Smart Hoodie: The cellphone sweater #WearableWednesday
Two grad students at NYU’s ITP program have developed this awesome “smart hoodie”. Check out more on their site.
Have you ever wondered what the future of a mobile interfaces could be? What will replace the smart phone, which replaced the dumb phone and the pager and the PDA before it. A cell phone or mobile phone is a device that can make and receive telephone calls over a cellular network. Modern phones have a variety of services such as text messaging, multimedia messages, email, internet, applications, photography and bluetooth.
Yet over the years we’ve yet to offer an alternative interface that wasn’t a handheld device. Improvements to the technology in the form of smart watches and google glass are enhancing the possibilities but what if we pushed the envelope just a little more? Rucha Patwardhan and Alina Balean set to explore that question. They are both graduate students at NYU’s ITP and over this spring semester they explored the ways fabric can be used with electronics. In a course called “Towers of Power” they learned how to DIY a cell phone with an Arduino and an Arduino GSM shield.
They knew that they wanted to build an object that isn’t a piece of glass that lives in a pocket. The smart hoodie was born. The concept of putting the technology instead a cell phone into something truly wearable and everyday is what this project stands to represent. Gestures that used to require your fingers on a tiny piece of glass now are translated into everyday movement, buttons no more. The future of communication is in our hands… or arms not just our fingers.
Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards
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.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.