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LED Ampli-Tie with Flora

by on Feb.27, 2013, under DIY Wearables, Functional Wearables, Wearables, Wearables News

LED Ample tie

Today on Adafruit’s “Wearable Wednesdays” we learn how to make the LED Ampli-Tie with Flora. Using FLORA, the Electret Microphone Amplifier, Flora NeoPixels, and conductive thread, you can stand out in your next interview or stockholders meeting wearing a tie that lights up in reaction to sound.

You can check out the YouTube Video for step-by-step instructions.

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Lilypad Floor Pillow

by on Aug.09, 2010, under DIY Wearables

This is an awesome 20″ Lilypad floor pillow made by Angela at SoftCircuitSaturdays.com.  This is a very good looking project created to decorate her office.  We love the idea and wouldn’t mind having one of these hanging around.  How about making the debug light work when the pillow is being used?   Maybe she’ll also make the lilypad power supply pillow to go along with this?

Awesome Lilypad Arduino Pillow

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Light Up Skate Boards

by on Aug.03, 2010, under DIY Wearables, Wearables, WW Wish List

© Webelow Wear, LLC 2010

While out at the infamous Duke Street skate park watching eight year olds kick and tres flip all over your faces, a light emerged and stole the attention.

Skatepark Kid A was rocking one of these boards and we had to take a closer look.  Purchased for only $60 bucks from Photon Light Boards, it’s not exactly wearable or a means to improve your skating abilities, but it looks pretty damn cool. Even cooler, Skatepark Kid A explained, are the moving images you can get of the board in action.

light up skate board in motion

Above spending $60 for a light up board? Check out this Instructables and make them yourself!

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Square Band

by on Jul.23, 2010, under DIY Wearables, Functional Wearables, Wearables, WW Wish List

Take your studio with you.

Take your studio with you.

This is pretty cool.

The Square Band is a portable square wave synthesizer and is worn like a watch. The band includes eight tone buttons of varying octaves and a light sensor to change the pitch. Using a flexible solar panel, the band is recharged while worn and is powered for that a-ha moment of creativity.  It costs $35 with battery ($30 without) and there are only 4 in stock! But don’t fret – for you DIY’ers out there the creators are taking names for a potential DIY Kit.

music watch

Click here to hear a sample of the sounds. The first sample is a run through of each button and its corresponding tone in a controlled environment. The second sample is the tone of each button being pitch shifted via the on-board light sensor.

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Tricked Out Arduino Watches

by on Jun.24, 2010, under DIY Wearables, Wearables, WW Wish List

Sparkfun Watches

This is wearable hotness.

Maker Faire  participant Matthew Garten has created two Arduino Watches using Sparkfun materials. The Steampunk theme is probably the  favorite, but the Biopunk theme watch covered in stingray skin (??!) is pretty awesome too.

Steampunk Sparkfun Watch

The watches use trackball control,  draw pictures, play games and connects to a glove with a myriad of sensors to collect a variety of data.

Temp. sensing glove attachment

Instructions can be found on Instructables and more information on Optimized Force.

We tip our hat to you Mr. Garten

Via [Sparkfun]

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DIY LED Dress

by on May.26, 2010, under DIY Wearables, Fashionable Wearables, Functional Wearables, Wearables

valerie lamontange DIY led dress

Valérie Lamontagne of Electromode has a fabulous DIY LED Dress on sale for $250 Canadian Dollars. The symetrical or asymetrical designs use sensors that respond to changes in light, temperature or acceleration and activate a series of lights on the dress.

The kit includes:

• Dress pattern and graphics printed on 100% cotton
• Lining pattern and circuit guides printed on Polyester Blend
• Conductive zipper
• Programmed lilypad arduino
• 15 LEDs
• Conductive thread
• Batteries and charger included

We think this is a great project for students or rising enthusiasts to have hands-on experience in inetegrating werable technology into clothing.  This will inspire and hopefully motivate those DIY-ers to create other innovative wearable designs.

LED_Fashion_Kit01

Via [FashioningTechnology]

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DMY International Design Festival Berlin, June 9-13

by on May.20, 2010, under DIY Wearables, Wearables, Wearables News

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The 8th edition of DMY International Design Festival 2010 will kick off with a grand opening ceremony on June 9 and it’s looking wearable-tastic! With over 10,000 square meters of inspirational prototypes and new products by  over 400 designers, the event will be an informative event for all enthusiasts.  Those  interested in wearbles can get an ear and handful with V2 labs’ V2_E-Textile Workspace.  Participants will work with workshop leaders to learn the goals and key concepts of the field and build a simple soft interface into one of their own existing garments.

Via [Electricfoxy.com]

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Mona Lisa Update

by on Mar.16, 2010, under DIY Wearables

We were recently able to get some work done figuring out the Zilog ePIR sensor and  learning more about the hardware and software challenges of the Mona Lisa following eye EL project.
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In our a breadboard setup, all we needed was our Arduino Barebones Board , the Zilog sensor and a necessary resistor.  As far as wiring goes, this was a pretty basic build.

There are two ways to interact with the sensor.  The Hardware Interface Mode gives a very direct connection to the sensors and doesn’t use the single board computer (SBC) to do any special analysis.  All tuning parameters are set by input voltages.

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Zilog ePIR Sensors

by on Feb.04, 2010, under DIY Wearables

ziglog

It’s here! The Zilog sensor is a  fully functional motion-detecting single-board computer.  It’s super small and somewhat low-profile. It has right-angle headers that won’t work well on a wearable project.  For now, let’s focus on the art installation. We’re teaming up with a group of artists and maker friends to put this on canvas. Check back frequently for more updates.

It’s R&D/design time!

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WiFi Dectecting Bumper Sticker

by on Feb.04, 2010, under DIY Wearables, Wearables

wifi bumper sticker

We all know and love ThinkGeek’s Wifi Detecting Shirt, but modifying it to add to a your car is dork-tastic! Instructables has a relatively easy project to upgrade your car from chic to geek. Not sure how useful it is, but we imagine it can make any traffic bound geek pretty happy.

Via [Instructables]

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