In this collaborative project with Zoe Padgett, we were interested in the small, seemingly inconsequential daily exchanges all of us take part in.
Wearable technology enables us to not only quantify these fleeting transactions, but to hold and carry them with us. Perhaps we can feel the weight of a long winded sentence, or refer back to a recent nudge. In this project, we investigated the possibility of making conversations physical and visual experiences.
By performing brief explorations of different scenarios we were able to experience some of the new social dynamics introduced by the suits. Wearers had to be very mindful of the other person when they themselves had something to say. We added a detachable piece that only allowed the suit to function when attached to the shoulder, thus functioning as a “talking stick” element further mediating the conversations.
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, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, 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.