[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.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 [...]