Social Switches Nicole Calzavara

Don’t Get Caught!

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    This Social Switches project was less of a exploration of form from Beautiful Circuit, but a development on the idea.  I believe that the Beautiful Circuit idea could have been developed in a more proper atmosphere with Social Switches.  Wearing Light will be drastically different.

“Don’t Get Caught” or DGC was a game and a story, as a social low tech wearable.  I envisioned this project being multiple things.

  1. A Game. DGC’s main function was to offer a playful way of being disruptive in the classroom.  Users would throw the ball around the room behind the teacher’s back, and attempt to not get caught, leaving the Buzzer’s reaction up to chance.
  2. Chance.  The circuit was deliberately, again, designed to only be partially functional.  This meant that not all occurrences of someone catching the ball would activate the buzzer, and only a catch on the certain part of the hand would activate it.
  3.  Behavioural Modification. Due to the nature of the conductive pads of the glove, fidgeting with the ball would activate the buzzer, resulting in getting in trouble.  This promotes people to pay attention or “Get Caught”.
  4. DIY.  The gloves were purposely designed around a template of quick manufacturing, and play.  The idea is that you can create more and more gloves with ease, while the complicated thing is the ball. This allows the game to be easily picked up by people, or more group members easily made.

The gloves have 3 Conductive Pads, 2 Power and 1 Ground.  A person would throw the ball to another, and there is a chance that the ball would go off/ the buzzer would activate in their hands.

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circuit-diagram

Circuit Diagram:

From Left to Right> The battery carries power to two conductive plates.  Power is then conducted by the sphere in the middle, with a corresponding Power/Ground side, concealing a Buzzer.  The sphere is thrown to the other person, and they set off the buzzer.

Two conductive spots on the gloves are used to promote a better chance of the buzzer being set off.

Part List:

Brown Twill Fabric

CONDUCTIVE THREAD – 30Ft. (LILYP-010867)

CONDUCTIVE FABRIC – 14×12”

2kHz DC BUZZER

20MM SWEABLE COIN CELL BATTERY HOLDER (LILYB-008822)

CR2016-COIN CELL BATTERY (BATTG-201600)

Conductive 20 Gauge Aluminium Bent Sphere

Cardboard – Misc. Manufacturer