The Memory Light Band

What is the memory watch? 

The memory watch is a childhood light up watch that reminds me of the nostalgic memories I had of wearing one of these watches everyday. I would remember showing these watches to my friends and think I was super cool. As I remember these watches, I wanted to recreate something similar to them. Thinking about all the moms with kids who would never stop crying, this wearable is used to calm younger kids down and make them happy over music and lights.

Ideation Sketches 

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Inspiration 

I was inspired by these childhood watches that I would have as a kid. If a new design was produced I would always beg my parents for more. I had ones that would light up and you were able to change the design on the inside which was the look I was going for.

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Materials List 

  • 6″ Plastic Embroidery Hoop
  • CPX
  • White Cotton
  • Embroidery Floss in various colours
  • Buttons
  • Mask Ear Loop
  • Conductive Thread
  • Old Round Clear Plastic Gatcha Capsule

Note: I ended up not using leds for the side band as well because mostly the interaction of these bands is in the middle! I found it took away from the concept.

Process

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Final Design:

I included a video and photo documentation also in the peep holes of the capsule

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Here is a link to the video!

https://vimeo.com/701872001

Reflection:

During my process, I had the measurements of the fabric messed up and I had a larger hoop and ran out of time to buy another one.

The makecode process was very simple for someone who knows music already. I often had to look at the clarinet fingerings to know what note was played.

Sometimes the code would fail and I did have a short circuit in my previous design.

I decided to stick with the metal look of the conductive thread using stem stitch and an embroidery hoop. Each time you flipped it, a  design pattern would be embedded into the band.

Wearability:

It is very comfortable since cotton is like shirt material. The placement is right on the wrist and you are able to move your arms around. More buttons can be placed around the band.

Next Steps:

I would like to create more top pieces that you can take out with multiple cpx’s that would change songs and lights adjusted to the children’s taste.

To have this more portable for outdoor use for calming kids to add a battery or a phone adapter.

To make the ends more finished and refined.

References

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

Clarinet clarity: Clarinet fingering chart. Sheet Music – Pender’s Music Co. (n.d.). Retrieved March 26, 2022, from https://www.penders.com/t-clarinet-fingering-chart.aspx (Links to an external site.)

Mary had a little lamb. Teachers Pay Teachers. (n.d.). Retrieved March 26, 2022, from https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:mary%20had%20a%20little%20lamb (Links to an external site.)

Musescore. (2021, August 17). Twinkle twinkle little star. Musescore.com. Retrieved March 26, 2022, from https://musescore.com/user/29610820/scores/5246280

Household Conductive Fabric

Household Conductive Fabric – Kathy Chau and Latiesha Faisal

Objective: We wanted to create some alternatives to create conductive fabric using household items. We wanted to find the quick and easy ways on making conductive fabric without going out and purchasing some. It may be quite expensive and this saves time.
We explored two different methods to connect conductive fabric together.

Method #1: Ironing Method

Materials You Need

  • Iron- On Fusible Interfacing. This is purchased at any craft store or any fabric stores as well.
  • Iron and Ironing Board :You can also purchase this from any craft store or a warehouse as well.
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Scissors: Try using a rotary cutter if you want straight lines. Line this up against a ruler.

Step 1: Cut a piece of aluminum foil at any size that you need. img_3968

Step 2: Crumple the sides up a bit so that you form a flexible material

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Step 3: Cut out a piece of fusible interfacing that is the same size as your aluminum foil.

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Step 4: Place the interfacing on top of the foil. The foil can be on the matte or the shiny side. The side with the texture is the glue. This faces down.

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Is it conductive? Yes! It lights up when plugged into alligator clips.

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Gluing Method:

Step 1: Grab a piece of any fabric you like: In this case I used felt.

Step 2: Apply glue on the back of the material and stick it onto the aluminum foil you cut out. Make sure to bend it to make it flexible as well.

End Result: img-3960-1

Is it conductive? Yes! It lights up when plugged into alligator clips.

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Code I used to test:

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Powerpoint Link: https://ocaduniversity-my.sharepoint.com/:p:/g/personal/kathy_chau_ocadu_ca/EeBTJXAHYBVLpe5Lpo6-buMByAQSXyZszN5Q07yv6o2-5g?e=ZE1ACg

Citations:

Aluminum Foil Tilt Sensor. How to get what you want. (n.d.). Retrieved March 15, 2022, from https://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2539

▫Prior, O. (2022 February 17). Making Our Own Digital Switches: Workshop. [Online Lecture.] Retrieved February 20 2022,from https://canvascloud.ocadu.ca/courses/2871/pages/workshop-making-our-own-digital-switches-45-min?module_item_id=241164

▫ThunderLilyNYC, & Instructables. (2019, November 30). How to make conductive fabric. Instructables. Retrieved March 12, 2022, from https://www.instructables.com/How-to-Make-Conductive-Fabric/

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