April 19, 2017 AT 3:00 am

Can a Purse Make You Feel Safe? #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #Arduino #tech

What if your purse could help you to be safer, whether it be crowded areas or dimly lit streets? This Safe’N Sound purse was designed with those issues in mind with a geometric design featuring glimmering LEDs. This prototype came out of the PRODUCTIFY Workshop that was held at Espaco D in Brazil. Designers Victor Holanda, Nanaui Amoros and Marco Augusto Rezende came together for a “short experimental journey that seeks to rethink the product in an interactive and innovative way.” As you can tell by the video, the purse has the ability to change LED colors to match an outfit, trigger an alarm if grabbed, and illuminate dark spaces. Here’s what Nanaui had to say about the electronics:

We used a RGB LED strip with a remote control so we could switch the colors. We are building a version with Arduino, so the sensors will be capacitive (DIY copper foil actually). The buzzer is also in the bag and there is a pressure sensor (a piezo) on the handle so it can detect when the bag is taken off (only works when the user turns on the bag).

I think the triangular integrated touch pads are a clever choice for this design and add to its ’60s vibe. Nanaui says the team hopes to publish more info on the purse soon, including code. This is a great example of a wearable that combines style and function (I’ll take one please!). Wishing the team best of luck and also sending a thank you to facilitators Ana Catharina Marques and Lucas De Sordi for offering an inspiring workshop. If you would like to do your first handbag hack, check out our Interior Purse Light guide. Our GEMMA microcontroller and LED sequins come together with conductive velcro-esque strips to provide the perfect illumination. Hack more and fumble less for your keys.

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