SparkFun Electronics Hires Position Dedicated to E-Textiles

Dia Campbell, TechStylist, Will Focus on Innovation in Wearable Electronics

Sep 27, 2011, 09:05 ET from SparkFun Electronics

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SparkFun Electronics (www.sparkfun.com), a provider of parts, knowledge and passion for electronics creation, today announced the creation of a new position focusing solely on innovation and exploration of the world of wearable electronics (or e-textiles).  E-textile guru Dia Campbell holds this position, appropriately named the TechStylist.

Campbell learned how to sew while mending her own well-loved security blanket as a child. As she became increasingly interested in sewing, she found herself gravitating more towards being a costumer than a seamstress. As she entered the fashion arena, she began learning new craft disciplines as they became necessary to a project. When a specific project could only be completed with electronics, Campbell discovered SparkFun and e-textiles and the rest, as they say, is history.

"I'm incredibly excited to be working in e-textiles, because I believe it is on the cusp of being a very real, very intimate part of our lives," said Campbell. "To me, e-textiles is ubiquitous computing at a very human level – a very natural relationship between the textile garments and crafts that have been familiar and necessary for so long and the technologies that we are increasingly dependent on."

SparkFun is excited to work closely with experts in the field and hopes the new position will help move the world of e-textiles forward. In addition to welcoming Dia to the team, SparkFun has also begun offering classes and tutorials about wearable electronics to help introduce individuals to the fashionable side of embedded electronics. In fact, SparkFun Electronics is hosting a Halloween LilyPad Costume Class, which takes place on October 15th from 9 am to 5 pm. This class is designed for the e-textiles beginner who wants to add a bit of electronics to their costume. To sign-up or for more detailed information, please go to (http://www.sparkfun.com/news/710).  

About SparkFun Electronics

Founded in 2003, SparkFun shares its passion for electronics by providing parts, knowledge, and innovation for those looking to explore the world of embedded electronics. It helps anyone discover their inner inventor and enables individuals to create their own electronics projects. SparkFun currently offers more than 1,800 products, ranging from simple components like capacitors and resistors to GPS units and Bluetooth modules. The company employs 120 people and is based in Boulder, Colorado.

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