Making is fun, but most of all it is magical. There is nothing like the ability to imagine something and one day bring it to life. I happened to discover Tokyo artist/engineer Kyun_Kun through a post on Digital Trends and felt such a connection to her work. She recently wowed people at SXSW with her METCALF clione robotic wings, bringing her own dreams to life. Kyun is only 22, but her imagination and abilities make her an old soul. Here’s her bio translated from her site.
In pursuit of a fusion with machines, she currently creates wearable robots as fashion accessories while studying mechanical engineering. She does her own metalworking, electronics fabrication, and tailoring.
As you can imagine, most people specialize in one of those areas, but to know them all—that’s just genius.
One of the interesting aspects of the video is that it shows both the METCALF and METCALF clione models of the wings. The original wings look more boxy and the plating is fully visible. On the newer model, plastic patterned armor gives a lighter look and the end caps appear smaller. For those of you interested in the the software…
It’s built around the V-Sido Connect microcomputer system, and the smartphone app controls all the movements, along with the opening and closing of the wings.
As with most harness devices, you can see some adjustments being made in the video. There is probably a tendency for the wings to slide back. Supposedly the weight of the wings is similar to a laptop filled backpack, which isn’t a bad trade-off considering the fun that can be had with an audience. Kyun’s wings have already been synched onstage for an AKB48 concert—sweet! Celebs seem to be a good choice for fashion this remarkable, along with robotics lovers. If you consider yourself the rare fashionista that likes servos mixed in with your maxi skirt, you should definitely look at our Getting Started With FLORA learning guide. You can pair this stitch or solder microcontroller with all sorts of sensors and even a BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) module that will allow you to control your fashion through your phone. It’s a great way to jump into fantasy fashion that will make Astro Boy jealous. Do it!!
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