Crochet Relays

This is an overview to an experimental investigation into using crochet as a method to create electronic switches, and eventually, logic gates.

– The very first test. Creating a crochet motif around a coil. Placing a strong magnet jewellery closure in the center as the moving object. Creating a circuit with conductive yarn to be closed by the moving conductive magnet.

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– Experimentation with various types of magnets towards finding a solution for closing multiple switches with one magnet…

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– Developing a granny square style motif that integrates the coil and two circuits that can be closed by one magnetic bead.

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– Looking for possible ways to raise the conductive areas to a higher point and make them physically accessible to the conductive wing… The conductive areas are created on a separate crochet layer, attached to the main motif. These areas are then raised to a 3d form by the help of beads that are placed underneath.

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– Form-finding experiments… Testing an octagon form. The conductive areas are spread in a diagonally symmetrical way. One non-conductive area is placed in-between two conductive areas.

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– Another octagon. This time the two conductive areas that belong to the same circuit are placed immediately next to each other.

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– Using an oval form bead instead of a spherical one. Making a rectangular motif with an elliptical center coil. Creating a potentially more reliable switch by improving the chances of physical contact between the three conductive areas.

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