Not only does this wearable tech have a fun goth look, but it also happens to react in the same manner as its name—Volume. As you might guess, a good scream hits a mic, which triggers the expanding wing feature. This fashion is by Anne Goodfriend, who is currently enrolled in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU Tisch. What makes this project especially delightful is the inspiration for the creation.
The Need: Liberation from shame—entitlement to public space, entitlement to volume—be big, be loud, be proud.
You can see the proof of concept on the streets in this video, so make sure your monitor volume is adjusted accordingly.
This makes me want a Volume meetup group where people run around with these outfits late at night and just scream for the sake of safety. It might even be fun to create a game app for this and GPS the scream locations. Hopefully Anne will be producing a tutorial, but if not, let’s take a look at what she’s got in the way of tech, which she makes obvious thanks to some great documentation.
I spy a FLORA microcontroller, a mic and some servos! Apparently things got tricky once she had wings made of heftier fabric, but since the prototyping was done in stages she was ready to face the challenge. Make sure you visit her project page, as well as her past blog posts for all the details on this project. It looks like this is Anne’s first step into the world of wearables and it’s a great success. So, Anne, sending you big high fives and also a virtual cup of chamomile tea so you can catch up on all the sleep you’ve been missing! For the rest of you, if you have an interest in working with audio reactive fashions, check out our Ampli-Tie learning guide. It’s a tie that flashes fun colors based on sound, but of course you can hack this into any fashion you like. Sounds fun, right?
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