As if speaking to the President wasn’t enough, Ladyada continues to live up to her goal of creating the best web based educational community for all ages and skill levels to learn and design electronics. With a YouTube Channel and Google+ Hangouts dedicated to demonstrating new products, answering questions about electronics, or giving you the viewer/blogger/maker/diyer an opportunity to participate in the classic show-and-tell, Ladyada makes learning fun, interactive and accessible. One of our favorites is of course Wearable Electronic Wednesdays where we get to learn about the latest wearable electronics and how to use it.
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.
Above spending $60 for a light up board? Check out this Instructables and make them yourself!
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.
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.
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.
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.
We tip our hat to you Mr. Garten
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.
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.
For over a year now we have been lucky owners of Android OS enabled phones. Recently, Google has released the Android Scripting Environment, which allows users to write simple code (even on the phone) that uses many of the powerful Andorid API classes.
This new application brings Android features to the masses and also allows for rapid prototyping and on-the-fly development. As an added bonus, the phones has it’s own sensors (compass, accelerometer, etc.) and screen output, as well as an all-important connection to the internet, which can be used to push or pull data or even advanced features like text-to-speech.
We first learned of the Android Scripting Environment through CellBots, a project that uses ASE and Arduino to make robots that use the phone’s sensors along with the sensors connected to the Arduino for navigation and remote control.
This is an interesting area for wearable technology because 3g phones are gaining market share. Scripting languages for phones that interact with electronics essentially give us ultra cheap computers – more powerful than a cheap microprocessor alone. We can and should use the phone to cut back on the power and size costs of features like GPS location, internet connectivity and heavy duty processing.
We found the Email Counting T-shirt by Chris and Madeliene Ball through Talk2myShirt and this is a perfect example of using ASE and Arduino. The shirt uses a ridiculously simple python script to access the Gmail RSS feed and transmit the count data through serial to the Lilypad. Additionally, this is also a good use of screenprinting and wearables.
Read more info after the jump.
Yes, Apple has crossed over and is looking far into the future with new Senior Prototype Engineer, Richard DeVaul on the payroll. After an angry fist shaking session, we took a step back and examined the situation. While DeVaul has taken our dream path straight to Jobs (ha…a job with Jobs), us Mom-and-Pop wearable shops needn’t fear the Walmart-ing of our companies and brands. This, ladies and gentlemen, could mean an industry boom for wearables.
Wearables, like every other industry, has it’s layers. There are the couture designers trying to make you Gaga-ed out, the Ipod wearable helping people-on-the-go move to a beat, the rave-scene wearable, the kitschy wearables products for all wearbles geeks, the DIY wearable upgrade to entertain the wearbles tinkerers, the biometrics wearables used in military and medicine, practical wearables for mass use and the home based wearables. Apple’s position in the industry? Considering the I-everything (Ipod, Iphone etc.) craze and DeVaul’s background, we’re in for a long ride of very cool, user friendly wearables. But remember, this is one section of a growing industry!
Our advice: stay positive, stay informed, keep innovating because the industry was just put on the map in big way.
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.
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.
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!