Assignment 2: Expressive Wearable – ANGMOUR

Concept

The emotion I chose to express with this wearable is anger which is represented by red light. To activate the wearable one would cross their arms, and the wearable would subtly glow red. Since crossing one’s arms is a defensive gesture, I decided the the wearable should be a form of soft armor. I was particularly inspired by Pinkabsinthe’s fabric spaulders, which are very much decorative rather than functional. The spaulders use a ring with a metallic component that completes the circuit when one’s arms are crossed. The ring creates a bridge between two patches of conductive fabric found on strap above the elbow. ANGMOUR is modern armour for modern problems.

Objective

My goal was to create I visual representation of anger or discomfort that can be used in situations where physical signs might be missed. Though the light is not particularly noticeable in the daylight, a bystander would easily be able to see by one’s facial expressions and body language that one is unhappy. In low light or even darkness, these cues become hard to read or notice, but the red light becomes very noticeable. ANGMOUR acts as warning sign of one’s discomfort or frustration to bystanders or people one interacts with.

Process

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Final Project

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Parts List & Circuit Diagram

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  •  220 ohm resistors (x5)
  • 3V battery
  • Red LEDs (x5)
  • Conductive thread
  • Conductive fabric
  • Metal tape
  • Craft Foam
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Thumb Tacks (x12)
  • Thread
  • Fabric (Grey, Dark Grey, Black, White)
  • PLA Fillament
  • Copper Tape
  • Hot Glue
  • Super Glue
  • Felt

Reflection & Next Steps

I am very happy with how this prototype turned out. The spaulders are comfortable, light, and don’t restrict movement. I greatly enjoy the form and the colour of the spaulders, and they are easy to activate. If I were to move forward with this concept, there are some things I would change or improve. I would: make ring base smaller to fit my finger, use reflective fabric rather than metal tape and sew in into the spaulder scales, replace foam with felt as it is more durable, use LED strips or EL wire/tape to create a brighter and more even light, make the belts more adjustable to fit different people, and make the battery pouch tighter (sometimes the contacts don’ touch the battery and the circuit doesn’t work).

Overall, I am happy with the concept and may take in further on my own time or in future projects.

Resources & Related Works

Cetemexsar. (n.d.). Retro Steampunk vintage Witcher leather pauldrons medieval Viking shoulder Armor. Retrieved February 10, 2021, from https://www.cetemexsar.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=531737

Hartman, K. (2014). Make: Wearable electronics: Design, prototype, and wear your own interactive garments. Maker Media. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/oculocad-ebooks/reader.action?docID=1766170

Meshulam, A. (n.d.). Rustic mens ring, unique men’s ring, signet ring, mens wedding band, unique engagement ring, mens wedding ring, gift for men, RS-1185: Handmade. Amazon. Retrieved February 10, 2021, from https://www.amazon.com/Rustic-Wedding-Engagement-wedding-RS-1185/dp/B01N181D71

Mistertech. (2018, March 4). Strap buckle (No supports). Thingiverse. Retrieved February 10, 2021, from https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2814683

Pijack, J. (2013, March 8). The Valentim Quaresma fall/winter collection is metal-infused. TrendHunter. Retrieved February 10, 2021, from https://www.trendhunter.com/trends/valentim-quaresma-fallwinter-2013

Pinkabsinthe. (2013, July 2). Scolopendra shoulder Armor minimal version by Pinkabsinthe on DeviantArt. DeviantArt. Retrieved February 10, 2021, from https://www.deviantart.com/pinkabsinthe/art/Scolopendra-Shoulder-Armor-minimal-version-382354151

Sheehan, A. (2017, August 17). 4 crafty ways to make DIY Sewable electronic sensors. SparkFun Education Blog. Retrieved February 10, 2021, from https://blog.sparkfuneducation.com/5-crafty-ways-to-make-diy-sewable-electronic-sensors

Assignment 1: Speculative Wearable – PALCHO

Exploration

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Following along with the ideation activity, I made some simple sketches. The goal of these sketches was to come up with ideas that would be exciting to me or inspire me to investigate further. I challenged myself to consider different inputs and outputs, referencing some of the technologies discussed in the intro lecture. The idea that stood out to me was sparked by the prompts poncho, lonely, and write. I was particularly attracted to the idea of a poncho one would use to feel less lonely, so I expanded upon that concept.

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Concept

Working off of the idea of loneliness, I thought if would work well for a poncho (a big cozy loose garment) to be a piece of clothing that brings comfort. Building off of some of my previous ideations of clothing that glows or changes how it looks based on a certain variable, I thought it would be interesting for that variable to not be related to the wearer, but another wearer (similar to the CuteCircuit hug shirt). How the poncho works, is it would detect the wearer’s current emotion and then send that emotion to the connected poncho. The connected person’s poncho would then light up in a pattern displaying the other person’s sent emotion.

The tech this idea is based on is not entirely new. The hood would have a camera activated by button in the seam. When the button is pressed while the hood is up, the camera takes a picture of the wearer’s face, analyses it using AI, and then sends the chosen emotion to the connected poncho through the internet (this would probably be done by connecting it to a phone). The connected person’s poncho would receive the data on a separate circuit, with acts as the on switch for the LEDs, lighting up in a pattern representing the “pal’s” emotional state. This would stay on for a fixed period of time or until a new emotion is sent.

Objective

Clothing and fashion is a form self expression. Though it has functional elements (keeping oneself warm, public decency, etc.), what clothing one chooses and how they mix and match pieces makes a statement about the person wearing them. I want to expand that expression beyond just the person wearing the clothing to allowing someone they care about to express through their clothing. It would bring the person you choose as your “pal,” whether they be friend, family, or lover, into the lime light. It also would help to close the distance between to people that want to know about how the other is doing. It would be a way to prompt conversation or planing to get together between the two people. And circling back to the idea of loneliness, the poncho would be a way to feel less alone, to feel connected to and directly affected by another living breathing person that you care about.

Sketch

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Prototype

Camera trigger switch, owl decal in default “on” state.

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Emotion displayed in order of appearance: happy, mad, sad.

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Material Mood Board

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Similar Works

Glow, A. (2018, November 2). Google AIY robot companion. Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers. Retrieved January 24, 2021, from https://makezine.com/projects/google-aiy-robot-companion/

Hug it out, from a thousand miles away - CNN Video

CUTECIRCUIT. (2020, November 23). The HugShirt. Retrieved January 24, 2021, from https://cutecircuit.com/hugshirt/