LED Heart Alpaca Bracelet by Hortensia Reyes

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LED Heart Alpaca Bracelet by Hortensia

Description

I love alpaca fibre, is soft, light, breathable and hypoallergenic. I weaved this bracelet while trying to learn how to weave. I live textile jewelry because wearing them are very comfortable, I made a necklace of alpaca fibre too.

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Now I tried to incorporated lights to this bracelet to see how it looks.

In this project I used fairy light strip and shaped as a heart, I sewed these light on top with regular thread of the bracelet. The “heart” lights fade following a heartbeat and inside the “heart” there are three groups of blinking sewable LED lights. The LED lights blink at three different rates: slow, medium and fast blinking. The piece represents a beating, sparkling heart –a sign of love– and lighting is applied on top of an alpaca bracelet but I sewed these lights under the bracelet, then light come through the textile, I want to have a subtle light, not so intense. I like how the light were show all together.

The fairy light strip and each group of LED lights have its own connection to the Arduino Nano 33 IoT board. Each connection uses a different port on the Arduino board for the positive, that way the program can apply the corresponding effects and blinking or fading rates. The Arduino code combines the fading and blinking basic examples, but uses proportional refresh rates for fading and blinking, since multiples delays did not produce the desired effect (delays accumulate and fading and blinking became all too slow).

The piece is quite light, around 100g, which meets the weight wearability criteria for the wrist by Clint Zeagler’s video (Zeagler, 2018), which specifies under 0.5lb for this part of the body.

Since I started testing the circuits using the Arduino Nano 33 IoT, I learnt the final result did not meet the portability criteria to be strictly wearable. Perhaps the Arduino Nano 33 IoT was not the best board selection, because it has been designed to be used on a breadboard or a socket, not precisely a sewable board. I know the Adafruit’s “Circuit Playground Express” would have been a much better option, since it does not have pins and it has holes that can be used to be sewed on a piece of fabric. This board could have been powered with two 3V coin batteries, which would have been enough for low power lights like the ones I used, and this would have met the portability criteria for wearability. The most important for me doing this prototype was learnt how to do the connectivity, build circuits and try to use the Nano 33 IOT which I never used in my life.

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Part & Materials

Alpaca weaving bracelet
Full-size breadboard
Arduino Nano IoT 33
Through-Hole resistors
Alligators
Battery
Conductive thread
Regular thread
Needle
USB cable
Scissors
5 Pink LilyPad LED
2 White LilyPad LED
Fairy lights
 
 
Arduino Code

See: https://github.com/hreyes1965/Arduino/blob/main/FadeAndBlink.ino
 
 
Circuit Diagram

Below the circuit diagram. As you can see, there are three sets of LED lights inside the heart, this was made with the fairy light strip. Each set of LED lights as well as the fairy light strip have their own red wire (positive), which connects to a different port in the Arduino board, that way they can get different effects each.

Each red wire line does not touch each other, also red and black wires do not touch. We are using a USB portable charger showed on the diagram below to power this project, but for this project to be wearable we would probably have to use a set of coin batteries.

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Testing my LED circuit

https://youtu.be/fd5K9DHY22w
 
 
Demo Video

https://youtu.be/ho6nhMvli70
 
 
Context

“Light-up LED Cuff / Bracelet With Magnetic Switch (e-textile)” (Dawson, 2017)
When I started with this project, I tried to find simple guidelines to understand how to connect and sew conductive thread to integrate into my textile (weaving). I found this helpful website, easy to follow and with clear directions, maybe too easy to understand because it was a project for primary school students, but it was good for my first prototype. I watched the video tutorial that help me on doing my sewing with the conductive thread. I recommend this to anybody who is pretty new on e-wearability.

“Making a Face Mask with ANIMATIONS!!” (Nedforge, 2020)
This was the design that inspired me for this project. Although I did not do a face mask and did not use the LED Matrix, which was built with individual addressable LED strips, this was an interesting project. I did not know the LED Matrix and the supporting software existed. On the down side, welding was required for this project and I do not have a soldering iron yet. The idea of light animation inspired me to use sewable lights in my bracelet. Maybe in my next project I could use a LED Matrix to create more light animations.
“Actualizer: LED Bracelets” (Actua Canada, 2016)
This was the terrible animation, because although was a simple project like the the first example “Light -Up Led Cuff” the explanation was not clear, the video helps but the explanation was unclear, the design was very sloppy and there is not a list of the material needed to make this project. I think is because the first example was address to school students the demonstration, video, photos and list of materials was clear like a lesson for students in the classroom which could be used for a school teacher to do this project in class.
 
 
Bibliography

Actua Canada; “Actualizers: LED Bracelets”. September 20, 2016. In: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc7uony7pYo

Dawson, Jill; “Light-up LED Cuff / Bracelet With Magnetic Switch (e-textile)”. 2017. In: https://www.instructables.com/Light-up-LED-Cuff-Bracelet-With-Magnetic-Switch-e-/

Nedforge; “Making a Face Mask with ANIMATIONS!!”. May 12, 2020. In: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNogUc4_8GM&feature=youtu.be

Zeagler, Clint; “Where to wear it”. July 15, 2018. In: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwRcPTddS0k&feature=youtu.be

Music Festival Headband by Trish

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

During these uncertain times of the pandemic we find ourselves looking back and longing to go out for social gatherings. For my prototype I decided to design a headband that lights up to the beat of the music. Its use is not limited to music festivals can be worn at house parties and other events that involve music.

The music festival headband is a wearable device that is designed to light up the world of the user the idea is to capture the attention of the people that surround the user. The headband has a sound sensor that captures the beats of the music to light up the LEDs insync with the music, when the music is off the headband doesn’t light up.

The device consists of 8 different colour LEDs connected to an arduino nano on a breadboard and also has a  microphone sound sensor module that detects the sound of the music. The wires are wrapped around the frame of the headband and covered with ribbons so as not to be visible. As we are limited to make use of the supplies we have at home I covered up the long hanging wires with black ribbon so as to mimic or give the illusion of someone’s hair as a next iteration I would like to explore less bulky electronics so as to keep the design compact.

Some of the challenges I faced while designing the headband was figuring out how to place the LEDs especially because I didn’t have any conductive thread but eventually improvised with wires. The full sized breadboard was also very bulky so I packed it in my fanny pack so that its not seen for when someone is moving around although it is not a long term solution but for a prototype it worked well. From Clint Zeagler work “Where to wear it” he mentions that a wearable for sensing can be worn on the head.

PARTS AND MATERIALS 

(4) red LEDs, (2) blue LEDs, (2) green LEDs                                                                (1) Arduino Nano 33 IoT                                                                                                          (20) M-F Dupont Jumper Cables                                                                                            (1) Solderless Breadboard                                                                                                        (2)Standard Insulated pointed wire                                                                                    (1)Microphone sound sensor module                                                                                Red and Black ribbon                                                                                                                  Glue gun                                                                                                                                          USB cable

PROTOTYPE IMAGES

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DEMO VIDEO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxjpO6id2ts

DETAIL IMAGES AND VIDEO

https://youtu.be/8opuqkULOFU

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CIRCUIT DIAGRAM

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ARDUINO CODE HOSTED ON GITHUB

https://github.com/kananamwenda/Music-Festival-Headband/blob/main/Arduino%20Code

PROJECT CONTEXT

ORPHE ONE are a pair of shoes that emits lights and sounds in sync with the wearer’s every foot movement whether a step or a jump. Equipped with full-color LED soles and high-precision motion sensor technology, the revolutionary performance of this smart shoes is sure to capture the eye of the audience. The shoes can be linked, customized and controlled using an app. The shoes are interesting because they can literally help someone communicate their feelings without having to say a word.

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As my projects is an accessory I’ll mention the Joule it is made as a piece of jewelry.  Joule has a heart rate monitor that helps one to achieve the best result for their workout, by providing the heart rate information while they are working out. It also tracks the calories burnt not only when one is exercising, but also accounts for the missing 90% daily caloric expenditure. Even though it doesn’t light up it is still. a very useful wearable and a compact and discreet on at that.

Having gone hiking with the Energizer headlamp I must say in terms of convenience of having a headlamp is great but in terms of comfort it wasn’t the best experience. Some of the features include. VisionGuard protects vision by gradually increasing light intensity. Low battery indicator. IPX4 water resistant and shatterproof lens construction. Latest LED technology and patented optics, delivering exceptional vision, up to 15X brighter than standard LED technology. 6 Modes High, Low, Flood, Red, Red Flashing, Green. Features LED Technology.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

B. (2016). Joule Smart Earring Backs to track fitness! Joule. https://shopjoule.com/

LED Headlamps and Headlights. (2021). Energizer. https://www.energizer.com/lighting/headlights

no new folk studio. (2020, July 22). ORPHE ONE|ORPHE. ORPHE| https://orphe.shoes/en/one/

Emotional Apron By Jessy

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  • Description and Discussion

The emotional apron is a wearable led matrix and its color will change according to the environment. There is a sound sensor attached to the apron and connected to the Arduino board. Technically, the sound sensor is an input port and triggering the led matrix to make changes. There are totally three states of this led matrix(see image 1.1-1.3), specifically, the led matrix will show a blue state to indicate the out space is sort of quiet, and change to red-state when in a pretty noisy environment like a crowded street, or a busy public space. As we are rarely in an environment without any sound, so when there is some external sound that is not enough to reach a level of annoyance, the led matrix will show the green state.

Wearables are sort of electronic devices that can be worn as accessories. They could be embedded in clothing, implanted in the user’s body, and tightly attached to the physical body like the sports watch that be worn on the wrist and will not affect the movement of the human body. Wearable technology should be basically placed in the area that will not disturb people’s movement, so in this project, I chose the apron as a basic wearable framework and embedded the sensor and device inside. In the process of testing, I firstly chose a hoody as a frame, but it turned out that the apron was more wearable which can be taken off or put on rapidly. Although the current apron needs to support by a laptop( the battery container is still being shipped)and the wire connections also need to totally replaced by the conductive sewing thread, but from the perspective of the overall operation, it is highly wearable. Additionally, according to the Body Map- Body Locations for Wearable Technology, it shows the upper whole body(the dark green area in the body map) is a better area to place the device, so I placed the LED Matrix around this area.

For most wearable devices, like smartwatches or fitness trackers, their goal is to use sensors to get users’ information, in other words, our internal information. My thinking is, the external or environmental information could also be considered to be integrated into the wearable devices, in other words, the wearable is not only to track our bodies but also from the external space. So the emotional apron is firstly sensing the external situation and delivering this information to people. The LED matrix is sort of a signal output that can reflect the external sound condition.

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  • Code Link

https://github.com/xinzhang-jessy/emtionalapron.git

  • Sensor List

4*5 RGB LEDs

Arduino Nano IoT

Jump line

Sound Sensor

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Ordinary sewing thread & conductive sewing thread

  • Context

When doing the research, I found three wearable light projects that I want to share. The first one is called Turn Signal Biking Jacket, which is a useful wearable light application. The device is attached to the back of a jacket. People can wear it when doing some sports, especially when riding a bicycle. The controllers are embedded on the cuff, which is easy to click and other people will see the signal directly. Besides, this project is realized by Lily Pad with its related components, so technically the jacket could be washable without the battery. So I think this project is really practical and useful for many activities.  More making details could be found from  https://www.instructables.com/turn-signal-biking-jacket/

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The second project is a wearable prototype called Ceres(image above), it is designed by the studio called wearable media, a fashion tech studio based in New York City. There is an embedded microcontroller in Ceres programmed to work with NASA’s Asteroid Neo-Ws RESTful API, which collects and catalogs real-time data sets of near-Earth asteroids surrounding our orbit. So the suits will vibrate timely. This project is really beautiful, as it is not just a fashion design, but also a wearable design. The material of the suit is also soft and light, but at the same time, it will also help the user to be aware of the vibration. This project is also a combination of technology and aesthetics.

The last one is a little bit terrible called Bling Bra, even this project is mainly to make fun, but it is indeed a negative example of a wearable light project. Firstly, the way of attachment is too simple, which is only to install on the surface of the bra. The bra is a sort of private suit, which requires some biometric consideration when embedding the devices. So this project is incomplete as I could not find any meaning from the aesthetically and practically.

Citation

1.’Where to Wear it: Functional, Technical, and Social Considerations in On-Body Location for Wearable Technology 20 Years of Designing for Wearability,’ Clint Zeagler

2. ‘What is Wearable Technology, How it Works?’ Kela Casery, ’https://codersera.com/blog/what-is-wearable-technology-how-it-works/’

3.’What is wearable tech? Everything you need to know’,’ ChrisSmith’, August 17, 2019

Wristband by Wanqing Liu

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Description and Discussion

Smart wristbands are popular in smart device market. They can provide testing and statistics of step counting, sleep, heart rate, and exercise data to users. In this assignment, I would like to build up a lo-fi prototype of a smart band, using the functions of circuit playground express.

The prototype is consisting of a band and a circuit playground express. The band is made by straps and cotton cloth. And the circuit playground express can be placed into the little cloth pocket, as well as remove from it. Methods used is sewing and coding.

This wristband is designed to monitor temperature and wake up user in the morning.

(1)By pressing the button A, user can switch on its colorful lights whose amount shows how high the temperature is (More lights represents higher temperature). If the temperature becomes higher than 36℃, all the lights will turn red, to remind user of paying attention to take measure from getting sunstroke.

(2)When the wristband prototype detect sunlight, it will play music to wake up user.

Why is twist? According to Clint Zeagler, wearable devices should avoid obstructing body movement. Twist, as is usually a place for watch, is ideal for light-weighted wearable devices and not stop people from moving.

I am new to coding, so I used MakeCode to make things easier. Codes were written by selecting and moving different modules. I have experienced some confused moment but finally I made it. What I learned from this assignment is basic knowledge of how to control my circuit playground express by code, and code logic.

Demo Video

https://youtu.be/g9Ky3hKibDI

Detail Image

I used a power bank to work as battery for powering the circuit.

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Parts and materials

(2) Straps

(1) Cotton cloth

(1) Buckle

(1) Circuit playground express

(1) Power bank

code

https://github.com/ajiujiu1003/Body-centric-technology/blob/master/circuitplayground-Untitled%20(14).uf2

COntext

The first one is the beautiful one. Second skin watch, designed by Svetlana Blum, is made in PU, LED and metal. There are two rows of LED lights in the watch, one displaying hours and the other minutes, to shows the exact time every five minutes. All the user need to do is touch the display to awaken the lights. Its shape has a sense of line, is full of classy vibe. The combination of the position of LEDs and the overall shape is just right, thus brings out the best for each other. My prototype is inspired by its use of LEDs.

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The second one is not a light device but I like its inclusive function. People who visually impaired may have difficulty using common watch to look at the time. And Dot watch is a solution for this situation. It is a braille smartwatch and its users can read the time by touching its surface. It can also be connected to smartphone via an app. When someone call in, the Dot watch will display the name of the caller, then users can receive messages with ease by touching it. In my opinion, this is a useful and inclusive design, because it has well addressed the problem and is concise in appearance and simple to use.

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The last one is a fitness tracker, the Atlas Wristband. The Atlas Wristband is made to monitor exercises, reps, calculates calories burned and evaluates form. What makes it different is users can see how each movement affects their body, and this wristband can track body on the x-, y- and z-axes. I also like the way that it align one edge of the rectangle to the strap’s, but I think its display interface is lack of aesthetic and a bit too large for a person who is doing exercise to carry.

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References

Design Buzz. LED Display Turns the ‘Second Skin’ Wristwatch Into a Fashion Accessory[Blog post]. Retrived fom https://www.aminimalstudio.com/second-skin-watch

Dot Incorporation(2018). Dot Watch. Retrived from https://buy.dotincorp.com/product/dot-watch/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIiqTs9JG77gIVVTizAB2Vyw-5EAYYASABEgIWNPD_BwE

Peter Li(2014). The Atlas Wristband. Retrived from https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-atlas-wristband#/


another work

Just make for fun! I sewed a seven-color led to a glove, and it can be powered by a button battery.

Video link: https://youtu.be/2ZYz3WpLMAQ

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Squat Mate by Grace Yuan

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Project Description

As we spend most of the time at home during the Coivd-19 pandemic, the idea of home fitness and indoor workout tends to become more popular. Squatting is one of the exercises that I found extremely beneficial and can easily be done anywhere. Personally, I do squat every day for exercising and keeping myself motivated. Doing squats helps to strengthen the core and the muscles of the lower body.

Squat Mate is a wearable device that monitors the user’s posture when squat to exercise. It is designed to be worn on the top of the user’s thigh, to detect leg movement. There are three LED lights on the device to represent three modes of the signals. (1)When standing still, the yellow LED lights up to indicate that the device is turned on and the user is not moving. (2)As the user squat, the orange LED lights up, indicating the user is squatting at a proper depth. (3)If the user squats and bends their knees beyond 90 degrees, the red LED lights up and warns the user. Going below a 90-degree bend puts lots of weight on the knees and can cause injury. The goal of the device is to help the user maximize the squatting exercises safely and correctly.

The device mainly consists of a circuit and a pouch with adjustable straps. The pouch is made of acrylic felt to hold the circuit board and wires. Three LED lights are sewed on the pouch with conductive threads for connecting to the circuit with alligator clips. The adjustable straps are made of sturdy ribbons with velcro tapes sewing at both ends, allowing the user to put on the device according to their thigh circumference. The detection of the leg movements is based on the accelerometer data of the Arduino IMU sensor. It reads the bending angle of the leg and triggers the corresponding LEDs to light up. Squat Mate is a wearable device that belongs to the movement sensing category. According to Clint Zeagler, “placing the sensor on the thigh or just above ankle would be appropriate.” The visible feedback of LEDs is also easy to read because of the placement of the device.

Parts & Materials

(1) Arduino Nano 33 IOT
(1)Yellow LED
(1)Red LED
(1)USB charger
(1)Orange LED
(6)Aligator clips
(1)Half breadboard
Jumper wires
Velcro tapes
Black ribbon
Conductive thread
Black acrylic felt

Prototype Images

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Demo Video

https://youtu.be/LEhxEk4P7Z0

Detail Images

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Circuit Diagram

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Arduino Code

https://github.com/graceyuanjq/Squat-Mate/blob/main/Arduino%20Code

Project Context

Using the wearable device for tracking body movement or fitness has been quite popular. Notch Wearable Sensors can serve as a practical example. The notch is a motion capture system with up to 18 IMU sensors for detecting an athlete’s movement. You can purchase it as a kit and each kit comes with 6 sensors. Its LED lights system is designed to identify different sensors and where they are supposed to be worn. Each sensor unit contains 6 different colored lights. As the user selects a configuration for Notch on the phone app, it automatically assigns one color for each sensor. Similar to the Notch, Squat Mate also detects body movement and uses a velcro hook for fixing the device on the user’s body part.

Another related example would be the Heart Rate Monitor by Dmitry Dziuba from the MIT lab. This device is designed in the form of a watch, for the user to wear on their wrist. I found the design beautiful and well-integrated. The most eye-catching feature of its the bright and colorful Adafruit NeoPixel Ring that lights up or changes color as the user’s heartbeat changes. The concept of the Heart Rate Monitor and Squat Mate aligns – track body movement with IMU sensor and display them as visual feedbacks using LED lights.

There is another example with a really interesting concept and mechanism but very poorly constructed. This is a prototype from a youtube channel called Ultimate Robotics. The prototype integrates muscle controlled Electromyography (EMG) to control LED lights with the movement of fingers. Although the use of EMG is super creative and interesting, the prototype itself provides discomfort to the arm and the LEDs are not integrated into the design.

References

Chua, Julian. “Notch Wearable Sensor Review.” Sports Technology Blog, 29 Apr. 2019, sportstechnologyblog.com/2019/04/28/notch-wearable-sensor-review/.

Dziuba, Dmitry. “Heart Rate Monitor (Wearable and Wireless Using ECG).” Hackster.io, 6 Dec. 2020, www.hackster.io/aka3d6/heart-rate-monitor-wearable-and-wireless-using-ecg-e96dce.

Zeagler, Clint. “Where to Wear It.” Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, 2017, doi:10.1145/3123021.3123042.

Hat Studio

I became fixated on this idea of wearing my studio on my head as soon as Kate mentioned the prototype, and I set to work looking for inspiration which for me often comes from childhood memories:  In this case:  shutterstock_editorial_5851001a-1024x665

Inspector Gadget whose hat is a high tech studio,

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Caps for Sale, a story about a hat peddler,

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and Paddington Bear, who always has a sandwich in his hat!

I thought these responded nicely to Hannah Perner-Wilson’s observation that “the studio provides infrastructure, shelter, space” (https://canvascloud.ocadu.ca/courses/1337/modules/items/108615).  I also thought of this description as a state of mind, so part of my mobile studio is to identify what hours of the week I will use for prototyping projects (Sunday, Monday and Wednesday).

1. Space(s): The Studio

I am lucky to have a studio environment where I will be doing my prototyping work for this class.  This is a picture of my studio –

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it is on the top (attic) floor of our house.  It’s cold up here so I often work with a heating pad and blanket on my knees in the winter.  The main space I work on is the table at the centre of the room.  I always clear it at the end of the day unless I need to leave something out, but I like walking into a fresh work space as it helps me clear my head.  I store my tools and materials along the walls on shelving and in containers and drawers.  Not pictured are drawers of pencils/paper/markers/paint and a craft cart with things like beading wire, and odd bits and bobs of materials I collect (or rather, can’t bring myself to throw out). 

I have a desktop monitor and laptop I will use for any digital prototyping.  I learned to use Fusion 360 for modelling last semester and got a little more comfortable with illustrator.  Photoshop is a go-to tool for collaging images for ideas too. 

I have a dressmakers dummy that I will use for prototyping also – and I have a lot of styrofoam heads around too – I’m anticipating I will focus on hats, shoes and bags as areas to explore, but I’m excited to see what other inspirations come up!

I also have an outdoor studio space out of the city on my family’s farm.  One of the projects I am working on there is a series of musical dolls (using old movements from music boxes).  

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These dolls are on wheels and made of plaster with layers of organic material overtop of them.  I’m curious to play around with conductivity of materials to see what other forms of communication these dolls might be possible to make.  I working on one version there which is a doll/moveable studio/storage cart.  Pictured is a prototype which I plan to finish this summer in black carbon fibre stackable boxes (mouse proof!).

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2. Things

New Parts:

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Materials Arrived!  Arduino Nano IoT 33 with headers – includes wifi & bluetooth, Breadboard, Through hole resistors 220 and 10K ohm, 5mm LEDs assorted colours, USB portable charger, Micro usb charger, Velostat, Multimeter

In Transit!  Full rotation micro servo, Jumper wires 3” and 12”, Alligator clips, Alligator to Jumper cables, Stainless Conductive Thread, Conductive Fabric

Coming Soon!  More conductive thread options, Circuit Playground Express

Already Part of my Studio Environment:

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Tools: Scissors, Utility Knife, Sewing Machine, Sewing needles, Knitting needles, Tape, Multiple glues: wood, fabric, instant, glue sticks + glue gun, Iron+ Ironing Board, Safety glasses and gloves

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Materials: Multiple types of fabric:  wool, cotton, non fray, stretch fabrics, Old Shoes, Yarn, Papers and cardboard, Liquid latex, Various paints, Threads, Buttons and fasteners, Heat n’Bond, Copper wire, Chip Bags, Plant matter, Plaster Bandages, Artificial and real hair, Kombucha

At other studio location to be fetched if needed:  soldering iron , wire stripper, Various types of fibreglass fabrics and resin (in other studio), Raw kombucha scobbies

3. Systems

I addressed some of the storage system in the space section, and I will continue to use this organization for  tools and materials I already have.  So I focused the idea of a prototype on the new materials that are coming into the studio. While I wanted to make a hat, I realized that I need more information and familiarity with my tools and processes over the next weeks to make a functional one.  So I went to the location of my hat inspiration to rethink the wearable studio.  I carry alot of my tools between studios in bags/purses and canvas bags.  I have one bag in particular I picture would translate into a hat very well:

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After receiving my first batch of new material today, I decided to keep the required tools and materials together in modular boxes that fit into a canvas bag.  In a class last semester I prototyped a hanger just for canvas bags.  I’ll use a large one I have for these materials, so that I can add to it and store prototypes in it over the course of the semester.  I will use my hanger prototype to keep the wearable studio bag hanging on the rack along with my wearable sculptures in progress you can see on the left side of the studio picture above.  Since I’m not planning to work outside of the studio environment (on a hike), the shoulder bag works well. 

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I have a few clear plastic modular boxes I am picking up from the farm studio later this week.  I really like the clear boxes because it makes it easy to find what you’re looking for without having to open everything up.  But I don’t like to look at stacks of clear boxes so that’s why they are going into the bag!  As the weather warms up I will be spending more time at the farm studio, and I anticipate working on prototyping up there.  The bag will make it easy to move everything that I need at once without having to gather and pack up.  I also have doubles of alot of the studio tools like thread, needles, tape, scissors, papers, wire, sewing machine, fabrics etc… up there so I won’t include this in my moveable studio bag – just the electronic parts and materials which are new for me. This bag will then be moved along with my existing travel canvas bags.

Depending on the direction my making goes, I may be spending more time outside (especially with that multimeter to test conductivity of materials around the farm) So I was inspired to photograph a light vest I use alot on camping trips and hikes because of the two front pockets.  And felt in good company when I read about Jen Liu’s fly fishing inspired designs. 

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4. Methods

I anticipate employing sewing – both hand stitching and machine sewing, knitting and crochet.  I am very excited to play around with the conductive threads.

I would like to try programming and using bluetooth either to play with light or sound. Circuit building and playing around with the breadboard

I anticipate also employing some techniques for making hard shapes for hat and shoe forms – like plaster, paper mache and fibreglassing for final pieces. 

All of these methods I can employ in my current studio space.