N Calzavara – Wearing Light

Haedron – Spinal Lighting

Haedron is a spinal wearable that displays light on the body for illumination and visibility purposes in spaces where you need to be noticed or want to make a statement.

Haedron works by a Arduino powered Neopixel 30LED 1m Addressible strip, that is capable of displaying a wide variety of different colors and patterns, for just about any mood.

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Different views of Haedron on.  This mode is circulating through a rainbow sequence.

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Some other lighting samples

Haedron runs customly written code, circulating through an Arduino Uno, and powered by a 3.7 Volt 400 MAH battery.  The Arduino sources code to the LED strip, while the battery powers it across a custom fit breadboard.

There is a strong motivation to continue developing with these electrical parts, and the physical parts like Crosslink foam and Coroplast benefitted me, however more robust materials would do even more justice to the project.

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The control box.  You can only open it if Haedron is not being worn, and is securely closed by a top carapace of foam blocking off the electronics.  Not waterproof.

Circuit Diagram Below:

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Part List:

Arduino Uno Rev3

Lithium Ion Battery – 400MAH

30 RGB Ws2812 Addressable Strip – 1M

Coroplast

Crosslink Foam

Custom Breadboard

CODE BASE : http://www.tweaking4all.com/hardware/arduino/adruino-led-strip-effects/

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

Nicole Calzavara’s Beautiful Circuit

Alchemy

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The project consists of a glove, and a crystal skull.  The glove contains circuits and conductive aluminium pads on the palm, and the skull has a cork top, with a 10MM LED in the top, powered by more conductive aluminium pads.

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Above, Right to Left: The parts to the piece.  A glove with conductive circuitry, a glass skull, and a cork with a 10MM LED and Conductive plates.

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Above: An interaction of placing a hand on top of the skull to complete the circuit.  A person would put on the glove, wrap the strap around the hand which would complete half the circuit and battery pack, and grab the skull on the conductive aluminium plate to illuminate the skull.

The project’s main goal is to provide light in a alternative and dramatic way.  The interaction is by grabbing the top of the skull, on its bottle neck, conductive plates in the cap power a hidden LED, illuminating the clear skull.

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The power is requiring a connection between conductive plates, illustrated above.

Part List:

10MM LED – Yellow (LEDGR-100040)

CONDUCTIVE THREAD – 30Ft. (LILYP-010867)

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

CR2016-COIN CELL BATTERY (BATTG-201600)

Crystal Head Vodka – 750mL Bottle

Conductive 20 Gauge Aluminium Plates