Meditation is a great tool, but it only works if you remember to use it. That’s why I like this new wearable by Felix Ros that encourages a focused mind wherever you are. It’s called Vivolux and resembles a more open version of a sleeve. Feeling stressed? Just stop and breathe into your hands. An LED will illuminate based on the intensity of your breath and also the rhythm. It’s a great way to connect with your body and bring yourself back to the moment.
Felix is a design student at Victoria University of Wellington and Vivolux is the result of a four week project for a wearable technology course. It incorporates a Lilypad Arduino, humidity sensor (SEN 10167) and sound sensor (MEMS). Although Felix had to work out some coding issues, surprisingly, the sewing was the most challenging part of the project.
It’s the first time I made a flexible circuit and the sewing machine didn’t work with my leather. So, I ended up sewing everything together by hand. I also couldn’t use conductive thread because the 3 watt LED would use too much power; I used very thin wire instead.
Despite the tricky sewing, Felix is optimistic about wearables. He has a vision for his design work.
It is my ultimate aim to improve people’s lives. To reach this goal, I believe all resources can be used, from intelligent complex systems to more primitive and simple designs, as long as the final experience is natural. A design that is complimentary with the user. In the end, we are all just highly developed primates that want to improve our way of life.
This is another answer to my question of “why sensors?” As we become more plugged into tech, we also become disconnected from our bodies. Sensors help to re-connect us and remind us what is going on. Devices bringing awareness to posture, heartbeat, footsteps and brain activity are all growing. Luckily as makers we have the ability to DIY our own connection to reality. Check out this snazzy Heart Rate Badge to share your heartbeats with the rest of the world. Don’t forget to send us pics of the results!
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