What is a Switch?

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The “What is a switch?” project is a Tellart classic.

It takes the form of a workshop or a longer course, and, by using low-cost materials and familiar design tools, is meant to demystify electronics for design students and artists – expanding their conception of what it means to design with embedded electronics.

A switch, after all, is just a connection made or broken between power and ground.

When you begin to think about it that way, the “what is a switch” experience goes beyond a simple electronics lesson. What happens when you take the switch away from the wall, out of the plastic casing?

What kind of interactions can you create when you start experimenting with other materials, quick prototypes of your concepts, and new ways of connecting?