Humanoid Interdimensional Rhinoceros Beetle who Loathes Humans Wearable Piece


About two weeks ago, I had a vision. A vision brought down upon me by entities from another dimension. They showed me a chaotic revelation of a war between humanoid interdimensional Rhinoceros Beetles who hate humans, and humans. The beetles looked something like this…



Spooky right?

It seems that in their dimension they were able to became the dominant species. Their hatred of humans stems from a late night tv infomercial for a bugspray that somehow entered into their dimension via radiowaves. The beetles saw this transmission, and were horrified, they took this as a threat towards their species and decided to invade our dimension and take over. I have now for this project decided to recreate this vision I have been given in order to warn mankind of the dangers that lie ahead.

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How do these vile creatures of hatred work? In their nose they contain two glands of light that begin to glow based on how much pressure they exert with their teeth. As their loathing for us increases and they bite down on us even harder, these little glands begin to blink faster and faster. Once they have reached an ultimate anger point, they give a fatal bite that releases toxic venom and kills us instantly. At this point their antennas glow a bright red that reflects their own internal hatred for us. It is demonstrated in this video.


I decided to recreate this vision by carving into blue foam to create a nose similar to that of a regular Rhinoceros Beetle. I made sure to measure my nose so that I could fit it on. I then painted it green with acrylic paint, and then covered it in latex completely.

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I created two little horns out of the blue foam as well, and repeated the process I did for the horn.


For my coding I began thinking of how I would do the blinking. I started out trying to experiment with one LED to see how it would work if I added blink after an FSR reading. At first I had a hard time getting it to work, but then I realized that the pins themselves worked as power outage, and would not work if I connected them to the 3v outage pin that my FSR sensor was connected to. After disconnecting the LED from the power source pin, it began to blink as planned.


I then wanted to add a second LED in order to have one on each end of the horn. I added a second set of

digitalWrite(LEDpin, LOW);


digitalWrite(LEDpin, HIGH);


directly under the first one and renamed it LEDpin2. But the problem with this was that both LEDs would not light up at the same time, no matter if I re arranged anything, or changed the delays. Then I remembered a toy I had taken apart from dollarama that lit up the way I wanted it to, so I checked the way the LEDs were set in parallel to each other, so I copied it. But they were very dim, so I decided to get rid of the resistor, as it wasn’t letting enough energy come through.


I now had both blinking at the same time. I then added different speeds to different readings from FSR. And decided to add another set in red. This set would be attached to the horns. And I did the same things for it that I did for the green LEDs. After Setting up both sets of LEDs to the FSR and having them working to my liking. I began to put together my circuit. But first here is a video of the process in action as I tested the code to make sure it was working while I listened to some Chilean 80s power ballads in the background.



I soldered the green LEDs to green wire so they wouldn’t be as  visible. And then covered everything in latex once again when attached to my horn in order for it to look more natural in conjunction to the horn. I did the same thing for my red LEDs except I also added a optic cable as antennas to the LEDs and used shrink tubing to hold it together. I covered all of this in latex once again.

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I put the pressure sensor inside a plastic hand. The hand hang from the hat I added that the beetles wear (they wear human body parts as accessories). I sewed the hand closed but attempted to give it a sort of surgical stitch effect by making obvious big stitches across it. I also twirled together the 3 wires coming from the sensor so that it would be neater.

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I attached my Bluefruit to the hat by sewing it on as seen here. The Battery pack was glued onto the top part. The hand hangs from another wire looped onto a hole in the hat.

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For the horns I added additional paint, and some latex in order to make the wires look a little more natural on them.

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After this I decided to finally add the rest of my wiring, connecting all the horns. I also added bits of hair as if to camouflage the Feather 32u4, battery pack, and some of the wiring.

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Then with some spirit gum I attached all the wiring to my face. I finished it off with some very light and casual makeup for a subtle effect, and VOILA! I have become a humanoid interdimensional Rhinoceros Beetle who loathes humans.

Electronics Parts List:

Force Sensitive Resistor Sensor x1 – Creaton

Feather 32u4 x1

10 mm LED Green x 2

10 mm LED Red x 2

Fiber Optic light tube

9v battery

9v battery holder box


10k ohm resistor

Heat Shrink Tubing

-All electronic parts obtained at Creatron

Circuit Diagram



Link To Code

Lessons Learned/ Next Steps

I feel that the eventual invasion of the humanoid interdimensional rhinoceros beetles who loathe humans is key information for all of mankind. So, to improve on this prototype I think I would like to find new ways to deal with the wiring, as it proved a bit cumbersome to mask. I’m thinking of perhaps covering all the wiring in latex as well, or trying to be very minimal about the connections. I was also not satisfied with the use of biting the hand in order to activate the effect, while it went with my theme, I feel that it could’ve been executed differently. There is something that feels disjointed about it, but it may just be the fact that the hand is obviously a halloween prop.  I feel this was a successful prototype, I enjoyed working with the pressure sensor. I think I would like to further explore what other things I could do with it, and hopefully build onto this idea in order to integrate an even more interesting wearable and performance relationship.

No Thanks!

No Thanks!

Project Description: 

No thanks is a a sensor reactor that outputs a sound and light when it comes to contact with another person. My action is affection and my output is sound. Throughout this process I had great difficulty on  how I could demonstrate affection using the harsh sound of the buzzer. As a result I looked at the negative aspect of affection which is unwanted affection, as a result a harsh sound of the buzzer would correlate with the negative connotation with unwanted affection. I was mainly inspired by my own experiences of going out to parties and receiving unwanted hugs, arm grabs  from strangers. Therefore I placed a ultrasonic sensor on the shoulder of a shirt to sense when someone is going in for a hug or arm grab. This sensor sends the information to the Arduino as input information and the Arduino outputs a buzzing sound and a led flash to warn the person that I do not want affection. In addition the sound is a consistent buzz at a minimum distance of 10 cm as a result it because incredibly irritating after 30 seconds of hearing it.



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Side Angle                                                Sensor locating hand                           Close up photograph


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Full photograph of shirt                   Side View of Shirt                                          Front View of Shirt

Part List:

-Arduino Board (one)

-Ultrasonic Sensor HC-SR04



-220ohm Resistor

-Bread Board


-9 Volt battery

-Battery jack 

Circuit Diagram: 


Code Github:

Process Images:

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close up of sensor                                               Wiring of the Arduino, also back and the front, also the inside of the shirt

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Images from the front of the sensor, side, and 3/4 view , understanding the shape of the module

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Close up the lighting section of the Arduino, being triggered by movement

I didn’t want to show all of the wiring that came with the Arduino as a result I added  the felt modules to hide them but also add shape to the shirt.


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^^overall documentation and rough analysis of the sensor and shape overall.

Lesson Learned/ Next Steps; 

This was a massive learning experience. Once again in my curriculum of graphic design we don’t interact much with physical design or electric elements, as a result these past weeks have been a overload of information. Overall understanding what I am doing is the most important factor, I could use a code from the computer and copy a tutorial and hand in my project without actually understanding what the factors are. As a result I engaged alot with research and tutorials for learning the code and also understand how this stuff actually works. Iterations after iterations are essential for the success of these pieces, each step I learned something new by failing ( and I failed alot). Its important to recognize my frustrations and find a solution for them or be at peace with them, I have crazy ideas filled with lots of movement and factors but my inability to have so much knowledge on the software or the board limits me to my potential. As a result the next steps will be to keep learning, and keep failing. I’m taking this course as a learning curve for myself in order to patiently get to where I want to be.




Expressive Wearable – Pride Block

Pride Block – Joseph Kim


Pride is something that is viewed in both such positive and negative way. According to a paper written by J.L. Tracy and R. W. Robins, (The Psychological Structure of Pride: A Tale of Two Facets), pride divides up into two types. Hubristic pride and authentic pride. Hubristic pride can be described as “I am proud because I am me” and authentic pride can be described as “I am proud for what I have done”.

Taking a look at child development, it is important for a parent to teach children what pride is to their child. A lot of it is learned through the parent  communicating them being proud of their child. This builds confidence and motivation for the child as well as creating a deeper bond between the parent and the child. But a caution needs to be taken during this process as they may be developing the “hubristic pride”.

The aim for this project was to create a clear and fun way of communication for the parents to help the child build pride in a healthy way. As the children see their parents being proud of them for the actions that they do, they will be able to learn which behaviours are accepted and sought after while building their confidence at the same time.



Actuator and Performance

The main component of this project is the RFID tag and the RFID reader. When the RFID reader which is on the child’s scarf senses the RFID tag which is on the hand of the parent giving a pat on the back of the child, a little song is played.

Component List

MFRC522 RFID Reader

Arduino Uno

2W 8ohm Speaker





NAP-PILLOW – Innyoung Song



For my Expressive Wearable I chose the expression of interest. To translate this into a wearable device, I unpacked the metaphor of how interest works. We often hear the saying that someone’s “eyes lit up with interest”, so I decided to make a semi-literal version of this saying.

To begin I looked at the main way we humans develop interest, in my experience this method is through visual stimuli. Personally, I develop interest through an initial draw to what I find aesthetically pleasing. If we delve into the core of what makes up visual stimuli, we find light. I realized through this, that light itself makes up the basis of human interest. As well, I found that just like light sources, our interest can fade in and out at a moment’s notice. With all this in mind, I set out to create an expression of irony by using the source of our interest to express interest itself.

My concept revolves around a pair of glasses, a key to visual input for many people. By using a button as an actuator, the wearer can express interest at their own whim, truly making it a unique experience to them – just like the way we feel interest as humans in different ways unique to the self. The button turns on a set of LED lights, which fade in and out, showing a brief moment of interest via this ironic visual cue.

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  • 4 LEDs
  • Breadboard
  • wires
  • glasses frame
  • Feather BlueFruit 32u4









Fear Response


The general concept behind Fear Response is to mimic the instinctual behaviour of animals when they are threatened – a kind of stress response that has been lost in humans (like the goosebumps we get). The animal I was most inspired by while working on this project was the cuttlefish. I used light as my actuator linked with an ultrasonic distance sensor to control a strip of lights running down my arm in response to other people’s proximity to me. The closer you get, the faster the lights will move until finally they all flash on and off as a final warning display.





Final Photos







Up here on GitHub.



The first thing I did was quickly mock up what I wanted for my final concept. First I coded the 4 LEDs to correspond to certain distance ranges, and then I coded them to fire consecutively (to create the illusion of movement) with the speed mapped to distance as well.


Pictured here is only a small snippet of a 2 day detour down the wrong road. I stepped up the voltage from the 3.7V lithium ion battery to 12V in order to power LED strips. I wanted to control them digitally with transistors as my switches, but it turned out that the transistors I had on hand required 5V while the Bluefruit could only output 3.7V. Of course, this was only discovered after hours of frustration and debugging.


Without much time left, I immediately scaled down my concept from LED strips to individual super bright LEDs. Coding these LEDs to fire properly was another round of blood-vein-popping stress but eventually I got it to work.


Getting started with soldering my LEDs to their resistors.


The assembly line.


Testing the LEDs before joining them together.


Heat shrink tubing is my friend.


Testing again to make sure my DIY LED strip is in working condition.


Cutting the rectangular patch on the front of the shirt out of fabric scraps.


Sewed on.


Final wearable working (thank god) and ready to be worn.


The hidden pocket by my shoulder blade where I’ve stuffed the battery and Arduino.


I think my experience working on this project has become strangely typical of what it is like trying to incorporate electronics into my projects. Just the week before I struggled with and failed controlling servo motors for another class. Although I learn a lot from my experiences I never seem to be able to be able to fully execute on the vision I have in mind as I start out. This most likely means I am being too ambitious with my projects and I will need to gauge my ability so I can create more complete and wholly executed ideas.


Project Description

-Actuator & Mood : Light + Focus

The concept of the study-hood is to create a feeling of focus through light. Simply put on the hood when you need to get in the study mode to focus and turn on the slide-switch to turn on the light. The feeling of focus comes along with the feeling of calm as well for most of people.

Recent study discovered that blue light helps focus and disrupt sleep. Light with shorter wavelengths, like blue light, is found to cause the body to produce less melatonin  because body is more sensitive to lights as such.

So, once the user puts the “study-hood” on and turn on the switch, the user will be exposed to blue lights attached around the edge of the hood creating the mood to focus for the user. Along with the color of the light, there is a hint of fade on the lights to create a calm breathing effect to provide more calming effect to help focus.


Mental health issues like anxiety or depression can affect student's schoolwork, and can be identified with screenings by the MSU Counseling Center. The Center will be hosting free screening at different locations around campus on Thursday. Lauren Wood/The State News








Process Photos

1~2. testing parallel circuit and code on breadboard

3~5. connecting and testing directly on the Feather

6. connecting slide-switch to create a circuit control for on/off switch

7~10. soldering & assembling wires and lights


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Parts List

-Arduino Feather 32u4 Bluefruit LE

-SPDT Slide Switch, 0.1″ for Breadboard

-5mm Blue LED x 4, Supper 3.2V 20mA 10000mcd

-5mm Blue LED x 4, Defuse 3.2V 20mA 7200mcd

-5mm White LED x 4, 3.1V 20mA 13000mcd

-pin jumper wire F/F, 200mm length

-pin jumper wire M/M, 200mm length

-lithium-ion rechargeable battery, 3.7V 2000mAh



Through Expressive Wearable Project, I learned that lights could be expressed in many different ways to portray a mood or feeling depending how it is used. Further research through the project, I gained knowledge of how color affects psychologically and physically in human body.

Any type of design of wearable with light or sound should consider how it will affect the mood of the person or the surrounding of the user. It is an area I have never explored and known about which is quite interesting as I am starting gain more knowledge through the project.



Stephen Low – Wallet-E



For this assignment, we were tasked with randomly matching up an actuators in the form of light or sound, to also represent a random emotional tone. I was given grief to be combined with a sound actuator. For my concept I wanted to create a device that would help the grieving process be easier. i picked a wallet, which is an accessory that a lot of people keep pictures of their loved ones in, this includes those that have passed away. When the user takes out their picture from this wallet, a melody is played simulating the dead’s favorite song to remember them, or a song that would help them coupe better during the grieving process. The wallet works as the picture is slid out of the container, this enables a switch to complete the circuit as the photo was the separation. The switch is made up of conductive fabric sewn on, creating a very minimal and hidden aesthetic to the wallet. Conductive thread is used to connect the wallet to the speaker. The connection activates a piezo speaker inside of the wallet to play the designated tune. The tune is programmed in Arduino IDE to play specific frequencies and also duration, creating an endless possibilities of tunes and melodies to be explored with. This wallet also comes with an audio jack to output songs and sound to larger speakers to share with friends and family of the loved one.


Parts List

Part#: FEATH-002829, CREATRON Adafruit Feather
Part#: PLUPH-000315, CREATRON 3.5mm Stero Male w/ plastic relief
Part#: WIRES-920011, CREATRON Wires
Part#: SPKBZ-221005, CREATRON  3V DC Buzzer

Circuit Diagram


Link to code on GitHub

Process Photos


Conductive fabric acting as the switch.


Internal connection of the wires used to connect wallet to breadboard.


Testing the 3.5mm jack.


Breadboard with 3.5mm jack instead of piezo speaker.


Final model with breadboard.

Next Step

I would consider not limiting myself to just a wallet, but explore jewelry which are often handed down from the ones that passed away. I really wanted to include custom music and songs to be played but lacked the specific parts necessarily to proceed. That would be the ideal situation where the device can hold multiple songs and create a playlist from the dead. I also encountered a different way of creating tones in the Arduino program, different from the standard (pin, frequency, duration) that used notes to produce specific sounds, this would have another exploratory direction. Overall i feel i was successful in connecting the randomly picked actuator with the emotional tone.



Concentration Alarm

The concentration alarm will notice the user when they are not staying focused on the task at hand. For this the project the alarm is a light blinking every 80 milliesecond and the task the user needs to focus on is writing. The user will not be annoyed with the alarm as long as the pen is in their hand in a writing position. As soon as the user looses concentration they are reminded to either take off their glasses, where the alarm light is located, and take a break, or get back to writing. The user is outfitted with a compression writing glove alongside the glasses. The glove is outfitted with a bridge switch and helps against cramps. The pen works as the bridge.

The alarm is subtle enough to not annoy the user to the point of breaking the glasses, but also loud enough that it can’t be ignored. Using a glove as the platform for the bridge switch is not optimal since it isn’t normal to wear gloves while writing unless you have arthritis. The switch also demands quite allot of precision to deactivate the alarm, which isn’t optimal in this context. If the user doesn’t use glasses the alarm might be fitted on a headband to get it within sight of the user.


To better the design I would have integrated the wires better into the accessories their attached to. Ideally the alarm and the switch would have been wireless. I would also find a solution to make some sort of switch without using the glove. Maybe look into some sort of conductive cream that the user could apply on their hands to better blood circulation as well as give the needed connection for a switch.


Parts used:

Arduino Feather 32u4 – Creatron Inc.
Jumper wire – Creatron Inc.
Resistor 330 ohm – Creatron Inc.
Resistor 10k ohm – Creatron Inc.
LED red – Creatron Inc.
Conductive fabric – Creatron Inc.
Conductive thread – Creatron Inc.
Solid wire – Creatron Inc.
Glove – Dollorama
Glasses – Dollorama
Pen – (unknown)

Process pictures:


Testing the circuit out with a push button and light mounted on the breadboard.

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Rough concept sketches.

Sinead Wickham: Circada Expressive Wearable


Emotion: Guilt
Actuator: Sound (DC Buzzer)


Protest takes many forms. At times, it is used by the public to call guilt on people or systems who are believed to have done wrong or caused harm. This collective condemnation creates a powerful, physical swarm, not unlike a gathering of insects (in a good way!). This project is inspired by the auditory effect of a swarm of cicadas. A single cicada is barely heard, but the collective buzz of a group is impossible to ignore. Circada draws parallels between these insects and us as humans, emphasizing the overwhelming power that there is in numbers.

The piece is worn around the user’s neck. The main components are the two fabric planes that are draped on the user’s shoulders when the device is in stand-by mode. In stand-by, it emits a low, intermittent buzz. To activate “protest” mode, the user folds each fabric plane up into a hood, and snaps the two together. This snap unites the two pieces, and acts as the button to activate the next melody, which is slightly ominous and at a faster tempo. The buzzer is located at the end of one plane, so that it sits atop the user’s head when activated.

This project would be open source, and could be used by community groups as a workshop/fundraiser. As protesters gather, with Circada in stand-by, a quiet murmur of the initial buzz begins to grow. Once the group has assembled, protesters will raise their ‘wings’, activating the second medoly. This collective action wil create waves of sound that call guilt on the subject of protest. As the target of these protests hears their call, they must grapple with this public condemnation.pages-from-wickham_expressivewearable_circada_mainphot-compressed

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active front: circada-inuse-front

active side: circada-profile-use

stand-by back: circada-standby-downback

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circuit visual: circadadiagram


Parts list:

  • Feather 32u4 Bluefruit LE (FEATH-002829)
  • Half Size Breadboard – White (PCBBB-000005)
  • 40 Pin Breakable Pin Header (CONPH-100400)
  • DC Buzzer (SPKBZ-221005)
  •  conductive thread (LILYP-010867)
  • clothing thread
  • sew-on snaps: nickel-plated brass (DRITZ 6731T)
  • fabric (2.5’ x 2.5’) – cannot create static
  • fabric rope/ribbon (2-3’)
  • 22AWG Solid Wire – Black, Red, Yellow, White (WIRES-920011)
  • Lithium Ion Battery – 500mAH (UBATT-007050)
  • 330 Ohm 1/4W Resistor (RESIS-523325)

Process notes:

Initial prototypes were created by cutting existing hoods off of old sweatshirts. This gave a sense of a template with which I could work. I altered these hoods for some time before moving onto creating my own out of fabric. Moving forward, the hood shape needs to be further refined and adjusted.

The fabric chosen had to be doubled up in order to create adequate stiffness for the circuit. In the future, a thick felt may have served my purposes better.

Rather than sewing in conductive thread, I found that the doubled fabric allowed me to thread regular solid wire through the hood with no perceptible impact on aesthetics.

I struggled for some time deciding on what sort of closure to use for the button. After debating a magnetic clasp (and ultimately deciding it was too risky around the Feather), I settled on a conductive sewable snap button. These lent themselves easily to being attached to both circuitry and textiles.

There was debate as to whether I should include 2 buzzers – one on each flap/fold. Some deliberation led to the conclusion that these would be placed too close to the user’s ear, and defeated the messaging of ‘power in numbers’.

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placing the circuit on a prototype hood (dark grey fabric on left hand side):



Lessons learned/Next steps:

Ideally, this project could be accessible to grassroots activist organizations. As an open-source collaboration, it could be iterated by the community at large. If properly organized, groups could run Circada-building workshops in which participants learn about wearable tech, and raise money to create Circadas for their cause. The form must be suitable to beginner skill sets and a variety of materials.

A major challenge was in finding an optimal place for the micro controller and battery.

Moving forward, I would continue to redesign the form so that it fit well and is more durable. Ideally, it would be waterproof to account for all weather conditions. In the far future, I envision sending assembly kits to grassroots groups in order to support their cause, and offer an education medium.

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