Working from Home Wearable Studio – Sara Boback

Things

Unfortunately, as I do not have much of a background in making, I did not have many supplies handy to use for this class. I had the usual glue gun, cartridges, scissors and tape, however many of the other supplies I’ve ordered and they are still in transit.

New supplies that have arrived today – yay – include:

  • Arduino Nano 33 IOT
  • Breadboard
  • 220 & 10K OHM
  • LED lights
  • Micro USB charger
  • Circuit Playground Express
  • Adafruit Haptic Motor Controller
  • Neopixels

Supplies that are coming in the mail

  • Micro Servo Motor
  • Alligator Wire pack
  • Alligator to Jumper Cable
  • Lithium-Ion Polymer Battery
  • Conductive thread
  • Conductive fabric
  • Electric Paint pen

Spaces

I’ll be working in my usual work-at-home “office” space. It’s a room that has adequate space for me to make, and my work computer is set-up in a way that will allow me to easily move from desk to floor to do my making. The desk is standard size, and I use two screens to prioritize and do multiple things at once.

Sara's Desk Space

The work space for making will be the table as laid out. I’ve built out a make-shift board to easily hang items that I would need frequent access to. On this I’ve place scissors, glue gun, tapes and wires. I will look to add other items once they arrive, however I have not pre-planned their positions as I am having difficulty understanding the size of the objects as many are much smaller than I had anticipated.

Working area - board with items hanging (glue gun, scissors)

I’m using an old jewellery stand to host the electronics parts. On top, I’ve placed very small parts like the neopixels. At the bottom I’ve placed larger items like the breadboard, and circuit playground express.

electronics in a jewelry stand

And finally, the last major item I’m using is an old Amazon box to hold loose items like felt, push pins, etc.

Systems

As a fairly disorganized person, I need to visibly see most of my items in order to ensure they are accessible to me. I opted for a handmade movable wooden board to host all of the key day to day items, like scissors. The items hang from a screw and include the glue gun, cartridges, leather, copper tape and more. I’ve decided to include all of the small electronics into the jewelry stand to ensure that they are kept together in a safe, albeit visible location. The white Amazon box will be used to keep crafting supplies like felt, my sewing kit, and smaller trinkets. In keeping everything together (e.g. electronics in the jewelry stand) it will make it easier to move items from desk to desk. Additionally, the board in which the larger items are held can be moved from atop the desk, to the floor, or even to other rooms quite easily.

Methods

Coding

Most of my work involves the computer, and I have some background in coding. I’m hoping to extend upon my knowledge and apply it to wearable technology. To build rich experiences, coding will provide many enhancements.

Circuit Building

I’m very interested in the idea of circuit building for this course, and engaging my family in the designs. To prototype, I will look to apply circuit building techniques, and sewing as applied to wearable technology.

Assembling

To build the prototype, assembly will be needed.

Research and Design

Planning, researching and designing before building will ensure that the methods have been carefully thought out and are safe to apply.

Iterations

Nothing is perfect the first time usually, so testing, and multiple iterations will occur so as to create the most successful products as possible within the time constraints.

Feedback

Feedback and user research is essential in determining whether a product is successful. This will be incorporated into my design practice.

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