Generating Embroidery with an Arduino on Hackaday:
Embroidermodder is an open source tool for generating embroidery patterns. It generates a pattern and a preview rendering of what the embroidery will look like when complete. It’s a cross-platform desktop application with a GUI, but the libembroidery library does the hard work in the background. This library was ported to Arduino to pull off the hack.
So i just created my first project using the trinket 3v version.
I bought it for this project specifically and i completed it in two days. I’m a member of the 501st Legion (a worldwide star wars costuming organization) and we make screen accurate costumes. One of the challenges we have is getting the props to look right, specially lights and sounds. This is where I found lots of potential for the trinket, it has enough memory for simple programs that do not require more than 5 io’s etc.
So when I saw what the trinket could do I just went and bought two. This is the first one and I will start working on the next: Automatic helmet ventilation.
One thing I could not get to work is the pin4 PWM its no biggie but i just couldn’t make it work.
Thanks for watching. And thanks to Adafruit for this awesome device, It’s going to be in most if not all of my props from now on.
Up close and behind the scenes at the landmark New York Fashion Week debut of the interactive fashion label CuteCircuit. The show brings for the first time to a major international fashion week fashions that include advanced wearable technology, seamlessly integrated in beautiful couture and demi-couture ready-to-wear. For the first time in fashion’s history the models control what their dresses will look like on the runway through their mobile phones.
While some are exploring the use of solar energy with clothing, Kolon Sport is exploring wind energy, according to Design Week. Its Life Tech jacket has a tri-layered system for water and wind protection, and also features a first aid and survival kit. But the real interest lies in its power generation capability.
It also features a wind-turbine mounted on the jacket sleeve, which can be angled to generate power throughout the day when the wearer is on the move. It can be used to power devices such as GPS and smartphones, as well as the jacket’s built-in Heatex system, which provides up to seven hours of heat up to a temperature of 40-50ºC.
The wind turbine can also be attached to the side of a tent at night for continued energy harvesting.
The jacket was developed by Semourpowell to address basic needs such as shelter, warmth and communication.
Ian Whatley, associate design director at SeymourPowell, says, ‘The concept was born from invaluable insights gathered by working with leading experts in extreme survival; so we’re absolutely confident that the design and features are based on solid foundations.
Although this garment is designed for survival, it may have a use in windy cities. Could a daily commute include wind power? Attaching a turbine at the elbow allows for hand movement and stride, but perhaps it could be done on the back of belts or on top of hats. Just a few weeks ago, wind turbines the size of rice were in the news, so perhaps wind energy in our threads will eventually be common.
If you are like most people, a white shirt doesn’t stay clean for long. Maybe you don’t relish the idea of smelling like bleach at the next party. Hello, nanotechnology! Check out this practical example as reported on CNet.
Silic is billed as “self-cleaning clothing with hydrophobic nanotechnology,” and it’s nearly tripled its funding goal on Kickstarter. Silic creator Aamir Patel, a San Francisco student who successfully funded shirts that can be written on with light, holds a can of NeverWet in the promo vid and says it contains a chemical known to cause cancer and birth defects, referring to California warnings on the label. (Rust-Oleum, maker of NeverWet, counters that the product is safe.)
Patel says the Silic shirt doesn’t pose such dangers, and resists everything from sodas to ketchup to soy sauce, and, of course, water and bacteria. This feature is said to last up to 80 wash cycles.
Check out the clean shirt dream yourself.
Nanotechnology is already being used to take ordinary cotton and give it color changing properties, making it useful for military, as well as fashion purposes. Now we just need Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak.
Meet Vanilla Nieves, Chihuahua and professional model. She recently garnered attention at the New York Pet Fashion Show with her LED studded skirt and collar. Her couture was designed by two Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) pet fashion designers — Ada Nieves and Gladys Delgado-Garced. Here’s what Gladys had to say about the design.
I attend a dog fundraiser each February, and based on the theme, I come up with a design. This year it was luminaries, and when my friend sent me the skirt I thought, why not do rain patterns?
Gladys loves LEDs and immediately set to work on constructing the circuit. She started with a small matrix and gradually increased the size, testing as she went along. The final skirt had a total of 96 surface mount LEDs — 81 on the skirt matrix and 15 on the collar matrix.
I like the electronics, the fact that the animations can be changed hundreds of times. I like the way the matrix turned out, and with the two microcontrollers you can do patterns like diamonds, rain and X’s. People were in awe and very impressed. They really liked the lights and even MTV was there. I like that pets can enjoy fashion, too!
Obviously these two ladies enjoy their petite clients, so expect to see more glam designs. Want to turn your dog into Lady ChiHuaHua? Get a FLORA or GEMMA microcontroller and some NeoPixels for your creation.
New York fashion-tech startup Bow & Drape has raised $1.2 million in seed funding to help women make custom apparel and accessories online that will be “enduring statement pieces” in their wardrobes, Chief Executive Aubrie Pagano said.
The company is one of several “mass customization” businesses to attain venture funding and move into experiments with 3-D printing of late. For example, Matter.io’s experimental store DYO.co and Sols Systems Inc. are using 3-D printing to make jewelry and orthotics, respectively.
Bow & Drape’s textiles and leather are sourced, manufactured or sewn by vendor-partners around the U.S., including in New York and Las Vegas. But the company 3-D prints some of its accessories.
The startup plans to use some of its funding to create and sell new lines of accessories in 2014, relying on another New York startup, Shapeways Inc., for 3-D printing of those items.
Larger brands are also embracing 3-D printing. Last year, Nike Inc. introduced 3-D printed cleats, dubbed the Vapor Laser Talon, which were worn by NFL players in the Super Bowl; and this month, 3D Systems Corp. and Hershey Co. launched a partnership to develop a variety of 3-D printed chocolates and even printers that will extrude 3-D chocolates.
PixMob’s job is to make performances interactive and immersive; they typically do this by embedding LEDs into objects that an audience interacts with. They’ve dropped LED-filled beach balls onto audiences, turned raving crowds into a pixelated mob with LED-fueled wristbands and set flight to swarms of firefly-like objects that shimmer over crowds.
In the case of the Super Bowl halftime show, PixMob embedded three LEDs and an infrared receiver into each stocking cap. The stadium was outfitted with 14 transmitters which beamed video onto the audience, almost like a matrix creating a virtual map. “We’re essentially dealing with invisible data,” Leclerc explained. Depending on a person’s location, his or her hat’s receiver decoded the infrared signal differently, turning it into visible red, green or blue light to create the animated effects.
Leclerc compares it to an extremely low-res TV screen. “Eighty-thousand people sounds like a lot,” he said. “But when you look at it on a computer screen, 80,000 pixels is not much.” Though it would have been cool, this is why you didn’t see crisp, highly-detailed video feedback of Bruno Mars being reflected in the audience. Instead, PixMob used bright colors and bold movements to achieve their effects.
1. Gather the Supplies 2. Fill a stainless steel pot with just enough water for 1 yd of ribbon to move freely (about 2 cups). Turn heat on high. 3. Add an 1/8 teaspoon of iDye Poly soluble dye packet and an 1/8 teaspoon of iDye Color Intensifier to water. Stir until dissolved. 4. Add pre-wetted ribbon and bring to a rolling boil. Maintain temperature and stir frequently for 10 minutes. For uniform color, use constant agitation with a wooden stirrer. 5. Rinse the ribbon in the sink until it washes clear. 6. Machine wash the ribbon in it’s own cycle with a mild detergent and dry.
Note: Utensils and Pot for Dyeing should NOT be used for Food
Conductive thread ribbon cable – White – 1 yard – This lightweight, flexible fabric ribbon cable contains four channels of conductive thread, perfect for wiring up wearables where flexibility is key. Use it to connect your conductive fabric gamepad to your microcontroller or computer!
Steve Hoefer designed a diy project for making your own Tacit, a glove with sonar feedback to help the blind “see”. via ecouterre
Meet the Tacit, otherwise known as the “Hand-Mounted Haptic Feedback Sonar Obstacle Avoidance Assistance Device.” While it may look like something your favorite mutant superhero might sport, the glove has very real-world applications. Designed by Steve Hoefer of Grathio Labs, the haptic device comprises ultrasonic sensors that allow the blind to “see” their surroundings much like bats, dolphins, and Daredevil do.
By sending out pulses that sense objects from an inch to 10 feet away, then using small servomotors to apply pressure on the wrist to denote distance and location, the glove is able to help the visually impaired navigate complex environments with ease. (Reponse time is fractions of a second, says Hoefer.)
Hoefer provides detailed instructions on how to make your own for about $65.
The coolest part? Rather than sell the Tacit for an impossible price, Hoefer provides detailed instructions on how to make your own for about $65. “I don’t see the point of an accessibility device that has an inaccessible price tag,” Hoefer says. Just don’t be a jerk and sell it without asking him first, he adds.
Power Lace’s like Marty McFly’s from Back to the Future II will soon be a reality, from sole collector.
There are sneaker releases, and then there was the Nike MAG launch in 2011. Without as much as a hint, Nike produced Marty McFly’s fictional high-top from Back to the Future II and auctioned off 1,500 pairs on eBay, with all proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. In the end, sneakerheads, film aficionados and celebrities spent nearly $6 million to claim a piece of history.
However, as transcendent as the launch was, something was missing. When McFly wore his pair in the movie, they were equipped with power laces. While Nike went above and beyond to put the release together, they weren’t quite ready for the futuristic lacing system. But why should they have been? MAGs technically weren’t a reality until 2015, which is now less than a year away.
During an appearance at the Jordan Brand’s Flight Lab space in New Orleans earlier today, designer Tinker Hatfield was asked about the possibility of seeing power lacing next year, and his answer may surprise you.
“Are we gonna see power laces in 2015? To that, I say YES!” said Hatfield.
So there you have it. The man himself confirming that we will be seeing power laces again in 2015.
But will they be the actual Nike MAG, or instead a new model that self-laces? We’ll have to wait and see….
Today, we bring you part two on the cutting-edge field with Human Health, an exploration into how wearables in the medical community are optimizing patient care, as well as making health and athletics both safer and smarter.
More than just communication, wearables have the ability to keep us more informed about our bodies and our health. In this second installment, we talked to doctors, professors, and even a former NFL player who are all using wearables to evolve and improve health and wellness.
Watch our documentary above, but continue reading to see three specific areas of health where experts are integrating wearables to improve how we understand our bodies.
Wearable technology may be extending human intelligence into the next frontier of new media and intelligence. Whether we’re talking about makeup that controls drones, LED-enhanced dresses, or other wearable devices that push the boundaries of personal computing, the topic is both futuristic and vital right now. To spotlight the evolution of such exciting creativity, The Creators Project is exploring the topic in a five-part documentary series called Make It Wearable, in support of Intel’s own Make It Wearable challenge.
While we don’t know the limits of wearables, the innovations within the field are inspiring human-technology connection like never before, while also forcing the world to reconsider our formerly-held notions about the limits of tech.
Part One: Human Communication (which can be watched above) zones in on the various interpretations of wearable devices, and spotlights a few innovators who are already using wearables to push the boundaries of communication and machinery, including MITs Media Lab (which feels like something out of a sci-fi movie), mobile-journalist Tim Pool, and other luminaries in the field.