New media artist Balam Soto will demonstrate how to use his “body sound suit”. The suit generates sound through body movement utilizing sensors, wireless xbee modules and lily pad arduinos. Try out the technology that drives these suits!
Imagine a skirt that sparkles with a rainbow of colors as you walk, dance, and twirl. The Skirt Full of Stars is an illuminated, interactive garment using the Lilypad Arduino platform - it gathers information about the wearer's movement, then translates that into changing colors for the integrated fiber optic lights. Also shown will be a motion responsive hat and belt based on the skirt's electronics.
fabrick.it is a collection of wearable electronic modules or “bricks” that make it easy to construct simple or complex wearable projects. Bricks connect to each other with a flexible, 3-wire conductive fabric ribbon. The fabrick.it bricks and ribbon approach streamlines the construction of wearable projects, making them more reliable, attractive and ready-to-wear. The fabrick.it collection includes a removable, rechargeable lithium-polymer battery brick, LED brick with built-in resistor and a snap connector brick which makes connections fast and easy.
Felted Signal Processing is an on-going collaboration between sisters Sarah and Lara Grant. They work with fiber and electronics for the purpose of creating a series of experiments that serve as a tactile interface for shaping and controlling sound and video. They believe that natural fibers and soft conductive materials, such as wool and fabrics make a more germane interface similar to the organic nature of video and music composition. Material exploration and the designs of alternative soft interfaces also feed back into the expanding frontier of wearable technology and electronic textile culture. Exhibiting & demos on how to felt and soft circuitry.
The Life Dress is an organically inspired piece of tech couture modeling the Game of Life. Handmade tiles with embedded circuitry are composed to run the Game of Life algorithm developed by John Conway. The algorithm models cell life through a simple set of rules applied to squares on a grid. Whether a cell is born, survives, or dies is determined by the condition of surrounding cells. These rules are visualized as dynamic patterns of light on the tiles of the dress. It is through the shared existence of the cells, or, indeed, people, that any survive and illuminated animations occur.
Nudgeables are an evolving set of accessories that allow the wearer to nudge a companion from a short distance away. These devices are inspired by "signals" (scratching the nose, a cough, "the look") or backchannel exchanges (text messages sent across a room) that are used for discrete communication in broader social contexts.
Clothing that measures and displays the wearer's biological signals to open fashion to dynamic new forms of self awareness, personal expression and interpersonal communication. Three works include: Heart-felt Shirt - Lights up with the wearer's heart beat. Truth Wristband - Displays emotional arousal. Thinking Cap - Displays brain activity.
Demo of interactivity and group computing using a soft circuit interface device. Flexible XY touchpads made using resistive fabric sensors are embedded onto pants. Demonstrating their use for single and group computer interactions and explanation of how they are made.
Soft Circuit Saturdays is a collection of projects that combine electronics, sewing, crafts, and technology. Every Saturday Angela researches, experiments, and plays with e-textiles, soft circuits, and electronics. Then she shares techniques/tutorials and pictures of works-in-progress on her blog.
September 25, 2010 at 2pm