keyboard hacking


Keyboard Hacking.

My original idea for this hack was to create something that enhanced the experience of cooking while using an online recipe without getting food all over your laptop. My idea was to use a thin plastic plate that is easy to clean and of course can endure flour, sauce – you name it!

Step 1. Unscrew you keyboard and find the pcb controller and remove it from the keyboard. Then you want to gently sand the silver keys. Be careful not to sand off too much!IMG_5430

Step 2. Connect the pcb controller to a computer and begin searching for usable keys.


Step 3. Solder wires on the key combination you would like to emulate.


Step 4. Connect this to an object you would like to use to control the key combination chosen.

Unfortunately after connecting my wires to the key combination I had found, which in this case it was the space key which would allow you to navigate down the recipe page, the delicate pcb controller wires disconnected.

After multiple failed attempts of re-soldering the pcb connectors I was feeling quite defeated.


Using heat press to the school set up to 100° for 40 sec to stick the fusible glue paper to the conductive fabric.
To cut the neoprene, we use the felt setup.
To cut the conductive fabric (flectron) with the fusible glue paper, choose balistic nylon thickness 0.20mm and +50% vector cutting.

Pictures of the production of students
Workshop Textilo @TNS Parsons Paris

///Encoded Book///Keyboard Hacking_Carlotta

First step: Open the keyboard, take the circuit board out with the USB cable. Sand off delicately the black varnish on the straight lines at the bottom of the circuit board.


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Second Step: Open a text edit page and test “line combinations” . One cable links one line from the left and one line from the right. Note down the combinations found.





Step 3: Build the project. Encoded Book is a project that creates an electronic book. It is built out of pages with no meaning, a set of letters and signs that follow each other without any recognizable pattern.
As you turn the pages of the book, the contact is made with the keyboard, and a story appears on the screen.

I chose to display a tiny poem written by Sylvia Plath:

“Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air…”



The book is binded, and between each page I built a circuit that is then glued down. The only thing shown is two parts of copper tape that will be used as a switch as the pages are turned.


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This is the right way to put the copper tape, after realizing my circuit was still opened when turning the pages (duh):


Each page is attached to the correspondant combination of lines on the keyboard circuit board.

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Processing Sketch:
//////KEYBAORD HACK//////////
/////ENCODED BOOK////////////
PImage img1, img2, img3, img4, img5, img6, img7, img8;

void setup () {
size (1280,800);
background (0);
frameRate (10);
img1 = loadImage (“OUT.jpg”);
img2 = loadImage(“of the ash.jpg”);
img3 = loadImage(“i rise.jpg”);
img4 = loadImage(“with my red hair.jpg”);
img5 = loadImage(“And I eat.jpg”);
img6 = loadImage(“Men1.jpg”);
img7 = loadImage (“like air.jpg”);
img8 = loadImage (“sylvia plath.jpg”);

void draw () {

stroke (random (0,15));
fill (random (255), random (255), random (255), random (150));
rect (random (255), random (255), random (1280), random (800));


void keyPressed (){
if (key == ‘-‘) {
image (img1, 0, 0, 1280, 750);

if (key == ‘3’) {
image (img2, 0, 0, 1280, 750);

if (key == ‘*’) {
image (img3, 0, 0, 1280, 750);

if (key == ‘9’){
image (img4, 0, 0, 1280, 750);

if (key == ‘g’){
image (img5, 0, 0, 1280, 750);

if (key == ‘v’){
image (img6,0,0, 1280, 750);

if (key == ‘t’){
image (img7,0,0, 1280, 750);

if (key == ‘r’){
image (img8,0,0, 1280, 750);



When it didn’t work properly:

Final Prototype, working well:

Final Prototype zoom on screen graphics:

diamond button




ruler, sketchbook, scissors, foam, any type of fabric, conductive fabric, and resistive fabric, sewing needle, thread

Step 1. Choose a shape, sketch, scale and cut out materials accordingly. Do not cut one large shape and sew together. It is crucial to create two parts which we will later sew together to create the one shape.


Step 2.  Layer your materials in order of regular fabric, conductive fabric, restive fabric and lastly foam. Sew layers together and repeat.


Step 3. Sew the two halves of your shape together.


Step 4. Admire your button.


Triangle Soft Sensor


  • conductive fabric
  • resistive fabric
  • normal fabric (neoprene)
  • conductive thread
  • regular thread
  • foam


  • Create two separate shapes of your choice (I decided to make a triangle), because we’ll work on two layers of conductive fabric and they shouldn’t touch each other.
  • Follow this order: regular fabric, conductive fabric, restive fabric and foam. Sew them with conductive thread twice.
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  • Sew the two layers together with regular thread.


  • Your sensor is ready to be used!


Touch Sensor

So this past week, we worked on touch sensors made out of textiles. It was interesting to learn that you can create electronics from seemingly simple fabric, but the possibilities are endless with conductive fabric.

So for this project, I layered my fabric and sponges and sewed it all together (except for the main resistive piece in the middle because I was unsure where exactly to sew it, so I left it so I could move in the right position).

The first layer is nonconductive outside of two pieces of lycra, two pieces of foam, and then two pieces of (4 altogether) conductive silver fabric on top of the sponge, with the resistive piece of fabric right in the middle of it all, touching both sides of the conductive fabric.

Here’s what it looked like (I know my sewing skills could use some work, but it is all attached as I wanted):



So, that’s the touch sensor before I sewed it-I wanted to make sure it worked, so I did not sew it right away. So, when I checked it, it worked! So then I sewed all the pieces together.

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Epaper And Origami——Shinning star By Lin Teng& Summer

This week,Summer and I became a team. And we decided to make a shinning star for the Electronic Paper& origami Project.

1 We researched different sizes and designs of the pyramid shapes. Then decide to make a clean but 3D star.

2 Then we printed out the pyramid model and cut off the star shape. Glue the different part together to make a star shape.


3 Put the battery on the middle of the backside and find the best position to glue it.

4 Try several ways to connect the light and the battery, then find the best way and connect it.

5Created a switch with the copper tape.



6 After make sure everything works well inside of the star. We started to connect the outside part…

7 Before we glue the front side back side together. We made little angel patterns on the front side, so the light will come through.

8 Make sure leave a part of the copper tape outside. And buy pull the copper tape in and out we got a switch on and off button.


8 Then by pull the copper tape in you will turn on the  light. We have a shinning star!




/// I hate you /// Noisy Totebag _ Carlotta






The ” I hate you – noisy totebag”  is made with a Textilo: circuit fabric board ideal for sewing on garment.


A pressure sensor is attached on the side with the resistance with conductive thread:

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The side with the capacitors is connected to a little speaker with conductive thread. Adding extra bits of copper fabric allows to solder the speaker. To maintain it in place and avoid it from falling, I also added some velcro.

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The battery is hidden in a little pocket. The wires are soldered to the extra copper fabric, connected with conductive thread to the + and – of the Textilo board.

The ” I hate you – Noisy Totebag” is activated with a button.

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