4.3 Swatch – Festive Sensor

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Kyle Shoesmith – 3177832

Independent

Analog Sensor

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.

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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.

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I then went and sewed the Arduino Uno into the hat and accounted the length of the hat by adding wire extenders.

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Afterwards, I sewed the patch onto the front of the hat and connected the wires and resistors with alligator clips and copper wire.

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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.

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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.

Materials used:

  • Arduino Uno
  • M/M and M/F wires
  • Copper wire
  • Santa Hat
  • LED Bulbs
  • Velostat
  • Felt
  • Thread
  • Jumper Wire
  • Resistors
  • fritzing

https://ocadu.techsmithrelay.com/DBFn?collection=g009600GJdwGIfjuZRwSDcClyJRZv

https://pastebin.com/pLNLtGQx

 

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