The Heartbeat Necklace is one of several biometric projects developed by the designer/engineer duo Vanessa Carpenter and Dzl. Vanessa and Dzl make up GeekPhysical, an interactive studio that "create[s] interactive experiences, installations, happenings, or playful rendezvous."
The necklace takes the form of a celtic knotted triangle embedded with a handful of LEDs that twinkle the… Continue
Added by Syuzi on November 30, 2009 at 9:30am —
After months of the long cold walk to work (and back) my headphones had started to look a little bit worse for wear. The foam earpads (apparently thats what they are called) on my Koss portapro headphones had worn away and had tears along the edges. I looked into buying some new ones but I decided to try and make my own instead.…
I hope you all have a warm and pleasurable Thanksgiving! Starting Monday we will have a flurry of posts, holiday gift guides for the geeky fashionista and some fun DIY projects to create for your home.
Added by Syuzi on November 26, 2009 at 10:18am —
For anyone wondering what I have been up to I have recently been working on the prototype for a new project - the Hibernation Blanket. The basic idea is a crochet blanket laced with lights which pulse in response to your body heat. This can be used to snuggle up in through the long winter nights or it could be placed in… Continue
Added by Kristina on November 24, 2009 at 11:30am —
In it's simplicity and wit, See-thru-me is a one of those projects where the fusion of fashion and technology creates a truly "magical" experience. Developed by Meg Grant, the concept is based on illusion of the body being porous or transparent. When a light is illuminated on the back of the wearer, the LEDs on the front of the garment light up.
Designed and developed by dutch designer Stijn Ossevoort, Flare is an electronic dress embroidered with wind sensitive dandelions. As the wind gently caresses the dress or if you "blow" on the dandelions themselves, a pattern of lights will twinkle across the dress.
I couldn't find a lot of information on the technology or how the dress itself was made — more to come later.…
Swedish designer Hedvig af Ekenstam transforms the common household device — the radiator — into lovely decorative items for the home. Ekenstam knits radiators from twisting and turning heating cables, creating exquisite lightweight screens.
E-pressed is a warm, cozy sweater that monitor's the wearers "inner state" via a custom galvanic skin resistor sensor and creates awareness of "negative emotions" by communicating to the wearer and others.
Rather than asking how someone is doing, e-pressed visually communicates the individual's level of anxiety, fear and sadness and invites others to interact with the wearer by pressing… Continue
Added by Syuzi on November 12, 2009 at 10:55am —
On and off the runway, fashion that rivets our imagination is often lyrical, transformative and even subversive. Fashion, of course, is sensitive to the cultural mood of its time. With "renewable energy" being the current muse in politics, the Captian Electric collection of three electronic garments "Itchy, Sticky and Stiff" that harness energy from the body certainly captures the current… Continue
Added by Syuzi on November 10, 2009 at 1:28pm —
Lauren McCarthy's "Happiness Hat" forces you to smile and, if it detects that you're not smiling, provides "pain feedback" in the form of a pin in the back of your head.
The Happiness Hat is a wearable device that detects if you're smiling and provides pain feedback if you're not. An enclosed bend sensor attaches to the cheek and measures smile size, a servo motor moves a metal spike into the head inversely proportional to the degree of smile. Through repeated use of this…Continue
Another interesting project developed as part of the physical computing course at Chalmers Tekniska Högskola is an armband made from conductive textiles and threads that is used to control and play the game of Tetris.
The armband (or sleeve) uses the sway of the wrist to move the pieces left and right, clenching of the fist for rotation, and the extension of the arm to make the pieces fall.
The AIRduino Guitar is a wearable virtual guitar that is "played" with two hands much like playing Air Guitar.
The system consists of a "stick" that triggers sound, a glove that sets the tone and an Arduino of course.
Using ultra sonic sensors to measure the distance between the hands, the distance of the string to glove changes the tone from low (far) to high (close). An accelerometer is used to trigger sound.