The idea was born by accident. Working with a videographer friend in 2012, Sasaki set off one day from her home in Lima for Pachacamac, a massive pre-Columbian archaeological site. Carrying their equipment, the two planned to play and record a musical soundtrack: “But of course, there was no electrical socket. I felt so silly.”
Back in her workroom, Sasaki set about creating a self-contained instrument that would produce processed electronic sound, but would also allow her to move freely while performing. She soldered together small, square metal speakers to form the body of the robe. Hidden inside was an amplification system, as well as batteries and processors, all of it operating wirelessly. For Sasaki, making the dress herself was a fundamental part of the project. “I really wanted to build it myself. I love things that are handmade.”
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.