1.) Conductive paint - wire glue is cheap, but takes a long time to cure (8-12 hours) and isn't conductive until it's cured.
- She uses super glue to protect the wire glue after it's cured.
- nickel print - She doesn't use resistors with conductive paint because it's highly resistive.
2.) Magnetic paint - she makes it herself.
4.) Temperature reactive material - fabric, pigment, and paint - You can get the pigment from http://www.paintwithpearl.com/
5.) Thermo chromic film - picture of wall paper with thermo chromic film flowers
6.) Mylar - not a "smart" material, but still a cool material - you get it from the inside of potato chip bags
(an aside)Copper tape is very useful. She uses it a lot.
7.) moldable materials - polymorph (or polycaprolactone) is plastic that melts in hot water, can be molded, and then is hard nylon once it cools
- can be melted any number of times
- sugru a playdoh that cures at room temperature - mold making putty cures in 10 minutes and then can take high temperatures
8.) Quantum Tunneling Composite - smart flexible polymer (rubber-like) - near perfect electrical insulator - 4mm square and 1.5mm thick can pass 10 amps when squeezed - conductivity affected by pressure - also magnetic - currently not being made due to patent issues - but you can get it in pill form currently - used to be able to get in fabric form Peratech
9.) Endlighten - edge diffusing material - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evGALmP4F8s - price depends on size and goes up with bigger sheet because you need a higher grade plastic
10.) Conductive plastics - plastics with metal particles (graphite)
- comes in sheets
- stretch sensors with metal in stretchable plastic
- resistance decreases with stretch
- conductive polyester rope
- resistance increases with stretch because the fibers align
- conductive acetate
- thin and clear with a film of metal a few atoms thick
11.) Shape memory polymers - you expose it to high heat and then shape it - after it cools down, you can unshape it, then heat it up slightly and it will return to it's shaped form
12.) EL wire - 1.2mm (angel hair) to 6mm (outdoor grade) thick wire with a phosphorous material in it - comes in sheets - can make your own sheets with conductive sheeting and phosphorous paint - requires an inverter to step up the voltage and has a danger of shock - EL driver Ben Zatlin???
13.) Conductive fabrics - copper tafita - metal iron ons (nickel)
- very durable - nickel lasts longer than the copper
- fabric that has insulators on one side - anti-static material that is pressure sensitive
- put inbetween two conductive fabrics
- conductive lycra
- resistance decreases if stretched in one direction, resistance increases if stretched in the other direction
- conductive tape
- metal traces on fabric that is solderable
- All found at http://www.lessemf.com/
14.) Conductive food - candy coated in silver or gold - pumpkins as capacitive sensors - resistor jelTone http://www.flickr.com/photos/ranjit/5879592536/