The grandfather of e-Textiles

H. Lee Wainwright

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Services

Speaking Engagements

Many presentations on E-Textiles, ranging from conferences to universities worldwide.

Education

Works in conjuction with you to conduct courses and lab exercises using and creating E-Textiles.

Consulting

Consultation is available for any E-Textile project, whether it be over the phone or in person.

Portfolio

Companies and Projects

Textbook

Contributing Author

Conferences

Speaker

Some Clients

Design and more

E-Textile Digital Display

Design

Limited Edition Coats

Design

Rosie O’Donnell

Design

CNC Machine

Co-Inventor

Buzz Lightyear Ride

Project

Robin Williams

Project

Isaac Hayes

Project

Britney Spears

Project

Work with Designers

Consulting

Harley Davidson

Design

Janice Martin Couture

Design

Coats in Retail

Design

Bratz

Design

Placemats

Design

History

Learn how e-Textiles came to be.

  • The man who lit the way

    Wainwright creates the first animated sweatshirt.

    H. Lee Wainwright saw a fiber-optic lamp and realized he could add animation to apparel. With this inspiration he created the first fiber-optic animated shirt in 1985.

  • The P.O.F. Machine

    A machine that made it possible.

    In 1995, Wainwright invented the first machine to be able to manufacture plastic optical fibers (POF) embedded fabrics. Shortly later, he teamed with the German machine designer, Herbert Selbach, to produce the first CNC machine for implanting fiber-optics into materials. Several patents were issued for this machine.

  • Mouse magic meets mind magic

    The most magical place on earth adopted a new form of magic.

    In 1998, the first fiber-optic CNC machines created a limited edition run for Disney animated coats, many followed afterwards.

  • More than just art.

    The technology found a new function

    In 2005, Wainright and David Bychkov, the CEO of Exmovere created the first ECG bio-physcal display jackets using LED/optic displays. The jackets took input data from GSR sensors from a Bluetooth connected watch and was machine washable. This technology was further developed, and on May 7, 2007 Wainwright unveiled additional smart fabric technologies at The Smart Fabric Conference in Washington, DC. Notably, one showing an infrared digital display embedded in the fabric for Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF).

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CONTACT LEE

Want Lee to present to your school or university? He talks to all ages. Want to talk to Lee about an idea you have? He does consulting. Want to talk to Lee about setting up a class? He can help create a curriculum. But he won't do it unless you talk to him!

(610) 463-8777 (Mobile)

hleewainwright@yahoo.com