Suspended Circuit

For this first assignment, we’ve been tasked with creating a functional circuit where the conductive materials combine to make up a significant portion of the aesthetics. So for my work, I’ve taken inspiration from contemporary suspension bridge designs, as well as a line of furniture products by Robert Cuthburt. Both styles of design use a system of tethers hung from a single tower to span a gap, and support a deck.

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My ‘bridge deck’ and ‘tower’ are simple wood constructions, however the cabling is an alternating rhythm of red and black silicon wires. I have run two separate circuits off of a single battery, each ending in a single red LED to show when it is operational. Paying attention to the precision of my layout and craftsmanship, the battery and transistors are discreetly pinned to the underside of the deck.

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Material List:

Balsa Wood Tower 3/8″ x 3/8″ x 10″
Maple Wood Deck 3/8″ x 2″ x 19″
Wood glue & hot glue

30AWG Silicon Wire – 2m Black (WIRSI-002003)
30AWG Silicon Wire – 2m Red (WIRSI-002001)
3mm LED – Red (LEDGE-000320)
100Ω – 1/4W Resistor (RESIS-521025)
CR2032 – Battery Holder (LILYB-008822)
CR2032 – Coin Cell Battery (BATTG-203200)

 

Circuit Diagram:

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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.

circuit-diagram

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

Hello world!

Welcome to Wearable Electronics Studio! May the coming months be full of experiments and inventions to delight and challenge.

Here are some online resources to learn more about wearables:

Online Resources

How to get what you want (Blog on making soft circuits and working with conductive materials)
http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/

We Are Wearables Meetup
http://www.wearewearables.com/

Make Magazine
http://makezine.com/

Sparkfun
https://www.sparkfun.com/

Adafruit
http://www.adafruit.com/

Creatron
http://www.creatroninc.com/

MIT High Low Tech Group
http://highlowtech.org/

Kate Hartman
http://www.katehartman.com/

Leah Buechley
http://leahbuechley.com/

Social Body Lab
http://research.ocadu.ca/socialbody/home

Decimal Lab
http://www.decimallab.ca/