Expressive Wearable Assignment2 – Zhiye Yang



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.


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.


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
Glue gun
Needle and thread
Wool felt
magnetic tape
Conductive thread


circuit diagram



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


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

Wigmore, I. (2019, January 30). What is wearable technology? – definition from\\\\\\\\\\\\\. SearchMobileComputing. Retrieved February 24, 2022, from


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


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