0

Floreo: Clothing that moves using flexinol #WearableWednesday

Visit the Floreo site here to see more!

Floreo is meant to be an interactive experience involving technology, fashion, and design concepts. The initial goal of the project was to create a wearable and aesthetically appealing dress that incorporates the use of flexinol – a muscle memory alloy. When heated, flexinol can bend in an innumerable amount of ways. Alicia and Jerika researched, experimented, and implemented flexinol to work in accordance with fabric. Their journey is still in progress as they aspire to make their dress a reality as well as educate people on the potential uses of flexinol.

The journey started with the idea to create a fashionable yet technological dress that would inspire other women to create their own unique pieces while also learning about the technology behind it. After researching, Alicia and Jerika decided to challenge themselves by learning how to use and manipulate flexinol. They were inspired by MIT’s High-Low Tech Group, which has created multiple projects using the muscle memory alloy.

They chose to build a flower design that would incorporate the embedded flexinol, which would allow the petals to rise and fall when voltage was applied. The goal was to allow a user to shine a light on the flower, which would come to life by actuating a light sensor that would send voltage to the flexinol.

In order to assemble the petals, Alicia and Jerika soldered around 32 pieces of 1-1.5″ cut flexinol to conductive beads. In order to do so efficiently, they both had to divide the work and use wire cutters to clamp or flatten the conductive beads to the ends of the flexinol. The next step involved soldering the conductive beads to miniature square pieces of copper tape.

After soldering their next task was to laser cut the petals. This was a suggestion made by their professor, David Tinapple, in order to quickly cut the petals with a clean, cauterized finish. Test petals were also cut in order to visualize the flexinol connected to fabric. Alicia handled the sewing of the flexinol into the laser cut fabric.

Read more.


Flora breadboard is Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!


Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 14,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython 2019!

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7:30pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/


Maker Business — A list of companies owned by Amazon. It’s big.

Wearables — Raid the kitchen

Electronics — Capacitor ESR

Biohacking — Vitamin-C + Gelatin for Accelerated Recovery

Python for Microcontrollers — Python snakes its way to the STM32, Serpente, and more!

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Adafruit IO Updates, RGB Stream Deck Message Panel, and more

Microsoft MakeCode — Welcome to the MakeCode Newsletter!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.