Expressive Wearable Assignment – Manuela Ballesteros

  • Concept

For this project, I chose the feeling of being in a rush, I wanted to make something that would help those who are constantly stressed to take things slow. This armband has a photoresistor that is used as a proximity sensor which will use sound and light to let the user know when they’re about to hit something/someone. The sound and lights become louder and brighter the closer the sensor gets to the object. It also used a motion sensor that will make a sound when the person is going too fast.

  • Objective

The objective is to try to make people be more careful, the city can be very fast-paced and everyone seems to be in a rush which can cause accidents.

  • Process
    • Diagram

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The first thing I did was the circuit diagram.

  • Testing

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Tested the circuit using alligator wires.

  • Code

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Made the code and tested it multiple times using the wires.

  •  Parts list
    • Conductive thread
    • Photoresistor
    • 10k resistor
    • Felt
    • Thread
    • Circuit Playground
  • Final Prototype 

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  • Reflections

One thing I would’ve done differently was the use of a different fabric, something that would allow me to test the motion sensor with the armband without the photoresistor moving around and triggering the proximity sensor.

  • Sources

Adafruit Circuit Playground Express – Loudness Necklace / Javascript editor. Adafruit Circuit Playground Express – Blocks / Javascript editor. (n.d.). Retrieved February 28, 2022, from https://makecode.adafruit.com/#

Best running arm bands for 2022: Sports illustrated review. SI. (2022, February 15). Retrieved February 28, 2022, from https://www.si.com/review/best-phone-holder-for-running/

Expressive Wearable Assignment – Heart Panic Shirt

Concept

I was trying to make a shirt with a heart LED design that blinks rapidly and sounds off when it detects a loud noise. The initial idea came from how my sister likes to try and scare me for no reason when she’s bored. Sometimes when she gets me I panic for a couple seconds and I thought it would be fun to visualize that emotion with this project. When you panic, your heart rate jumps momentarily, so I wanted to visualize that with the rapid blinking when a loud noise sounds off. Personally I feel like panic can be associated with a siren so I wanted to add that element somehow when the loud noise occurred. While I was working on this assignment I was particularly inspired by the Wearable Façade project because of the way the shirt interacted the environment. I also inspired by the Mood Sweater project in which the user’s mood can cause the sweater to change colors.

Process, Diagram, Final Results

I put the process, diagrams, and final results in this google doc because some of the images were too big to upload directly on the blog post:

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Parts list

  • 6 LEDs
  • Conductive Thread
  • 6 Resistors
  • Cloth
  • Microcontroller
  • USB wire

Reflections and Next Steps

This assignment was pretty difficult but it helped me learn a couple things to keep in mind for future assignments. For starters, I’m going to be more careful about choosing what materials to sew with. I’m also going to check more frequently that the circuit still works in-between stitches using alligator clips. For the next steps I’m going to work on getting better at stitches and getting more familiar with Make Code. I want to try the movement input features in one of the future assignments.

Resources and Related Works

Dan Howarth. (2014, October 15). Ger mood sweater by Sensoree indicates emotions with leds. Dezeen. Retrieved February 25, 2022, from https://www.dezeen.com/2014/10/16/sensoree-ger-mood-sweater-led-change-colour-emotions/

O’Nascimento, R. et al. (n.d.). Portfolio – Wearable Facade. POPKALAB. Retrieved February 25, 2022, from http://www.popkalab.com/portfolio/#wearable-facade

 

 

Expressive Wearable Prototype: Calming Glove

The emotion of this glove is to induce a calming effect when pressure is applied to the pointer fingertip, something that I do when anxious. When pressure is applied, the circuit playground plays a sound, specifically Song of Storms from Legend of Zelda.  If there is a bright area on the back of the palm, a song from Spirited away would play.

Originally the idea was a weather respondent glove, in which if it was raining, ideally, there would be a water sensor to detect rainfall and the back of the palm would have a light combined with a temperature sensor. 

This is me playing around with ideas.

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Finding out the pressure points of the pressure sensor:

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Doing the circuit with alligator clips:

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Cut out the Cloth. I kept the wires isolated with cloth on both sides.

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Testing again with circuit sowing

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testing

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putting it together

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Final Circuit

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Parts List:

220k Resistor

Pressure sensor,

Conductive thread,

Circuit playground,

Cloth,

Thread,

Hot Glue,

Conductive Fabric.

Circuit Diagram

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For this project, I wanted to challenge myself where the output was not just LEDs. I played around with the other outputs that are on the circuit playground, such as sound and motors. After thinking about how complex the circuits and the layout will be, I thought the sound would be the best output.

I followed the example of writing clothes, emotions, and verbs down to help start thinking of ideas on what to make. Originally I had the idea of a cape, but that would be too much material. I ended up deciding to create a glove, with the emotion of calmness. 

The thing I struggled with was sowing itself, and having all the parts connect with the conductive thread. I secured the end of the wires with hot glue so they would not interact with each other. As well as determining the pressure and light sensor capacity, I solved this by using lights based on the analog input. Sowing through the conductive fabric is also tough, so I put holes beforehand and sow through it.

I learned methods from class on how to sow better, using smaller stitches.

 

Works Cited

AtinPiano. (2018, March 1). One Summer’s day – spirited away (piano cover … – youtube. Youtube. Retrieved February 25, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEXr8kAesCY

Song of storms (zelda). Song of Storms (Zelda) ~. (n.d.). Retrieved February 21, 2022, from https://pianoletternotes.blogspot.com/2017/07/song-of-storm-zelda.html

Expressive Wearable Assignment – Marcus Tang

Concept:

 

Facial expression is one of the most important keys for face to face communication, however being in an environment where masks are mandatorily required would take away one of the features of real life interaction. Some might also find it hard to gain recognition in a group conversation since no one might read the lips of the person initiating speech.

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LOAD Mask:

 

LOAD is a light visual presentation located on the mask. when activated by touching both sides of the conductive materials, it will light up a sequence of blue led light going clockwise for signaling in conversations/etc.  The main emotion for this prototype is that using blue light  would be the most suitable color where in Japan, police use blue streetlight to lower the crime rate. Also, by using slow led sequences to introduce calming sensation.

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Objective:

 

As schools start getting back to the in person days, it is quite frequent to engage in a large group conversation. As the person that was not preferred to speak voluntarily, there were things that I was aware of in a large group setting. Sometimes there were people who tried to engage in a conversation but were left out because of volume issues and hard to read the lips since masks were mandatory. The mask was to inform surroundings in a calm emotion while letting people know that you are ready to engage/have a point. In addition, this will be considered as an expressive prototype.

 

Ideation

 

First I brainstormed about what I should make and by using randomized three words I drew from three tabs I got “Mask” as the cloth type, “Calm” as the emotion and “Aware” as the actuation. Then I drew an Idea of using circuit playground express as the main source of technology for the lightshow sequence.

Circuit Diagram

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Process

 

Once the design was drawn, I started to do the blue led light sequence animation from MakeCode.

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Then I used clamp wires to test the circuit before I started to craft the prototype.

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After succeeding the circuit test, I started to craft the prototype by cutting out a used t-shirt as the circuit board. Then the circuit was drawn and sewed with conductive thread. After the thread is well connected then I sewed the CPX secured to the cloth and covered the led with another cut t-shirt. I cut out two little pieces of conductive fabric and placed it on the top layer as the activate switch. Eventually the design was secured on the mask by threads and double sided tapes

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Since I couldn’t find a battery in time, I will be using micro usb to demonstrate the work:

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Final Project Images

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Part list

  • Cloth Mask
  • Circuit Playground Express
  • Conductive Thread
  • Conductive Fabric
  • Double sided tape
  • Needle
  • Wool Thread
  • Scissors
  • Used T-shirt

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Reflection and Next step

From this project I can see more potential and the cons of the prototype. The light could be expressed in more ways such as different patterns to indicate different situations and could really use a battery for the portability purpose. 

 

Also there are flaws from the design that I spotted in the middle of the creation. The clothing is not waterproof at all; any contact of water might get it  to complete the circuit itself without activation. Also, it means that the accessory cannot wear too long since the air vapor produced by nostrils might complete the circuit as well. Because the components are sewed in and taped with electronics, it makes the mask not washable, if I would improve the design I would use Velcro to secure the electronic parts so it could be washable. The prototype will be advised as an accessory means that a surgical mask is required to be worn underneath for Covid protection. 

 

For the next steps, I would be more aware of the flaws that I spotted throughout the project such as convenience and durability/ maintenance of the product to make it more user friendly. There are things that could be done better such as molding a plastic layer for water resistance. Most importantly is to prepare more time for the project to patch the flaws of prototypes.

 

Resources and Related work

Shimbun, T. Y. (2008, December 10). Blue streetlights believed to prevent suicides, street crime. The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 21, 2022, from https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/blue-streetlights-believed-to-prevent-suicides-street-crime/#:~:text=The%20Nara%2C%20Japan%2C%20prefectural%20police,percent%20in%20blue%2Dilluminated%20neighborhoods. 

(Journal about decreasing crime rate from using blue color streetlight in Japan)

 

Vega Edge. SOCIAL BODY LAB. (2019, March 1). Retrieved February 17, 2022, from http://socialbodylab.com/vega-edge/ 

(Related work that inspired me, using expression as the main feature and combine practical use of it)

Expressive Wearable Prototype – Anger Fist – Hissan Majid

Introduction 

I knew since the start I wanted to work a textile that was already made – I didn’t trust my skills in sewing fabric together, so I looked for a textile that I would be able to develop my circuit on. I decided to create it on top of my winter glove. I felt that this would be a good idea as I could incorporate the flexibility of the glove and use of fingers into the circuit.

Concept & Emotion

My idea was to create a glove to translate frustration and anger without the use of words or facial expression. I wanted to create a circuit on the glove that would translate the emotion of anger through the use of red and orange LEDs – colours that may commonly represent anger. When someone is angry, they may clench their fist, or angrily shake it. This can be seen in TV shows or cartoons, even in the Arthur Fist Meme, which was big a while back. I wanted for this motion in a fist being clenched to act as the switch for the circuit to be opened or closed.

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Process Work

Initial Sketches of how the circuit could be placed on the hand

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Material choices 

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  • Conductive Thread
  • Felt Fabric
  • Conductive Fabric
  • Needle
  • Utility Blade
  • Circuit Playground
  • Winter Glove
  • Tape

 

 

Early Circuit Development 

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Circuit Code

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Since I wanted for the lights to go off when the angry fist was being shaken, I programmed the circuit express to show off red and orange colours upon vibration.

I also wanted for lights to be shown when the fist was fully clenched, so I programmed it to show the red and orange lights when the circuit was fully closed, which would happen when the fist closes.

Final Product – Circuit 

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I decided to place the circuit on a piece of orange felt, so I could place this felt on the glove later, and sew it in. The idea of this circuit was so that when the two pieces of conductive fabric at the top touched the circuit would be closed and operational. The intention was that this would happen upon closing the fist – which would therefore close the circuit. Sewing was definitely not my strong suit, so I had to use tape to secure the thread in place. I did like the suggestion mentioned in class, to use clear nail polish – I feel this will be a useful tip in future circuits.

*The working video won’t upload to this blog, so I will upload it separately to canvas.

Circuit Diagram 

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Reflection 

Since this was my first time ever working with fabrics, and my first digital futures class, I felt that this project was a huge learning opportunity for me. Through the trial and error of working with circuits, I realized the mistakes I had been making. Some of these mistakes include my sewing disorganization, which although ended up working, could’ve caused issues such as short circuiting or breaking. It also was difficult to read my circuit due to poor sewing, so I feel working on my sewing skills will be very useful moving forward.

I also feel that having low surface area, due to the limits of my winter glove, caused for me to have to concentrate my circuit in a small area, which caused issues with thread overlapping in places it shouldn’t, To prevent this, I had to use tape to keep the thread away from other pieces of thread. I feel that I should work on my circuit organization and perhaps a good step for this would be to plan my circuit in advance, before getting to the fabricating phase, to understand how things would work before starting.

Overall, I am happy with the outcome of this assignment as I learned a lot, and enjoyed seeing everybody’s expressive wearables.

Wearable Electronic Prototype I: The Clarity Scarf

 

The Concept

The chosen emotion for this project is Fear.
Different people feel fear for different things. I know that the feeling of fear and anxiety increases when being in a very dark environment and is often due to a lack of clarity of my surroundings. When people find themselves lost in a dark space, even a single point of light, such as an emergency exit sign or the distanced moonlight, would help make sense of the space and provide confidence to navigate the environment.

 

Project Objective

The Clarity Scarf provides comfort and visibility while being in dark environments.
The scarf is made with soft fabric that protects the user’s neck. It increases visibility in the dark by using light-sensitive neon pixels located on one end of the scarf. When wearing, the neon pixels should be positioned near the wearer’s chest, facing front, and designed to be used as a mini flashlight that constantly adjusts its brightness based on the surrounding lighting.

 

The Ideation

The concept of this project emerged from the self-led ideation session instructed by Olivia, which generated interesting results. One of my favourite ideas from this session is a scarf that will shine when it is dark. I initially named it the Starlight Scarf, which includes a light sensor and will emit starlight when there is minimal light pollution.

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After a failing attempt to connect the LED light strip meant to create the starlight effect. I moved on and modified this concept with my second favourite idea, The Clarity Neckless, and renamed it The Clarity Scarf.

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Project Reflection

This project helped me understand how to build a working circuit on fabrics and textiles using soft, conducted materials like conductive thread and fabric. By learning how to use the brightness level received by the photoresistor as a reference to control and create different light patterns and colours on fabric, this assignment helped me gain a basic knowledge of crafting and programming wearable electronics.

If more time is allowed, some improvements I would be focusing on include, for one, moving the light sensor to another location that is better exposed to the surrounding light as shades of the fabric currently block it due to poor planning decisions; Secondly, I would make the position of the light source lower as it is closer to the user’s face which may cause discomfort to the eyes.

 

Part List

  • Microcontroller (CPX) X1
  • Photoresistor X1
  • Mini power bank X1
  • Micro-USB cable X1
  • Conductive tread
  • Regular thread

 

 

 

Expressive Wearable Assignment2 – Zhiye Yang

 

Concept:

My work is called “Bunny communication headband” This is a hairband with rabbit ears.  The use of this device is very simple, when using the rabbit ear to fold down (external switch), and two different colors will be displayed on both sides. In the process of chatting with others, if the right ear is folded off, the hat will light up pink, which means that you feel very comfortable when talking with each other and are very interested in the topic of communication. When the conversation friends see this color, they can continue to communicate. However, when the left ear is folded off, the hat will turn blue, which means that the mood is very calm at this time. The user is not interested in the dialogue, the people that see this light can change the content of the topic after seeing this message.


Objective: 

In fact, this work is intended to help people who can’t express their ideas freely in the social process. In life, we are always embarrassed to say what we think. We are afraid that others will be hurt by our words, and this hairband can solve this problem. Let users or users’ communication objects better carry out effective and comfortable communication processes.


Process: 

First of all, I used the only hairband at home and wanted to refit it into a wearable object. I did a sketch painting.

The initial idea was that the left and right ears glowed, but I felt that I needed a flexible and lovely feeling, so I changed the device to put it in the hat.

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after testing, I start sewing.

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final project images

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Parts list
Circuit Playground Express
Conductive fabric
cotton
scissors
Scarf
Glue gun
Needle and thread
Wool felt
magnetic tape
Conductive thread

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circuit diagram

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Reflection and next step
In this assessment, I think it is very difficult to turn ideas into reality. For example, the placement or size setting of parts is very important for the production of works and also how to cover the conductive thread. I think more accurate marking and careful arrangement of work details are what I lack in this assignment. During the whole production process, I felt that I didn’t completely turn my ideas into reality, which made me a little sorry. In the next learning process, I will make more preparations and spend more time studying the details of each production. Especially when I have ideas but have no ability, the positive inquiry is what I need to do next. Generally speaking, this work gives me a new understanding of wearable art. I enjoy the production process very much.


Resources and related work
Kate Hartman: The Art of Wearable Communication – YouTube. (n.d.). Retrieved February 24, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7ui-iAp8Pc

 

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office. (n.d.). A wearable sensor to help ALS patients communicate. MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved February 24, 2022, from https://news.mit.edu/2020/sensor-als-communicate-1022

Wigmore, I. (2019, January 30). What is wearable technology? – definition from whatis.com\\\\\\\\\\\\\. SearchMobileComputing. Retrieved February 24, 2022, from https://www.techtarget.com/searchmobilecomputing/definition/wearable-technology

 

Hachisu, T., Pan, Y., Matsuda, S., Bourreau, B., & Suzuki, K. (2018, June 28). facelooks: A smart headband for signaling face-to-face behavior. Sensors (Basel, Switzerland). Retrieved February 25, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6068478/

 

Expressive Wearable- Kathy Chau: The Spider Glove

What Are The Spider Gloves?

The Spider Glove is a left hand (right for left handers) glove that show the emotion of disgust. It is a hand extension that helps those who feel uncomfortable under stressful situations. It helps alert others that they feel uncomfortable using red and yellow lights and loud sounds.

How Did This Design Come To Mind?

I wanted to create gloves that represent problems I go through everyday. When I am alone at night, I feel uncomfortable when people surround or approach me. Having a simple light flash on to show that I feel unsafe.  I wanted to show the emotion of disgust or gross things since it is quite opposite of me to do this in my practice. I usually make happy and uplifting things, which got me inspired to turn this assignment into something that I normally do not go for Sound also helps to alert those around us to seek help. If I take this design further, I would prototype an app with contact of security in dangerous situations.

Ideation Sketches

This idea comes from one of my practice ideation sketch session. I found it interesting that I pulled these 3 out in my ideas. I decided to choose a spider because I am quite scared of spiders.

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Circut Diagram

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Make Code Prototype

With the prototype of my circuit, I made a simple turn on light for 2 seconds and then turn red, as red is a simple sign of danger. I also added a siren noise on button A which is represented by a star on my glove.

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Inspiration

Mimu Glove: These gloves are used to track movements of the fingers. With these movements, you are able to play music with the movement of your hands. I was inspired by this design since it is worn by many with the circuit closed.

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The Aesthetic Of Fear: Dorry Hsu

This is a 3d printed resin jewelry piece that covers the face which turns fears into an aesthetic. It looks quite disgusting and gross, but it is a wearable that you are able to express the emotion or feeling of disgust.  This inspired me because of the theme disgust, and how she was able to turn an animal with multiple legs into something pretty.

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Samsung Fingers:

The Samsung fingers design allows people to communicate to each other using translator as well as warms your hands up during cold situations. It also has various gestures for you to make a call or text a friend. These gloves inspired me as they are a wearable that could do many things and has various functions. If this prototype does become a project, I would love to create many gloves to sense different emotions.

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Process:

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Parts List:

Old Gloves

Conductive Thread

Silver Sequins (Painted)

Circuit Playground Express: CPX

Silver Wire 18 gauge  (Not used to connect, but to add a design)

Copper Wire 18 gauge

Acrylic Paint

Brown Plasticine (Painted)

Pliers with wire cutters attached

Essentials: Glue gun, Scissors, Sewing needle, regular thread

Purple Wool Sample: For a soft finish when placing the glove on

Note: I ended up not using the yellow led lights and resistors because I thought they would be painful to the hand. It is included in the photo however I changed it in the end.

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Final Design:

I couldn’t upload a video of me pressing the button since it exceeds the file limit, but I will present it in person!

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Reflection:

During my process, I had a huge problem trying to glue all the parts together, they would fall apart and even in the final I should have used some more stronger glue to stick the pieces together.

My Makecode program was very simple, however I might explore using button B to program the lights instead of carrying around a usb cable since I would love to make the design versatile for everyone to use.

Next Steps:

I would love to be able to push this design further and have an app created just to monitor when we feel uncomfortable and have support services notified when you need help.

I want to program louder sounds so the public will be notified of your feeling.

To make it more sleek and more comfortable, and also sturdy.

References

Mimu Gloves . MiMU. (n.d.). Retrieved February 18, 2022, from https://mimugloves.com/

Rose Etherington |5 August 20131 comment. (2013, August 6). The aesthetic of fears 3D-printed jewellery by Dorry Hsu. Dezeen. Retrieved February 18, 2022, from https://www.dezeen.com/2013/08/05/the-aesthetic-of-fears-3d-printed-jewellery-insects-dorry-hsu/

Samsung introduces its first wearable glove, Samsung Fingers. – Samsung Global Newsroom. (n.d.). Retrieved February 21, 2022, from https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-introduces-its-first-wearable-glove-samsung-fingers

 

Prior, O. (2022). MakeCode Introduction [Online Lecture]. Retrieved from https://canvascloud.ocadu.ca/courses/2871/pages/makecode-introduction-45-minutes?module_item_id=241160

Prior, O.  (2022). Digital Switches & Buttons Overview [Online Lecture]. Retrieved from https://ocadu.techsmithrelay.com/connector/view/index?id=opY6&isLtiSession=true&ltiUserId=0e0670105d1c2db73436feb02e0b28f357ee9a1f 

Prior, O (2022). Sound, Movement, Light and Vibration [Online Lecture] Retrieved from https://canvascloud.ocadu.ca/courses/2871/pages/sound-movement-light-and-vibration-1-hour?module_item_id=243016

 

Expressive Wearable Assignment : Wavve

Concept

Concert goers, sports fans, rave addicts, this one is for you and the heap of confusion that comes with finding the people you are meeting up with in crowded public spaces.

Wavve is a glove-like wearable that acts as a quick finder for lost friends in big crowds. Easily customizable in fabric and “personal find colour” Wavve is an easy accessory for any fit or style, making your night out as efficient as possible while keeping your look simple yet detailed.

Inspired by multiple incidents of miscommunication with friends at concerts and festivals trying to find one another through a crowd of small faces in packed arenas and overcrowded venues, This wearable is activated through the motion of the hand or “wave” (where it takes it name with an extra v for spice 🙂 ) lighting up the glove, sending a clear signal to the person trying to find you vice-versa.

This Wavve prototype lights up orange (my choice colour) when signalling as it is a striking colour for anyone in a crowd and also compliments the colour of the fabric chosen for prototype.

Objective

Helping people efficiently find each other in big crowds with light and motion while not drawing to much attention or concern from others around (hence the lack of sound or flashing ) was the goal for this wearable as it has always been an issue for me in the past, often wasting the first 20 minutes of a show or event trying to locate meet-up friends who are being quite vague with their location description (bad texters are strangely common these days) 

While a cellphone light could be used in a similar way, it is also a common signal at music festivals and concerts whereas a customized wearable that lights up a specific colour would make the crowd experience much easier

Additionally, I decided to make this prototype out of yarn (crochet style) and felt fabric as I find it keeps your hand warm and still looks cute and can accessorize easily with any look. It also diffuses the light well through the natural openings made by the crochet pattern.

Process

Brainstorming and trying to understand the project (after much confusion I finally got an idea and starting working) + Circuit Diagram

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Creating program in MakeCode (still = sparkle animation) (wave/shake = bright Orange LEDs)

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Starting on test fabric and drawing out circuit with magnet placements and CPX using conductive thread and conductive fabric to connect the circuit. (Tested the circuit with alligator clips like a million times to make sure it ACTUALLY worked)

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Recreating the circuit on the final fabric, sewing and glueing all pieces together also creating the outer yarn layer with crochet (and lots of patience)

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Using crochet to encase felt glove with outer layer and finally have a finished product!!!

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Please refer to the Google Slides here for a more detailed overview of the entire process (lots and lots of pictures :)) https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1L8YzGzP3NvKKcYQb0jpp0Hh0GtjgxGQMgfvho2-3PP0/edit?usp=sharing

Parts List

  • Yarn
  • Clutch Magnets
  • Conductive Fabric
  • Conductive thread
  • Hot glue 
  • Fabric glue
  • Regular thread
  • CPX
  • Micro USB to USB Cord
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Felt

Final Product Images

Well turns out shitty iPhone cameras don’t like when you wave so these pictures sadly don’t show the full wearable in action 🙁 I TRIED

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Reflections & Next Steps

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the finished product considering the amount of time and effort put in (especially the crochet) and I think if simulated in real-life situations, it would be an efficient way to find someone in a big crowd. It fits nicely on the wrist area and is quite cosy! I learned a lot about planning out circuits and the difficulty of execution especially when its making a piece of wearable clothing. I would definitely add LEDs around the entire glove just to make it brighter and would explore more features with the MakeCode program given that this one is pretty basic. Maybe somehow incorporating a second glove into the circuit to match this one would be an interesting experiment and would make a better selling product. I wish I could’ve experimented with different materials and maybe found something that diffuses light better than the yarn outer layer (although it makes for an aesthetic arm warmer) As a prototype I think the idea is good and could be developed further with more research and  testing in both the fabrication and programming. This wearables assignment made me reflect and plan out a lot which will certainly be helpful in future wearable projects and made me want to further explore motion in wearables. At the end of the day it’s a cute glove and manages to accomplish its objective while remaining subtle and detailed.

Resources

Prior, O. (2022). MakeCode Introduction [Online Lecture]. Retrieved from https://ocadu.techsmithrelay.com/connector/view/index?id=YHkB&isLtiSession=true&ltiUserId=0e0670105d1c2db73436feb02e0b28f357ee9a1f 

Prior, O.  (2022). Digital Switches & Buttons Overview [Online Lecture]. Retrieved from https://ocadu.techsmithrelay.com/connector/view/index?id=opY6&isLtiSession=true&ltiUserId=0e0670105d1c2db73436feb02e0b28f357ee9a1f 

Prior, O. (2022). Basic Circuits & Circuit Demonstration [Online Lecture]. Retrieved from https://ocadu.techsmithrelay.com/connector/view/index?id=EKtW&isLtiSession=true&ltiUserId=0e0670105d1c2db73436feb02e0b28f357ee9a1f 

Expressive Wearable Assignment – Kan Huang

“Go For It”

Concept

– Circuit Playground Express be the core of the work and use some switches to change the animation of lights.
– The brightness will be random to makes lights looks flashing.
– All the things are connected by one felt (not separated parts) and can hang on the belt or wear on the wrist.

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Objective

I like Japanese tokusatsu drama, the Kamen Rider series, so I want to use the concept to create something, make something out, and relate to the Kamen Rider W(2009-2010). In my work, I have three switches to control the Circuit Playground Express shows different colors in random brightness. The color corresponds to the different types of the main character in W.

Process

Prepare the design page and materials.

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My design is very simple. I created the code before I make it, so I just need to use a conductive thread to link the A3, A4, A6 ports separated to a space on the felt, and use a small piece of conductive fabric to be the connectors.

The active ports are finished, I use thread to link the GND port and use another long felt to be the switch. The conductive fabric will be set on the top of the felt because I need it to connect to A3, A4, and A6 ports connectors to active the lights animations.

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In the final image, I use clips to clamp a felt to hide the wire and a USB Cable on the back to make wires void my skin.

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Final Project Image

If I do nothing, it will show a circuiting light animation, and each switch will make Express change the color of the lights.

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Parts List
– Circuit Playground Express
– Conductive Thread
– Conductive Fabric
– A Needle
– Felt
– Clips
– Sticky Back Fasteners
– Scissors
– Pen

Circuit Diagram
Simply, my work just needs each different route to control different types of light animations. In MakeCode, I create three ports, and each one makes the colors, otherwise, it will run the MakeCode basic animation.

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Reflections
– During the progress, I made a big mistake was the conductive thread needs a clear route to the conductive fabric, but some of them have crossed each other so it has crashed to Express’s animation. Next time, I will be more careful about it.
– The MakeCode is very strong and simple for me, it shows directly what happened. In one case, I want to input some sounds when the switch is on, so this is also one goal for me to do in the future.
– I also want to use buttons instead of switches, and I want to learn how to add a CDS to control the brightness of the lights of Express.

Next Step
– I want to change my switches to have clear and short routes and change the switch to be a button (if can). I want to buy a battery jack for Express and create a small bag for it, so I can carry it outside without using a USB Cable.
– This prototype is simple than I thought. I think it needs some sound when the switch is on, and I still want to create two more switches for another two different types of lights animations.
– In the beginning, I design it to set on the belt, but it was too hard to show the Express without the USB Cable. I want it can be set on the belt and looks well.

 

Resources
Kamen Rider W. Kamen Rider Wiki. (n.d.). Retrieved February 23, 2022, from https://kamenrider.fandom.com/wiki/Kamen_Rider_W

Vega Edge. SOCIAL BODY LAB. (2019, March 1). Retrieved February 23, 2022, from http://socialbodylab.com/vega-edge/

Prior, O. & Yoyo (2022). MakeCode Introduction [Online Lecture]. Retrieved from https://canvascloud.ocadu.ca/courses/2871/pages/makecode-introduction-45-minutes?module_item_id=241160

Prior, O. & Yoyo (2022). Workshop: Making our own Digital Switches [Online Lecture]. Retrieved from https://canvascloud.ocadu.ca/courses/2871/pages/workshop-making-our-own-digital-switches-45-min?module_item_id=241164