Press Release

September 23, 2010

fabrickit launches modular tools for wearable, soft, electronics: with fabrickit, anyone can create beautiful, functioning wearable electronics without programming.

Studio 5050 and Blacklabel Development are proud to announce the official launch of fabrickit, a collection of wearable electronic modules or “bricks”, at World Maker Faire in New York on September 25th, 2010.

fabrickit provides a set of smart and stylish technical solutions so designers can focus on the creative aspects of making beautiful, functioning wearable electronic projects.

fabrickit will launch with a rechargeable battery, connectors and light bricks, all of which connect to each other with a conductive fabric ribbon. The ribbon forms the backbone of the fabrickit system as it permits easy connections between bricks, seamless integration with garments and provides superior electrical properties while remaining washable and flexible.

The fabrickit starter kit will retail for $19.95, and additional bricks can be purchased separately, priced from $2.00 to $14.95, depending on type.

The result of years of experimentation with design, techniques and materials fabrickit consists of a selection of small bricks that power, illuminate and easily connect to each other. Together they provide a complete solution for the making of attractive, wearable, soft electronics.

fabrickit has been built with flexibility and modularity in mind; meant to streamline the construction of wearable projects for both novice and experienced designers. fabrickit is also built for the body with features that promote comfort and safety: the bricks are small with rounded corners and the battery incorporates safety circuitry and operates at low voltages.

With fabrickit, anyone can create beautiful, functioning wearable electronics without programming. For more information, please visit fabrickit at World Maker Faire or www.fabrick.it.

fabrickit is Despina Papadopoulos & Zach Eveland

Despina Papadopoulos is the founder of Studio 5050 and a leader in the field of wearable electronics. She has lectured and written extensively about the uses of technology and developing innovation tools and design practices. She teaches at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program courses she has developed on Personal Expression and Wearable Technologies, Technology and Innovation and Design Methodologies.

Zach Eveland is the president of Blacklabel Development, a provider of innovative electronic design solutions and product prototyping
services. He and his company have designed and built devices and
installations for industries and applications from museums to operating rooms, for environments ranging from jacket pockets to cocktail lounges. Zach is a member of Studio 5050, an occasional adjunct professor at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, a founding member of the Fritzing project, and a proud dad.

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