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1. Can I use fabrickit with conductive thread?
Yes. You can also make soldered connections with the conductive ribbon (our favorite method) or even wire.
2. Do I need to connect the Bricks to a programmer for them to work?
No. The starter kit has everything you need to begin making a wearable project without any programming or additional electronics.
3. Can I wash the Bricks and ribbon?
Yes. Remove the Coin Cell Brick first and then either hand wash (recommended) or machine wash on a gentle cycle using mild detergent. Line dry only and do not dry clean. Allow the garment to dry completely before reconnecting the Coin Cell Brick.
4. Will you add more Bricks in the future?
Definitely. We're working on the next round now and always open to suggestions. If you have an idea for a Brick you'd like to see, write us at email@example.com
5. Can you solder the conductive fabric ribbon?
Yes. The ribbon's three conductors can be soldered just like wire. See our soldering tutorial for more information.
6. How do you recharge the Coin Cell Brick?
The Coin Cell Brick charges from any USB port using a mini-B cable. You may already have this kind of cable: it comes with many digital cameras, cell phones, and other computer peripherals. If not, your local electronics store probably sells them.
7. Is fabrickit open source?
Yes. We believe in the importance of open hardware and open software. All fabrickit design files are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. You are free to download the designs and use them however you like. If you do something interesting, we'd love to hear about it.
8. What if my project doesn't work?
fabrickit has been designed to be easy to use and robust. Most problems are due to one of two causes: either a bad connection or a discharged battery.
First, check that your battery is charged: unsnap it from the circuit and plug it in to a USB port to charge. Allow the battery to charge for at least 30 minutes then reconnect to your circuit.
If your project still doesn't work, there may be a problem with your wiring. First, check that the polarity of all connections is correct (see Checking the Polarity of your Bricks).
Second, using a multimeter, check that power and ground are not "shorted" or connected to each other. Finally, check that power and ground are each continuous through all connections. If you have any questions, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. What is the capacity of the Coin Cell Brick?
The bare coin cell we use has a nominal 100 mAh capacity (120 mAh typical). Assuming a conservative 70% efficiency for the conversion to 5V, we estimate a usable 5V capacity of 70-80 mAh.