Becky Stern

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Becky Stern
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Rebecca Stern

(1985-01-29) January 29, 1985 (age 33)
EducationBFA Design and Technology, Parsons School of Design
Known forDIY, crafts, new media
Notable work
Knitted Laptop Compubody Sock, CAPTCHA paintings, LilyPad Arduino Embroidery, ASCII heart necklace, TV-B Gone Jacket, Adafruit FLORA

Becky Stern (born January 29, 1985) is an American expert in DIY technology based in New York City.[1] Her work combines electronics, textile crafts, and fashion through the use of physical computing technologies like Arduino, 3D printing, and e-textiles.

Early life[edit]

Stern was born in Florida and grew up in Ashford, Connecticut.[2] As a child, she developed an interest in and learned crafts by the example of her parents who cooked and practiced various sorts of sewing. Her interest in videography was born when at the age of five and a half she recorded her parents framing an addition to their home.[3] She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design in 2007.[4] It was there that she developed an interest in electronics and programming by hacking toys and building her own. Around this time Stern started sharing her school projects and tutorials online.[3] Beginning in 2007, Stern began studying interaction design and sculpture at graduate programs at Arizona State University.[5] She returned to New York in 2009 without completing her graduate degree.[2]


From 2007 to 2012 Stern worked as a blogger and senior video producer for MAKE and CRAFT magazines, where she produced tutorials and videos about crafts and how to embed electronics in clothes and home goods.[2]

From 2012 to February 2016, Stern was the director of wearable electronics at NYC-based Adafruit Industries.[6] She then became Content Creator at Instructables.[7]

Stern also holds an adjunct faculty position at School of Visual Arts in New York City,[8] is a fellow with the online Free Art and Technology Lab (F.A.T.), and has participated in events with the Brooklyn combine Madagascar Institute.

Her work has been featured on G4TV,[9] CNN,[10] Creators Project, Fast Company, Wired, BBC, Business Insider and Forbes.[citation needed]

Stern has shown projects at the San Francisco Museum of Craft & Folk Art (2009), Bildmuseet in Umeå, Sweden, and Gizmodo Gallery.[4]


  • Compubody Knitted Interface (2008) - sweater that fits around the wearer's head & laptop, providing privacy and warmth.
  • CAPTCHA Paintings (2008) - hand-painted versions of the CAPTCHA tests used by websites to prevent spam robots.
  • LilyPad Embroidery (2008) - hand embroidery sampler featuring LilyPad Arduino microcontroller
  • TV-B-Gone Jacket (2008/2011) - hoodie with embedded TV-B-Gone remote control and conductive thread zipper switch
  • ASCII Heart Necklace (2009) - emoticon pendant from laser-cut silver
  • Sparkle Skirt (2013) - motion-activated circuit with sewable components lights up when wearer dances
  • Citi Bike Helmet (2013) - GPS and LED bicycle helmet navigates wearer to nearest bike share station
  • Firewalker LED Sneakers (2013) - shoes with wrap-around LED strip and pressure sensors animate the wearer’s steps
  • RFID Manicure (2014) - NFC tag embedded in nail polish to interact with Android phones


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  3. ^ a b Osborn, Steven (2013). Makers at Work. Apress. p. 128. ISBN 978-1-4302-5993-0.
  4. ^ a b Stern's official CV
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  6. ^ "CV". Becky Stern. 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  7. ^ "About". Becky Stern. 2016-03-20. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
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