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Knit Stretch Sensors

Posted August 20, 2012 by Chris

“A hand knitted 3x6cm rectangle from Schoeller’s Nm 10/3, 80% PES, 20% Inox steel fiber (M869) conductive (resistive) wool. The range is between 10-5K Ohm resting and 200 Ohm when fully stretched.”

Neoprene Bend Sensor

Posted August 1, 2012 by Chris

“We find that this construction method gives good results (sensitivity) for measuring the bend of human joints when attached to the body. It is sensitive enough to register even slight bend and has a large enough range to still get information when the limbs are fully bent.”

Microcontroller Musical Gloves

Posted March 6, 2012 by Chris

“The system tracks finger presses, which start and stop notes, and hand motion, which determines the loudness and octave of each note. The Musical Gloves are connected via a wireless RF connection to a host PC, which processes the finger presses and accelerometer readings in order to control the musical output. This project created and build by Steve Kranish.”

Makerbot Watch

Posted August 23, 2011 by Chris

A watch might not seem impressive but this design is a great resource for those wanting to go further into DIY electronics. The article shows a from beginning to finish design of an LED watch using the Arduino IDE. The PCB design and 3d models show you exactly how capable even a DIYer is with the right tools.

An E-mail Counting T-Shirt

Posted August 10, 2011 by Chris

It might seem like overkill and it is, but here’s a t-shirt that lets you know how many new e-mails you have waiting in your inbox. The system is designed using the Lilypad ‘clothing mod’ technology and some off the shelf wireless modules.

Binary/POV custom wristwatch

Posted July 18, 2011 by Chris

Similar to my own Pyro POV here’s one that can replace your wrist watch! The binary watch POV uses the ‘persistence of vision’ trick to tell you what time it is. Although seemingly dangerous to have to swing your arm real fast whenever you want to know the time, the large coolness factor levels things out.

Tron Styled Bag Using EL Wire

Posted July 11, 2011 by Chris

Everyone loves Tron, and the new Tron: Legacy. But why, hasn’t a Tron clothing line come out yet? Some DIYers have taken up the task to show you how to make your own Tron styled clothing using EL Wire. Take a look at this article and tutorial video to find out how it is done.

Electrically Heated Jacket

Posted August 1, 2008 by Chris

This clothing mod just has dangerous written all over it, but then again it doesn’t snow here so perhaps it is the life saver it seems to be. Using a 9v battery & some standard wire inserted throughout a jacket and you have an electrically heated jacket. Pretty simple, check out the project write-up for more info.

Picodore 64

Posted July 19, 2008 by Chris

The picodore 64 is a commodore 64 based PDA. It has a full keyboard and most the standard I/O ports a computer should have. The write-up has a lot of pictures and further details if you’re interested in building your own.

Virtual Keyboard Glove

Posted April 19, 2008 by Chris

Another cool application of accelerometers is in this acceleration sensing glove. This project write-up comes from a student at Berkeley tasked with deciphering hand motions/gestures. The software & schematics are all right there waiting for you.