Archive for the ‘Wearable Computing’ Category

Intutive training aid using wearable electronics

Friday, March 9th, 2012

A yet another application of wearable electronics – to train blind athletes with pressure feedback.

A work that is a part of the Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) masters programme run jointly by Imperial College and the Royal College of Art has a team designing it, as part of course. Mining company Rio Tinto has launched a ‘Sports Innovation Challenge’ for new paralympic opportunities, ranging from equipment through to radical new sporting events and competition models.

“As a visually impaired person, you don’t develop the same kind of kinaesthetic awareness — so we began with how you can rebuild body awareness and how you can actually have a feeling of where your limbs are in space, if you lost your sight, for instance,” said IDE student Benedict Copping.

Noting that the vast majority of sighted athletes use coaching demonstrations or video-analysis techniques to perfect complex motion skills, Copping’s team wanted to find a way for blind athletes to similarly benefit.

The design comprises of wearable joint pads that record the position of the limb in space and keep this as a reference against predetermined angles, giving a graded vibration feedback as they match up.

Flex sensors, vibration motors (like those used in mobile phones) and an Arduino mini pro electronics board (for computation) are some of the easily available components that are used.

“If you’re visually impaired, because you can’t reflect on somebody else doing the motion, the coach moves the hand around, so what he’ll do is get the first position and press a button, store that, then [get a] second position, store that — so a combination of points together will build a picture. Then when you actually change movements, it will vibrate more and more until you get the correct position,” Copping said.

For creating the winning design, the Ghost team (which also includes Jason Cheah, Shruti Grover and Idrees Rasouli) will receive undisclosed funding from Rio Tinto to further develop the technology.

[Via: TheEngineer]

The Jacket That Tells You You’re Drunk

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

[Matt Leggett] designed a jacket that is telling you whether you are able to drive or not:

Included in the jacket are an Arduino microprocessor, an alcohol sensor, and a series of LED’s that “provide an elegant solution to the drink driving problem.” A breathalyzer located in the pocket of the jacket, analyses the sample and then lights, that are stitched into the forearm, indicate how drunk you are. The LED lights glow when alcohol is detected and the brighter they glow, the worse you are.

via [Joe.ie]

The Jacket That Tells You You're Drunk

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

[Matt Leggett] designed a jacket that is telling you whether you are able to drive or not:

Included in the jacket are an Arduino microprocessor, an alcohol sensor, and a series of LED’s that “provide an elegant solution to the drink driving problem.” A breathalyzer located in the pocket of the jacket, analyses the sample and then lights, that are stitched into the forearm, indicate how drunk you are. The LED lights glow when alcohol is detected and the brighter they glow, the worse you are.

via [Joe.ie]

Speed Vest for Night Cycling

Monday, October 10th, 2011

[Mykle Hansen] explains how to make a Speed Vest displaiyng the speed of the bicycle, as seen on Make: 19. This is a cool intro-project for wearable electronics.

Bicyclists receive a lot of honk-based grief from car drivers who perceive them as slow and in the way, and when drivers misjudge a bicycle’s speed, it can cause “right hook” collisions that kill several bicyclists each year. This lightweight night-cycling vest displays your current speed in glowing, 7-inch-tall numbers easily visible to cars. On the back, an Arduino microcontroller reads input from an off-the-shelf bike speedometer sensor, and then switches power to sewn-in numerals made from electroluminescent (EL) wire.

via [UberGizmo] source [Make]

Leaf Planetarium Lets You Watch The Stars From Bed

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

[t3chnolochic] made a leaf planetarium based on IKEA design and Arduino.

Long story short, 400 ft of fiber optics, 6 power LEDs, and a lilypad arduino later, I present to you, my giant twinkling leaf planetarium.

Want to make one yourself? She wrote an Instructable about it.

via [T3chnolochic]

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 Kobakant.at

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 [Hex.la] Source [CasualProfanity]