Make your purse charge your phone! Use an inductive charging set and install one half in your bag and the other to a shelf. Plug in your phone or a backup battery pack, and charge up while your bag is on the shelf. You will need the following supplies:
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Kinematics is a branch of mechanics that describes the motion of objects, often described as the “geometry of motion.” We use the term Kinematics to allude to the core of the project, the use of simulation to model the movement of complex assemblages of jointed parts.
Kinematics produces designs composed of 10’s to 1000’s of unique components that interlock to construct dynamic, mechanical structures. Each component is rigid, but in aggregate they behave as a continuous fabric. Though made of many distinct pieces, these designs require no assembly. Instead the hinge mechanisms are 3D printed in-place and work straight out of the machine.
I wanted to test the idea of using the tongue to control a computer. The most obvious way would be to map x/y coordinates in a Windows-style UI with tongue movements constrained to a plane. This doesn’t work terribly well, as even though the tongue has fine motor control, it’s very difficult to smoothy achieve the 2D movements needed to operate a system that has been developed around a classic mouse. I think there is possible applications for swipe interfaces, carousel menus, yes/no input, etc.
I built myself a GPS watch from +Adafruit Industries parts and tutorial. Not pictured in this photo set is the watch mode that uses lights of two different colors. Only downside is that 110mAh battery lasts about three hours. I hope to add a knock-knock activation that turns on the watch display for just a few seconds, after which it goes back to sleep. Even with that kind of power saving, I may just need a larger battery to get a full day’s worth of use.
The only problem I had is that the use of binder clips damaged the last NeoPixel on the ring somehow, I’d suggest the use of something else, grocery rubber bands maybe?
This is a long delayed post. I am glad I finally finished making a video for it, and it’s time to introduce SquareWear 2.0 — an open-source, wearable Arduino microcontroller board. At heart, SqureWear 2.0 is an Arduino running at 3.3V and 12MHz. It has built-in mini-USB port for uploading programs, charging lithium batteries, and creating a serial communication channel. It comes with a lot of useful built-in components, such as a color LED, a general-purpose push-button, a buzzer (yup, you can make it sing a tune), light sensor, temperature sensor, three MOSFETs (to drive high-current load). Even better, it has a built-in rechargeable lithium coin battery (you heard it right: rechargeable coin battery!), so you can power your project right away without requiring external power supply. Every time you plug in the mini-USB cable, it charges the coin battery automatically. Better still, if you want a beefier battery, you can plug in an external lithium battery through the on-board battery jack. The built-in lithium charger can charge external battery as well. Overall SquareWear 2.0 packs a lot of useful features on a 1.7″ x 1.7″ board. It’s great for wearable electronic projects as well as general-purpose microcontroller projects.
Last weekend I got to tour the Adidas facility outside Philadelphia where some of their smart textile garments are developed. Here are pictures of some of the things I was permitted to photograph! Above is a conductive fabric patch in a soccer training shirt that detects the wearer’s heart rate.
All of Adidas’ electronics modules snap into their garments, proving that a snap link between textiles and ‘tronix isn’t just for DIYers! This is the new bluetooth low energy (BTLE) reporting module.
They test garments for durability in training/sweating, laundering, etc. with some very regular workout and laundry equipment and some very special machines (not pictured).
This is the Mojo 3D printer by Stratasys– just like inkjet printers, an excessive amount of plastic waste comes with every new roll of plastic, including the attached extruder head (seriously?!).
Adidas’ new smart watch has a fancy heart rate sensor at the back– it uses the same idea as the Pulse Sensor, shining light through your skin to detect your pulsating blood flow.
The watch tracks your heart rate, has GPS for tracking speed, pairs with bluetooth headphones, and is marketed for runners. It’s running a full Android build, however, and I think open sourcing the software would enable folks to do a lot more with it! It is comfortable and attractive even on my tiny lady wrists.
The special suit illuminates and reproduces animations in high definition at hyper speed frame-rate. Through a series of illuminated White Magic panels featuring 16000 bright white pixels, gently embroidered onto the fabric, the suit lights up to reflect the feelings and emotions of the pilot in realtime during his driving experience.
I find it interesting to see how inexpensive electronics are constructed. My daughter got this Motion Activated Wrist Light at a school event. All of the kids were wearing them so that every time they clapped in rhythm the entire arena was flashing with a pulse of light. She no longer wanted it so I thought it would be interesting to see what made this simple thing work.
With 24 days left on its Kickstarter, AUUG Motion Synth enables one to “Transform your iPhone or iPod touch into an intuitive and expressive motion-controlled musical instrument” via createdigitalmusic.com:
Transforms your iPhone or iPod touch into a new kind of musical instrument.
Lets you play notes and alter their sound through motion.
Can expressively control a vast array of sounds on your iPhone or iPod touch by ‘playing’ other audio apps.
Allows you to intuitively shape vocal harmonies and effects in real time by controlling harmonizer hardware devices or effect apps.
Can wirelessly control software on a laptop or desktop computer.
Can control non-wireless music hardware via MIDI cable.
Will allow you to design your own forms of motion-based sound control, and share them with others.
Is compatible with iPhone (4S and up) and iPod touch (5th generation and up).