Hello! It's cool that this forum is here! My name is Wiley.
I'm working on a series of Hoodies with BlinkM powered eyes on the hoods. My prototype had 3 AA batteries in a plusea-design soft battery pack in a pocket, and a very simple circuit that was continuously connected across the zipper once zipped.
My main problems with the prototype:
1 The batteries were bulky in the pocket. I used so many to cope with the resistance of the conductive thread, which had to travel all the way up the jacket to the hood. Is anyone making prefab soft battery packs that put out 5v for two blinkM's?
2 The zipper switch had conductive thread tied between the teeth of the zipper, which ended up shredding after a lot of use. The new jackets that I am using have plastic teeth, so now I am using two pads of conductive tape on one side that are momentarily connected by the zip itself, which has had its paint sanded off so that the metal is exposed- (as in the TV B Gone Hoodie http://www.instructables.com/id/TV_B_Gone_Hoodie/ ). So, now I need to modify my circuit so that it will work with a momentary switch, and I need help. It's a simple design- two blinkm's in series with each other and a momentary switch that I would like to turn the lights on or off. Will I need to add a lilypad arduino to accomplish this, or is there a way to do it with only the BlinkM's?