to pin the probe to the textile material and have both hands free for the crafting routine. Directly while stitching the connection, the multimeter provides continuous information about its current electrical value. The immediate feedback allows instant action, facilitating an aesthetic-driven workflow to reach precise electronic results.

PinProbe Schematic

Supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF): AR 284-G21 in the Programme for Arts-based Research (PEEK).

Irene Posch. 2017. Pin Probe. In: eTextile Swatchbook 2017

Irene Posch. 2017. Crafting Tools. interactions 24, 2 (February 2017), 78-81.

Irene Posch. 2017. Crafting Tools for Textile Electronic Making. In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 409-412.

Digital Design Weekend. September 23 – September 24 2017. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.

Interactivity. May 6 – May 11 2017. Colerado Convention Center, Denver, USA

Irene Posch, 2023