Kyle Shoesmith – 3177832
For my swatch, I decided to expand upon the analog sensor that I created and create a hat that activated based off of pressure. Originally, I wanted to create a propeller hat that activated through a sensor. However, I ended up not being able to get a hold of the materials that I would have needed to not only make it, but to also create it compactly (Adafruit, Conductive Thread, Conductive Fabric, DC Motor). I then decided to account for that by using a hat that was much larger in size so I could store all of the larger components within them: a Santa hat! This hat is able to light up like a Christmas tree whenever you press the sensor on the forehead.
I first attempted to recreate the sensor from before, albeit more compact in order to fit in the hat better.
I then attached the LED bulbs I had to the top of the hat and used copper wire and M/F wires to connect them all. NOTE: Apparently, my copper wire from before wasn’t working because it had a plastic coating on it that I never noticed, so I used sandpaper to shave off the layers on the edges.
I then went and sewed the Arduino Uno into the hat and accounted the length of the hat by adding wire extenders.
Afterwards, I sewed the patch onto the front of the hat and connected the wires and resistors with alligator clips and copper wire.
What’s nice about the hat is that due to its surface, you aren’t able to see the thread appear on the front, so it looks like a completely normal hat at face value.
Afterwards I quickly wrote the code up and Voila! I’m generally happy with the design of the hat and the fact that I was able to make it with the limited supplies at my disposal. I can’t wait to get a hold of better supplies in the future so that I can explore more in the future.
- Arduino Uno
- M/M and M/F wires
- Copper wire
- Santa Hat
- LED Bulbs
- Jumper Wire