Archive for the ‘Wearable Computing’ Category

August Specials: Tinkerkit Servos And Open SoftWear

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

We are happy to announce 3 new products available at the Arduino Store: two powerful servos with the standard Tinkerkit 3pin connector (T010050 and T010051) and OpenSoftwear, a book about fashion and technology by Tony Olsson, David Gaetano, Jonas Odhner, Samson Wiklund, in it’s second, revised edition.

Is the Rise of Wearable Electronics Finally Here?

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Philip Torrone review and analyses the state of things in Wearable Computing. A must-read:

For decades I’ve wanted interesting, beautiful, and (sometimes) functional electronics on the most personal geographies of all, myself. When I think of “living in the future,” it’s what springs to mind: subtle LEDs, lots of polished metal. In this week’s column I’m going to share some milestones, mistakes, and projects in the world of wearable electronics. From geeky watches to wearable music players — I’ve always wanted to utilize my wrist real estate to my shoes for electronics of some kind. Many of the “wearables” I’m going to share are from my project archives, some are now “real,” and others are products that are out now. I think we’re finally entering an era where wearable electronics can look good and work well.

via [MakeZine]

Ink-Redible Dress Made Out of Vibrating Pen Nibs

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Arduino is driving a huge amount of pen nibs in a wearable computing fashion  project by John Nussey and Steven Tai .

In the above video and gallery, you can see the remarkable construction of the originally-named Pen Nib Dress, a shiny, pointy stunning garment created by creative technologist John Nussey and Central St. Martins Womenswear student Steven Tai for his final degree show.

The two blended their creative and technical talents to create an A-line dress which uses moveable, vibrating pen nibs as an alternative to sequins or beading. [...]  The pair decided to use the tiny motors used to make mobile phones vibrate to animate the nibs — “they’re cheap and low-power”, says Nussey — and link these up in rows of nibs with a transistor, acting as a switch, at the end of each row. “This really cut the work down”, said Nussey, as the pair were working against Tai’s degree show deadline, “meaning we didn’t have 795 nibs to individually wire, but 42 rows. It can always be upgraded to have each motor working independently.”

These rows can be switched on and off by an arduino, and subsequently programmed and sequenced. The whole lot is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery, “so it doesn’t have to be plugged in”, explains Nussey — attachment to the wall not being the hottest look when heading down the catwalk.

via [WiredUk]


DIY Fabric Speakers

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Interesting DIY fabric speakers from Hannah Perner-Wilson:

Making a speaker is much easier than you’ve ever imagined, and what you need to prepare is merely: textile (or paper), conductive tape and some strong magnets. Try this one made by Hannah Perner-Wilson and you’ll find it quite impressive.

UPDATE: as Tara commented below, you can have more information about Hannah’s work on her website

via [innewidea]

Fluid Dresses And Other Casual Profanities

Monday, January 31st, 2011

[Charlie Bucket]  is developing a personal look towards materials: pumping fluids in tubes to change objects’ (and cloths’, as you see in the video) substance and feeling. Magic-like.

The installation is based on openFrameworks, and uses 6 arduino-driven pumps to make the fluid flowing through the tubes. Very interesting fabrication pictures on Flickr.

More on [] Source [CasualProfanity]

Arduino To Spread Your Senses

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The Blind Theater Project is a performance aimed to turn the body into the stage of a sensorial theater. Several sensor suits allow the spect/actors to feel the world around them in a new, unknown, way:

The play contributes to the critical understanding of the body’s importance in our visually dominated culture. It opens the theater to a blind and blinded audience.

[...] The bodysuit is a stand-alone application based on mini-pc’s in combination with custom built Arduino controller-board. It is an open-source project working with the development of haptic and tactile storytelling [...]

via [TheBlindTheater]

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Monday, November 22nd, 2010

A collection of  projects made with the Arduino Lilypad / 2007-2010

via [BenBashFord] source [LeahBuechley's Youtube]

A collection of projects made with the Arduino Lilypad / 2007-2010

via [BenBashFord] source [LeahBuechley's Youtube]

A collection of projects made with the Arduino Lilypad / 2007-2010

via [BenBashFord] source [LeahBuechley's Youtube]

iPhone controller LED suit

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Here is a compilation video I threw together showing my LED suit in action this past weekend at Dragon*Con 2010 in Atlanta. More build reports, photos, and video to come soon.

Some time ago I posted previous experiment in wearable leds cloth. In this case is more of a structure underneath a peculiar cloth. It’s controlled by iPhone with an app wrote from [uiproductions]. In this video everything is explained in a detailed way.

via [uiproductions]

Marty McFly’s Self-Lacing Sneakers Comes to Real Life

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

If you ever seen this sequence and always missed THAT something, then you are a true nerd AND now you can have those shoes, by supporting this project.

Every fan of Back to the Future remembers the shoes that Marty Mcfly donned in 2015 that autolaced on to his foot and his exclaimation: “Power Laces- alright!”

As part of an Art project for a contest, I created a version from spare parts which I demoed in a short video clip. Despite it’s laughable looks and simplistic function, it went on to get over 1 Million views and the story was picked up by various outlets around the World.


Unfortunately, I don’t have the resources to create it on my own, which is while I am turning to you guys!

If you contribute just $50 towards the project, besides the Power Laces shwag, you’ll also be the first group notified when the product is ready to ship and have the opportunity to purchase a pair before it goes on sale to the general public. You will also receive a coupon code for a percentage off, the exact amount to be determined after the retail price gets finalized.

mmm. Why NIKE isn’t interested in supporting the first-ever bottom-up produced shoes? There may be a patent problem, but the idea of realizing those shoes with our favourite microcontroller would have never been taken seriously by a major.

But I may be wrong.

Support! (and open source it!)

via [wired's gadget lab] source [kickstarter's page of power-laces]

Lighiting Clothing

Friday, May 21st, 2010

We have to face a new kind of fashion, interaction-friendly: Led related clothing.
I wonder if this kind of products are hacking friendly and how lilypad could drive part of it.

products go from 79 EUR to 200 EUR, have a look at the reseller.

via [semageek] source [7gadgets]