Expressive Wearables

“The Presence of Stress”

Concept

The initial concept of this piece is to let other people know whether I’m free to talk or I’m busy with my headphone on. The headphone has a great feature, it can switch between ambient sound mode which allows the user to hear the surrounding sound within a preferred distance and quiet mode for the noise-cancelling purpose. It is very helpful for me since I have many lectures to watch and the quietness allows me to focus when doing homework. The mode-switching function is convenient,  I don’t need to take off my headphone to hear other people’s taking. Yet it sometimes becomes inconvenient when other people talk to me, they don’t know whether I can hear them or not. So I want to design something that can show my availability for conversation.

As I worked on the design, I found out that it is closely associated with my pressure. When I’m relaxed, I seek people to meet my social need. When I have some negative emotional swings, I can maintain a normal conversation, but I preferred to listen to music. When I’m under excessive stress, I want to isolate myself from the outside world to calm myself down.

Instead of an indicator for my headphone mode, it is more of an indicator of my stress and willingness to socialize in practice.

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Objective

The objective is to display the modes straight forward, so I picked three primary colours: blue, yellow, and red.

Blue means I’m in a relaxed mode with the ambient sound function on, people can talk to me about anything and expect me to respond. Yellow means I still have works to do; it’s okay to talk to me but I may give short responses and go back to my ongoing task. Red means I’m under stress and busy with my work, I wish to stay alone before I can deal with this stress properly.

Another important objective is easy to switch. Therefore, I chose a headband as the base material and switching between three modes by a simple shift of the headphone.

Process

 

I first started with programming. After I drew the basic circuit layout on the fabric, I started with sewing.

(initial testing with alligator wire before sewing the circuit)

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(It’s really hard to find the thread on patterned fabric, so I outlined the flow of the circuit beside the threads. The unconnected part of A6 and A4 are left for the conductive fabric on the headphone to complete)

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(this is my original idea of the headphone, yet later I found it is too short to connect the pin and the ground)

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(A reworked version. The folds of the headscarf make the circuit hard to connect, so I decided to use a longer piece of conductive fabric that can cover each place.)

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Final Result

(expecting conversation, finished homework and have nothing to do)

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(thinking about ongoing tasks, a little anxious)yellow1 yellow2

(stressed out, watching anatomy lectures and editing my history essay)red1 red2

Material List

  • USB cable
  • needle
  • normal thread
  • conductive thread
  • scissors
  • headphones
  • conductive fabric
  • CPX

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Circuit Diagram

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Reflections & Next Steps

This is an interesting and fun experience, the hardest part would be threading the needle. I tried to incorporate the sound feature yet found it quite disturbing and didn’t know how to set it to play the sound once when switching mode instead of looping.

This assignment made me interested in CPX and electronic wearables. I learned how much potential it has through my own experience. I wish to continue to explore the features of CPX in my future projects and exploration journals.

References

Prior, O. (2021). Digital Switches & Buttons Overview. Retrieved from https://canvascloud.ocadu.ca/courses/1271/pages/digital-switches-and-buttons-overview-20-minutes?module_item_id=113950

Prior, O. (2021). Sound, Movement, Light, and Vibration. Retrieved from https://canvascloud.ocadu.ca/courses/1271/pages/sound-movement-light-and-vibration-1-hour?module_item_id=116654

Expressive Wearable – K.Y.A.A.H – Brandon S

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Initially, when I was thinking about the concept of an expressive wearable, it was very late at night, and I was exhausted. That’s when it struck me, what if I had a wearable that was able to help someone stay awake while they worked late. I was not sure if fatigue was an emotion however after one Google search the bots at Google reassured me that it is! Introducing, the one, the only, Keep Your Ass Awake Hat or! Wait! Let me explain before you judge me. It is a hat that you can wear while you study/work that will sound off an alarm if it detects your head drop lower than a 45-degree angle. Think of it as a friend who is constantly trying to keep your ass awake so you can ace your exam. I am aware that some students might not be sitting up straight when they study they could be lying down or slouching however, with a simple change in the make-code the product can be used in whatever position you find comfortable. 

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My objective from this point on was to create an expressive wearable that looks like a regular article of clothing but also helps you stay awake. I took inspiration from different products that serve a dual purpose like ear muffs that are headphones, hoodies double as safety vests or even Snapchat’s sunglasses that double as a camera (weird).

 

Process

 

This is the concept that I started with. Simply, if you’re awake the CPX will do nothing but once your head drops the alarm will go off. To start things off, I started with this very simple concept drawing detailing the two stages the product will have and the circuit diagram to make it work.

20210215_211457I then built the program in make code. The program works by actively sensing where the CPX face is facing. When the CPX is faced downwards the LEDs on the CPX face will turn red and it will turn on a buzzer. If it is in any other state the CPX will be displaying a neutral white.

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Parts List

  • Medical tape
  • Conductive Thread
  • 220Ω resistor
  • CPX micro-controller
  • Micro USB cable
  • Old Beanie
  • Conductive Fabric
  • Mini Dc Buzzer

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I started creating the actual circuit by combining the CPX, DC buzzer and resistor using conductive fabric, conductive thread, and medical tape. 

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Reflection + Next steps

Looking back at the whole process of making this product there are a few things that I would change. Firstly, when I was wearing the hat I could feel the CPX unit and buzzer as it was quite tight. I would fix this by spreading the different parts of the circuit more evenly. Secondly, I would want to try to add more buzzers however, the more buzzers I put the more faulty the connection was. Also, it would have been advantageous to have some sort of vibration motor so that there would be a physical simulation, as well as an audible one. I feel that after the entire process I have learned a lot. I spent 4 hours experimenting and troubleshooting different variations of code, and then I spent another 2 learning how to sew. As this is my first time making a wearable product it took me longer than expected but in the end, I feel I am in a good position to explore further and create different products similar to this one. Ex. A nightcap/eye mask that doubles as an alarm clock, a baby hat that plays music when the infant cries, a workout sweatband that vibrates and dings to let you know when you’re rest is over.

Resources + Related work

 

Pendrill , Katherine. “Player-Connected Rugby Jerseys.” TrendHunter.com, TREND HUNTER Inc., 2 July 2015, www.trendhunter.com/trends/rugby-jerseys. 

Hemsworth, Michael. “Gesture-Control Denim Jackets.” TrendHunter.com, TREND HUNTER Inc., 23 May 2016, www.trendhunter.com/trends/connected-jacket. 

McQuarrie, Laura. “Text Messaging Hoodies.” TrendHunter.com, TREND HUNTER Inc., 9 Oct. 2014, www.trendhunter.com/trends/smart-hoodie. 

 

Assignment2: Expressive Wearable

Concept: “Warm company” is a scarf that can shine at night. It usually looks like the same as ordinary scarves, but once people wrap their mouths with it, it will emit yellow light when they feel the heat exhaled by people.

Objective: My wearable is inspired by the feeling of “loneliness”. When I walk alone on a snowy night in Toronto and see couples or a group of friends walking together on the street, sometimes I feel very lonely. I think there are many people like me who choose to walk home quietly after work or after a party. Although I don’t always have the idea of “I’m lonely by myself”, once I do, I often feel depressed all night. So my wearable is to bring a little comfort to everyone who has to walk alone at this time. Whenever they look down, they can see their scarves glowing yellow. Hope that on every cold night, even if there is no one beside them, these warm lights can always accompany them.

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process:

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On the second try, the circuit was improved and safe.%e8%a1%a8%e6%83%852

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final project image:

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Parts List:

  • scarf
  • needles
  • pen
  • switch
  • conductive lines
  • scissor
  • LEDs
  • cardboard

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Circuit Diagram:

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Reflections & Next Steps:

This assignment is like a demo of my designed wearable. It seems that my design is feasible. I only connected five light bulbs on one side of the scarf in this assignment, but I may connect more light bulbs in the future which are enough to circle around the bottom of the scarf. In addition, a heat sensor needs to be installed on the top of the scarf, that is, the side close to the neck, to meet my original design idea of turning on the light bulb by sensing the heat emitted by people’s breathing.

 

Reference:

Prior, O. & Yoyo (2021). Digital Switches & Buttons Overview [Online Lecture]. Retrieved from https://canvascloud.ocadu.ca/courses/1271/pages/digital-switches-and-buttons-overview-20-minutes?module_item_id=113950

Expressive Wearable

Concept:  The concept for this project is to create a real life “Energy Bar” that shows how much energy you have left.  The emotion that this is displaying is exhaustion.  The way that the device works is throughout the day, it will show 3 different levels of energy; high, medium, and low.  Each of the different levels is displayed through the use of different coloured LEDs.  Green for high, orange for medium, and red for low.  The energy level can be checked by pressing a button, and can be reset by holding the button for at least 3 seconds.

 

Objective:  The reason that I’m trying to create this concept is that in the past I have had trouble with getting to bed at a reasonable time, convincing myself that just one more hour won’t hurt and I can just go to bed earlier the next day.  The way that the device works is that it splits the waking day into 3 parts; high energy, medium energy and low energy.  The high energy portion of the day takes place between the time you wake up and for the next 6 hours.  Then the medium energy portion takes place during the next 8 hours.  Finally, the low energy portion takes place in the last 2 waking hours.  This device can be used to express your exhaustion by showing that you’ve been up for at least 14 hours already when the red light is shown.  It can also be used personally to make sure that you’re starting to wind down and not starting any new projects when the red light is shown, or to try and make sure you’re done exercising by the time that the orange light appears.

Final Project Images:

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Process images:

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Parts List: 

    • Etched circuit board
    • 15k resistor
    • 3 LEDs
      • Orange
      • Red
      • Green
    • 360mAh Li-Po battery
    • Button
    • 3D printed case
    • Solder
    • Scrap copper
    • ATTiny412-SSNR

 

  • (All parts below used to program the ATTiny412)

 

    • Arduino Uno
    • Jumper wires
    • 10 microfarad electrolytic capacitor
    • 4.7k resistor
    • Etched circuit board

 

Circuit Diagram: 

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Reflections & Next Steps: This project was a really fun experiment and was my first time working with an ATTiny412.  Some things that I think I would improve upon for next time is better optimizing the space used on the circuit board, and maybe use SMD parts so that I could reduce the size of the project, as the original idea was to have the entire device able to clip onto a watch band rather than a waist band.  Another thing that could definitely be improved upon is the method through which I program the ATTiny. I think that using some kind of press in order to make the connections to the terminals would be a much better solution than trying to manually solder and desolder each of the tiny pads on the ATTiny, which took the better part of an hour to solder and another 30m to desolder.  Another thing that I would change is to add functionality to the project to be able to recharge the Li-Po battery on site rather than having to disconnect it in order to recharge.  The only reason it wasn’t included in this project is because I didn’t have the required components on hand to safely recharge the batteries without using a pre-existing charger.  Overall, I’m happy with how the final project turned out and I can’t wait to continue onto the next one.

 

Resources:

ATtiny412 Datasheet (2020).  Microchip.com https://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/DeviceDoc/ATtiny212-214-412-414-416-DataSheet-DS40002287A.pdf

Programming the ATTiny with the Arduino IDE (2020). Electronics Lab https://www.electronics-lab.com/project/getting-started-with-the-new-attiny-chips-programming-the-microchips-0-series-and-1-series-attiny-with-the-arduino-ide/

 

Assignment 2: Expressive Wearable – Imra Ali (3187224)

Concept

The “Do Not Disturb Armband” helps you to stay productive without being disturbed by external sources. The wearable is wrapped around your bicep and is controlled by a snap button. When the person is free, the embedded lights animate into a rainbow. When the person is busy, the embedded lights animate into red flashes. The busy mode is activated by attaching the snap button. The free mode is activated when the snap button is detached. When wearing this device, the approaching person can easily tell whether they are free or busy. Based on what light is on, the person will instantly know what actions to take. The wearables should be worn in the direction of oncoming traffic.

Objective

COVID has changed everyone’s life. Following government protocols mean staying at home as much as possible. People are not used to being around their housemates 24/7. It is hard to focus when there are so many people around you. The simple question of “Are you busy?” easily distracts a person. A person may feel guilty by saying no or begin to wonder what is wrong. This led me to the conclusion of building the “Do Not Disturb Armband”. I believe the bicep area is the perfect place to wear this device. The flashing light is right below the person’s head so the approaching person cannot miss it. I believe the colors I chose perfectly match the different modes. There is a universal understanding that rainbows deliver a welcoming feeling while red flashes deliver a stay away feeling. At the end of the day, when a person stays focus they can finish their task quickly while simultaneously not procrastinating from distractions.

Process

Before beginning to build my wearable, I sketched out the prototype.

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Once I was confident with my prototyping sketch, I collected materials.

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After, I begin coding the different modes. In my coding process, I preferred creating functions because I could easily organize and change the variables. There were many rounds of iterations and testing before ending up on this code.

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When sewing the CPX and snap button I was extremely careful the conductive thread did not touch each other. Continuously checked with conductive fabric that the circuit was working.

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Final Product

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Reflections & Next Steps

Overall, I am extremely proud of what I created. The continuous trial and error allowed me to push through, learn, and innovate. The experimental process on the Make Code platform allowed me to understand the software side of e-textile.

Originally, I wanted to add a siren sound if someone talked while the individual was busy. I decided not to implement this idea because it would distract the individual wearing the armband. 

My next step for this project would be to play around with the lighting. I would add a screen that can be customized by writing the specific task being done. Also, I would love to play around with the placement of the wearable. I could make it a clip so it is accessible and can be used anywhere on the body. 

Resources

Cummins, E. (2020, July 15). Shirking from home. Retrieved from https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/21317485/work-from-home-coronavirus-covid-19-zoom-distraction-animal-crossing

Powers, J. (2020, August 07). Dealing with distraction during the covid-19 pandemic. Retrieved from https://www.creativecircle.com/blog/dealing-with-distraction-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Related Works

Apple Inc. (2021, January 05). Use do not disturb on your iphone, ipad, and ipod touch. Retrieved from https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT204321

The Samsung Group. (n.d.). Use silent modes on your Samsung smart watch. Retrieved from https://www.samsung.com/us/support/answer/ANS00080310/

Transfusion Media. (2020, November 22). StayFocusd. Retrieved from https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stayfocusd/laankejkbhbdhmipfmgcngdelahlfoji?hl=en

Expressive Wearable – Zoë Roiati-Antonucci “Touched”

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Concept & Objective 

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I decided to created a wearable that represents the feeling of love and/or gratitude. I made a little heart shaped necklace that sits above your heart. To activate it, you must wear a finger piece and place your hand over your heart. It lights up when you show that you feel moved or “touched”.

Process

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First I put together the circuit.

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The conductive fabric connects to pin A3 and GND.e7f302c2-949d-4a9d-8f42-a436aa1b2e29

I then traced out a case made out of cotton in the shape of a heart.

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I then sandwiched the two heart shape pieces onto the circuit and sewed them together.

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Finally traced out the spots where I needed to cut the cotton out so that the conductive fabric could be visible.

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The finger piece is made out of of the same cotton and conductive thread.

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Parts List

  • Felt
  • Cotton
  • Conductive thread
  • Thread
  • Circuit Playground Express
  • Conductive Fabric

Reflection 

The main thing I would like to continue working on for this project is hooking it up to a portable battery as opposed to having it plugged into my computer, as well as making it a bit more portable itself and not as bulky.

Also, next time I make a ring, I should instead use an elastic fabric that hugs the finger because the cotton just slips off.

Inspiration

My greatest inspiration for this piece came from “Iron Man,” the first movie of it’s series. Where Tony Stark’s partner Pepper, places his spare life saving device is a case surrounded by the words “Proof That Tony Stark Has A Heart.”

References

Favreua, J. (Director.) (2008). Iron Man [Film]. Paramount Pictures.

 

Assignment 2 – Valeria Suing (The Hangover Shirt)

The Hangover Shirt

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Concept & Objective 

Hangovers are rough, and if you have ever experienced one, you know the feeling of waking up full of regrets, with a major headache and an increased sensibility to loud noises.

To help you get through it, I present to you The Hangover Shirt. You can activate it by pressing a button and lights will get activated from loud noises. So instead of yelling everyone to be quiet, let your passive-aggressive shirt tell them!

Process

I started with a prototype of how the shirt will look like.

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To test the circuit before sewing I used the alligator clips and from trial and error, I found a sound level that would react to only loud noises.

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Since the wearable is meant to communicate with others, I decided to add another light to make it more noticeable.

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For the code, I decided to use digital values of HIGH and LOW for the LEDs. This allowed the lights to be brighter and shut down completely when the environment is quiet.

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Here’s a video of how I tested the lights using a YouTube video of Steve Carrell yelling: testing-lights-video

The Sewing Process:

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I decided to glue the paper over the lights to diffuse them a little bit.

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With the help of a plotter, I got the lettering in vinyl.

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Parts List

  • 2 LED Lights
  • Conductive Thread
  • 2 10k resistors
  • CPX micro-controller
  • Micro USB cable
  • T-shirt
  • Paper cut into a circle (I used an Aeropress filter)
  • Glue gun
  • Vinyl for lettering

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Circuit Diagram

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Final Product

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Reflection & Next Steps

Overall I had a lot of fun doing this project. My sewing skills definitely need to improve, this is where I had the most trouble. But hopefully, I’ll keep practicing and getting better.

I was debating whether to use lettering for my shirt or not. I was worried that the use of a phrase will weaken the communicative powers of the lights. In the end, I decided to use it since the lights and the lettering complement each other and it allows the t-shirt to speak on its own with no verbal explanation.

If I could revisit this project again I would maybe a switch rather than a button since it was a little uncomfortable to keep the button pressed for the lights to work. I would also sew the lights in a more creative way maybe adding more LEDs to form a circle. I think I would also add a protective layer for the conductive thread, I had to wear a shirt underneath so there won’t be any contact with the skin.

Of course loud sensitivity is not only for hangovers, this t-shirt can also apply for migraines or just for keeping a quiet environment to allow rest or even meditation.

Resources & Related Works

Resources for the prototype image:

Blank t-shirt template front and back. (2016, November 21). VectorStock. https://www.vectorstock.com/royalty-free-vector/blank-t-shirt-template-front-and-back-vector-11384899

Related Works:

VersaMe has a wearable for kids who are starting to speak and it acts as a word counter. This is related to my work since it interacts with sound as an input from the environment.

VersaMe. (2016, October 18). VersaMe Launches the Starling, the World’s First Word Counter for Babies. PS Newswire. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/versame-launches-the-starling-the-worlds-first-word-counter-for-babies-300346233.html

Another wearable that I found that uses sound as input is this tuner for your wear watch. It allows musicians to tune their instruments and is easy to carry around.

Summerson, C. (2015, January 28). atHandTuner Is A Wearable Instrument Tuner For Your Wear Watch, And It Works Really Well. Android Police. https://www.androidpolice.com/2015/01/28/athandtuner-wearable-instrument-tuner-wear-watch-works-really-well/

A2: Expressive Wearable – Ivy Sun (3183268)

Concept

Mine is called “WatchGhost”, which could refer to a watchdog, and it seems kind of Halloween vibe. Basically, it is a wearable ghost that uses an external switch to create different vibes/light colours, expressing different moods. It is a digital badge embedded in a sweater. When I wear it normally, it is in its default state. The ghost’s eyes and mouth are light green, indicating that I am chill and nothing happened. But if I feel irritable or someone is too close to me, I will enable the external switch, which is embedded in the bottom left inside of the sweater, so that the lil ghost flashes a warning red light for 5 seconds. The red little ghost can be seen as an expression of my attitude and a visualization of my “negative” emotions, also a way of communicating with the outside/others. As long as the demon red light is not triggered, the ghost is always a friendly green ghost. Besides, the little ghost could also be regarded as my electronic wearable pet, and I can bring it anywhere. From another perspective, the colour-mood is watchghost’s own expression; it becomes angry only when I oppress it or pinch it.


Objective

In fact, this project can be said to be a self-protection system for a lonely person during the pandemic, and it is also a process of pleasure. What I want to convey is the concept of visual emotion expression and portable pets. When the wearer is alone, I hope the user can entertain herself, knowing that she is not alone. Moreover, when the wearer is outdoors, red light sources can be used to express rejection. This will be a relief or comfort to a sensitive and isolated person like me.


Process

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At first, I had other two ideas about wearable badges, one is to express a crush on someone and the other is to smile. But later I decided to build a more personalized one, that is more related to my current state.

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After ideation, I modified the code we learn from previous lectures and started by setting up the initial connection with alligator clips and then adding conductive fabric pieces, which went smoothly! Then, I sketched some circuit diagrams and the embedded position/order of each component.

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Also, I tried to use different materials to diffuse light and finally decided to use a dry wipe, which is nonwoven fabrics.

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Prototyping… Sewing…

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Final Project Images

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Parts List

  • Circuit Playground Express
  • USB (A) to Micro (B) Cable
  • Conductive Thread
  • Nonwoven Fabric
  • Normal Thread
  • Plastic
  • Felt
  • Sweater
  • Other Materials (Alligator clips, Tape, Sewing needles, Scissors, Glue, Tissue, Dry wipe)

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Circuit Diagram

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Reflections & Next Steps

The ideation part is essential. If the ideas could be expanded with multiple solutions, the best one would be correspondingly found and the rest practice process will be much smoother. However, it is not enough just thinking, we will still encounter many troubles in actual production, such as the inability to accurately determine the position when sewing components. Therefore, it needs to be marked in advance every single time, which could save a lot of time. I so regret not doing that this time, because I felt I could skip that step. Although the recording process seems a little cumbersome, it is worth it. I am sure that I will make the process video into a vlog as a souvenir. Furthermore, as a raw/immature artist, sometimes I am just not that confident to express some personal stuff and deep topic, yet a project letting us explore ourselves gives me the outset. The entire process is definitely enjoyable, and I believe such kind of exploration will be continuous. Regarding the expectation of the course, I hope to keep exploring various interesting things, integrating sounds, lights, electronics into creative wearable forms. Last but not least, some keywords mentioned in lectures need to be further explored as well, and there are some related fields such as responsive environment, tangible media, etc., which can be considered as the direction of my future studies.


Resources & Related Works

Iaconesi, S. (2010). Wearing Emotions: Physical Representation and Visualization of Human Emotions Using Wearable Technologies. 2010 14th International Conference Information Visualisation, 1-7. doi:10.1109/iv.2010.38

Signoretta, E. (2020, August 21). Wearable Electronic Badge. Retrieved February 12, 2021, from https://www.open-electronics.org/wearable-electronic-badge/

Vega Edge. (2019, March 01). Retrieved February 12, 2021, from http://socialbodylab.com/vega-edge/

Expressive Wearable: Joyce Yu

Concept:

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The concept I have come up with is the expression of anxiety and feeling overwhelmed caused by loud surrounding noise through an interchangeable circuit, which in this case is a scarf. When I was in high school a few years ago, I encountered many people who had a hard time dealing with stress from loud noises of the environment their in. I also found that they had a hard time expressing this issue and letting people be aware of this problem which is why I wanted to create a wearable that would alert others about the noise volume.

Objective:

My objective and goal of this assignment was to program the circuit to graph sound when the switch is on. When I first tested it out and experimented with different codes, I found it very interesting how the number of LED lights on the CPX correlated to the sounds of its surroundings. So, I thought that this is a great way to bring light on the impact noise has on someone’s mood in a way that is convenient for the wearer. I have also incorporated pieces of Velcro which makes it simple to take on and off- an important element when looking at the practical factors of wearable technology. I also put a lot of thought into creating something that is interchangeable because certain items of clothing may not be able to be worn annually.

Materials:

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  • CPX
  • Conductive Thread
  • conductive Fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Felt
  • Mini-USB
  • Velcro
  • Scarf

Process:

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After coding the circuit to turn on to react to surrounding noise, I transferred the file onto the CPX USB file and tested it out with alligator clips. Then, I threaded conducting thread into a needle and wrapped it around the A3 pin (Power) and sewed it into the felt fabric following the circuit diagram.

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Additionally, I cut two small rectangles and two narrow strips of conducting fabric and sewed that onto the top of the CPX with one strip vertically. Then, I followed the same process but with the Ground pin but sewed the last narrow strip vertically so that the two pieces slip into each other and stay put without having to physically keep the circuit closed. After, I took normal thread and sewed it along the other pins to secure the CPX onto the felt. Then, I cut the top portion of the whole circuit, folded it, and sewed it along the bottom where the mini-USB would go through with normal thread.

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Finally, I cut the remaining pieces of felt around the circuit once more and placed Velcro around it. The opposite pieces of the Velcro were then pressed onto the circuit and put on the scarf.

Circuit Diagrams:

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Final Photo:

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*Scarf with circuit off

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*Scar with circuit on and with loud music playing

Reflection and next step:

Overall, this assignment was very fun and after seeing the end result, I was very satisfied with the outcome because I have never done anything remotely close to coding and working with circuits. In the beginning, I was pretty confused with how to carry out my idea because sometimes troubleshooting did not work but after experimenting many times on the Make Code platform, I was able to successfully make the CPX do what I intended it to do. One thing I hope to do better in the future is getting a better understanding of how to program the circuit into doing more specific things and applying different colours. Finally, I think it looks pretty well put together and I am happy with the idea I came up with because I was able to use past observations to make a wearable that is relevant to many people.

Reference:

Prior, O. & Yoyo (2021). Digital Switches & Buttons Overview [Online Lecture]. Retrieved from https://canvascloud.ocadu.ca/courses/1271/pages/digital-switches-and-buttons-overview-20-minutes?module_item_id=113950

Assignment 2: Expressive Wearable Khushi Jetley

Concept

The wearable that I have created is called showUP. This device is for individuals that suffer from anxiety. The wearable has 2 different modes that show how the person wearing is feeling. As someone who has struggles with anxiety, I know that sometimes it is hard to express yourself when feeling anxious. ShowUP, helps the individuals express anxiety to those around them, without having to tell them physically.

When the person is happy/calm, they can turn on the yellow light by just doing the blue snap fastener. However if the person is feeling anxious, they can do the pink snap fastener and the bracelet will glow in purple colour.

Objective

ShowUP, will help anxiety patients get the help that they need. Most of the time, anxiety is ignored as people label it as overthinking, overstressing, nervousness etc. Through this wearable device, not only I intend to make people aware of anxiety disorder and its consequences, but also help normalise the stigma around it.

Process

Idea: This idea started out as an anklet speed tracker. However, I realized that the requirements of the assignments need for the device to be able to express a feeling/emotion. Hence, I thought that I would like to express what I feel a lot, anxiety.

Initial Sketches: I had decided that I wanted to create an accessory for my wearable. I was debating between bracelets, belts and earrings. Bracelet was the best choice for my intended purpose, expressing the state of mind.

After deciding what I wanted to create, the next part was how I am going to make a bracelet that looks fashionable and  job. I mapped out the circuit and the flow and made some sketches of how the final product would look like.

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Circuit: Once I mapped the circuit, I played around with the makecode and tried to make the CPX function as per my needs using alligator clips. After few tries the functionality of the device was perfect.

Designing the Device: Designing and maneuvering the circuit was fairly easy as compared to designing the exterior of the device. I had never worked with texttiles and hence I was a little hard to wrap my head around it and get used to it.

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Final Project

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Reflection

Overall I am happy with the outcome of my project. If I were redo it I would make the bracelet a little smaller, and more aesthetically appealing. Additionally, I would like to practice a bit more with the sewing and textiles in general, as I believe, due to inadequacy, I did put too much time in figuring things out.

Additionally, I would like to introduce the showUP, device in various different forms like earrings, necklace, etc. Also, I would like for the product to have various settings indicating levels of anxiety/serenity.

References

60’S inspired color Changing “Mood” Bracelets. (n.d.). Retrieved February 12, 2021, from https://www.myroadtohappy.com/collections/60s-inspired-color-changing-mood-bracelets

How mood rings work. (n.d.). Retrieved February 12, 2021, from https://bestmoodrings.com/pages/how-mood-rings-work