Oct25

Electric Paint

by George Vlahogiannis

The latest offering from Bare Conductive is electrically conductive paint. The water-based coating allows printed graphics to become circuits that carry signals or low-voltage current in multimedia design applications.

Bare Conducive Paint

Bare Conducive Paint

LED circuit powered via Bare paint

A simple LED circuit powered via Bare paint

I learned about Bare at the NYC Maker Faire in September 2011 where they demoed the paint’s applications in multimedia art and textile applications.  Founded by a group of four Masters students at Royal College of Art, Bare’s paints enable anyone to can be used to experiment with electrical conductivity on any two-dimensional substrate.

Octopus circuit painted on fabric

Octopus circuit painted on fabric

When combined with other simple electronic components users can make simple electronic circuits or more sophisticated applications like a capacitance sensor that can detect proximity of another person or object.

Sound table made with Bare Conductive paint

Children manipulate sound at a sound table made with Bare Conductive paint. Dragging the wand over the graphics creates new sounds.

Paint is sold in 50ml jars and is currently only available in black. It is non-toxic and removed with soap and water. By the time you read this a conductive cosmetic paint will be available allowing this same conductivity to be applied to human skin.

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