This Tech Dress Is Best Seen With a Computer #WearableWednesday #Arduino #Wearabletech
Michelle Vossen was motivated to combine wearables and technology in a meaningful way, not only because she had to create a project for her creative programming class, but because she wanted something more aligned with her philosophy.
I believe too often technology and clothing are merged in a very unnatural way, as if the technology is just added for the sake of adding it. In those cases, the technology does not add any value at all and I really dislike that.
Her resulting project is a magnificent diptych, which means her LED dress is meant to be seen precisely next to her computer. Notice the streaming rays of light that streak the desert sands of the dress leading to the pyramid on screen. The dress utilizes a Lilypad Arduino with LEDs stitched with conductive thread, while the computer art uses Processing. Michelle decided to add an app on her phone to make controlling the programming even easier. I think the most important takeaway is how simplistic images make room for the sparkle of LEDs, without looking overdone. Also, Michelle has the right idea of viewing wearables with other objects since people are always viewing others within their environments. I hope she continues this study of art and design as it may lead to some interesting creations.
Would you like to control LEDs in your wearable? Check out our learning guide on the FLORA Bluefruit LE module. It’s a tiny piece of magic that when paired with a FLORA microcontroller allows you to connect with your smartphone or tablet. Make LEDs change color with our IOS or Android app. Feel like a chameleon and have fun learning about tech.
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.
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