Programming + Electronics

The Wearable Futures Lab offers resources for students to start using basic Arduino programming, coding and embedding electronics and sensors into garments for wearable technology applications. There are so many possibilities for how wearable technology and embedded electronics can be used by students in their final garment applications. Sensors can enable light, sound, vibration (haptic feedback) sensing, and data collection. Advanced materials can offer color change, and passive sensing. Please stop into the lab to have a look at our extensive library of books on Wearable Tech and Future Fashion, and see the list of resources at the bottom of the page to discover more about this emergent field.

Below you will find helpful info on the immediate resources you can find in the WFL.

Arduino IDE Programming

Arduino is a powerful service, allowing anyone to create IoT applications with just a few simple steps. With a combination of smart technology, user-friendly interfaces and powerful features everyone can learn to program microprocessors for use in wearable technology enabled apparel and soft goods.

The Arduino IDE platform allows anyone to learn basic programming. Go to > Documentation > Tutorials to get started. The site also has many other useful references, forums and information on coding, wearable tech prototyping and more.

Processing + Fritzing Software

Soldering + Electronics


(Training is required). Temporarily, access to the FTC soldering irons is avainable through the DAAP Build Lab on the 3000 level of the DAAP building. Training badge kits are available for $5.00 from the build lab or an FTC team member. Turn the fan on/off in the beginning/ending of your project. Wear the SAFETY GLASSES while working.