Below are some additional resources to help with troubleshooting, finding materials and diving into the theory of designing tech for the body.

IDM Lab Materials

These resources will be available in the Proto Lab which is located between Grad Lab A and Grad Lab B. If you can’t find what you’re looking for feel free to contact professor McDermott directly.

  • Conductive Thread
  • Conductive fabric
  • Dress Form
  • Iron
  • Knitting Machine
  • Singer Sewing Machine (Manual)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Kits
  • Sewing Pins & T-Pins
  • Silhouette Curio Vinyl Cutter
  • Conductive Filament for 3-D printer
  • Othermill for milling circuits

Additional supplies and lots of tutorial content can be found on the Tandon MakerSpace site

General P-Comp Tutorials and Forums:

P-comp Supplies and Hardware:

Wearables inspiration:

Wearable Specific tutorials:

Soft Robot Tool Kit:



Hacking Existing Consumer Electronics:

PCB Service and Design:

Further Readings on Wearables, Science Fiction, and life with Robots and IoT

(All can be found via NYU library! Many with online access)

  • Garments of Paradise by Susan Elizabeth Ryan. (Cambridge: MIT Press), 2014.
  • Hartman, Kate. Make: Wearable Electronics: Design, prototype, and wear your own interactive garments (Make: Technology on Your Time. Sebastopol, CA: Maker Media, 2014.
  • Dunne, Anthony and Raby, Fiona. Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction and Social Dreaming. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2013.
  • Atwood, Margaret. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination. New York: Anchor Books, 2011.
  • Wodiczko, Krzystof. Critical Vehicles: Writings, Projects, Interviews. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999.
  •  Schwartzman, Madeline. Seeing Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception. London: Black Dog Publishing Limited, 2011.
  • James H. Auger, Why Robot? Speculative design, the domestication of technology and the considered future. PhD diss., Royal College of Art, 2012. (Pages 61–91.)
  • Martina Mara and Markus Appel, “Science fiction reduces the eeriness of android robots: A field experiment,” Computers in Human Behavior, no. 48 (2015): 156–162.
  • Heather Suzanne Woods, “Asking more of Siri and Alexa: feminine persona in service of surveillance capitalism,” Critical Studies in Media Communication 35, no. 4 (2018): 334-349
  • Sherry Turkle, Alone Together: Why we Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, New York: Basic Books, 2011. (Chapter 6: “Love’s Labor Lost.”)
  • Jane Bennett, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010. (Chapter 4: “A Life of Metal.”)   
  • Chang Geun Oh and Jaeheung Park, “From Mechanical Metamorphosis to Empathic Interaction: A Historical Overview of Robotic Creatures,” Journal of Human-Robot Interaction 3, no. 1 (2014) 4-19.
  • Thao Phan, “Amazon Echo and the Aesthetics of Whiteness,” Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 5, no. 1 (2019): 1–38. 
  • Katherine Behar, Object-Oriented Feminism, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.
  • S.M. West, M. Whittaker, and K. Crawford, “Discriminating Systems: Gender, Race and Power in AI,” AI Now Institute, 2019.
  • Isaac Asimov, The Naked Sun, New York: Doubleday, 1957. (Science fiction)
  • Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild: And Other Stories, New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1995. (Science fiction)
  • NYU Ability Project