As wearable devices are becoming smaller and flexible, scientists and designers are exploring ways to make flexible batteries or alternative methods to produce, store and manage energy in a wearable device.
Solar Vintage fan, seen in the picture above, is a collection of the Spanish designer Elena Corchero. She created accessories that use solar cells to capture energy while embellished with fabulous craft skills and smart materials. She was able to bring attention to the beauty of the electronics and gave a soft touch to them. The combination of design, craft, and innovative smart materials gives this collection a special place in this narrative.
Dutch designer Pauline Van Dongen has been consistently presenting us with designs that have solar cell technology embedded. The flexible solar cells found in Van Dongen’s designs are created by the scientists at Holst Institute. What started as a pocket housing for the solar cells now also utilizes other technologies that allow more comfort and wearability. Van Dongen brings her expertise on design for the body to the technology, and she is one of the most influential designers exploring this field.
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.