Store closing from June 1 - July 14.

May 25, 2010

Dear friends,

We've had a stellar 2010 thus far and your support has been amazing. Thanks!

However, the three of us have found it absolutely necessary to take some time off to pursue a few personal projects, including summer school, full time work, and finishing up some much needed writing. Aniomagic is really exciting and we're blessed to be involved with such a wonderful and creative community. We need a little break, and will take time off from June 1 - July 14, 2010. That is 6 weeks.

During this time, we don't plan to ship any products, update blogs/twitter, and may be late in responding to email.

We'll be back July 14, energized and ready to focus on making the best products for interactive craft and fashion!

All the best, Nwanua, Brad, Ali.

(the picture is from the *great* book, Amineko no seikatsu.)

Music reactive shirt

April 24, 2010
Tags: EL sheet, arduino, sound reactive

Students of Mike Eisenberg's eTextile class made a music reactive shirt for the CU engineering expo. With Arduino mega, SparkFun's El Escudo, and 9V batteries, the panels light up in response to music volume from the iPod.

The headphone output from the iPod is directly connected to analog inputs on the Arduino; apparently no amplification was needed. The Arduino chops the audio input into 7 ranges, and uses the EL Escudo to power the corresponding EL sheets.

I like the city scape they built on the shirt (the bottom section is a lake) Next version, they plan to use a microphone and band-pass filter to react to ambient music. Perfect for clubbing!

blinking heart-bag with wings

April 20, 2010
Tags: sequins, PIC microcontroller

Aniomagic friend bakatarechan made this cute handbag with heart and flashing wings using our sequins and a PIC microcontroller.

Sensual bracelet

April 05, 2010
Tags: bracelet, schemer, video

Check out this wonderfully sensual (though brief) bracelet video from a customer. They got their hands on schemer, and programmed it to twinkle the lights when he brushes her arm.

I really like the concept of having a twinkling background in this video.

Animated textiles by Meg Grant.

March 31, 2010
Tags: etextiles, animation, motors

Delightful textile experiments, by way of Meg Grant

She made folded patterns that open and close when you power the motor. Really simple, elegant, and tasteful. It shows an alternative to animating textiles that don't use nitinol wire (and are simpler to get going). There are more examples on the site, but this was my fave. (Via Syuzi)

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