Jackson (companion, best friend, and fellow maker) and I opened up an Etsy Shop. Check it out, and learn more about us; Steel and Stone!
Right now, we have some of my knot and recycled PCB jewelry and his awesome iron cord stoppers (video below). Soon I will be posting all of my wearable pieces for made to order...including the gorgeous black Starlight evening gown. (;
This project kind of made me hate wearables that involve more than just LEDs... and I am all kinds of angsty about it, as it still doesn't work and I don't know why and it makes me feel like I am terrible with wearables. But I have to write a blog on the process for my wearables class. So here it goes, with a hint o' salt.
Why was this made?
In dance, turn out is important, and it also something I have struggled with. Turn out is dependent on the skeletal and muscular structure of the individual, so you're partially born with it, and you can get better at it. (For those of you who would like to learn more about turnout, here is a turn out FAQ guide.)
Turn out is linked to injury and ego of dancers, and defines types of motion in dance, I created this to possibly help prevent injury, by being able to recognize an individuals natural turn out, and then learning how to healthily augment that, and making sure that turn out is kept in check while dancing.
What shall we learn today?
Solder together the accelerometers and the Lilypad.
[blue] SDA & 330 resistor --- SDA & 330 resistor --- 2
[purple] SCL & 330 resistor --- SCL & 330 resistor --- 3
[red] 11 --- 11 --- 11
[white] 12 --- 12 --- 10
[brown] GND --- GND --- GND
Glue the accelerometer circuit and LEDs down to the fabric.
Make sure to insulate the chip and the soldered parts because those come apart really easily with any movement.
Also when gluing down the rest of the ribbon wire, gather the ribbon wire in the middle in between the sensors and glue. This allows the fabric to stretch without tangling.
Solder LED circuit.
I used 6 red (3 low end, 3 high end), 4 yellow (2 low end, 2 high end), and 2 green (one on each pin with the yellow high and low ends), partly because of what I had on hand, and partially I wanted to be able to write he code so that I could light up parts of a range with a too-low end and a too-high end, and a just right middle.
Code. Upload the code while you have time to fix your circuit. Make sure you're getting readings from the accelerometers, (you don't need to get personal calibration right quite yet).
Sew in all together.
a. Cut a slit in the top and poke the Lilypad through to the other side, then fold over the top hem, sewing around, all but about 6in in front where the electronics are.