The heart monitor LED T-shirt is coming along!

The pulse sensor code uses interrupts that the Gemma doesn’t have. I’ll have to find another way… The heart monitor LED T-shirt is coming along!

The pulse sensor code uses interrupts that the Gemma doesn’t have. I’ll have to find another way…

The heart monitor LED T-shirt is coming along!

The pulse sensor code uses interrupts that the Gemma doesn’t have. I’ll have to find another way…

Heart Rate T-Shirt
Here are some sketches showing what I had in mind for the heart rate monitor t-shirt with heart shaped LEDs that pulse.
I learned from my last wearables project that having conductive thread showing on the outside of your clothes makes it look kinda messy, so this time I plan to make it clean. The idea here is to assemble all the components on a separate piece of fabric and attach it to the underside of the t-shirt so that you can’t actually see the components when it’s off and not blinking. When it’s on, you should be able to see the light from behind the fabric. It’s like a sandwich with the electronics in the middle.
Maker Faire here I come!
Get more info and buy your tickets for Las Vegas’ Mini Maker Faire at http://makerfairevegas.com/ Heart Rate T-Shirt
Here are some sketches showing what I had in mind for the heart rate monitor t-shirt with heart shaped LEDs that pulse.
I learned from my last wearables project that having conductive thread showing on the outside of your clothes makes it look kinda messy, so this time I plan to make it clean. The idea here is to assemble all the components on a separate piece of fabric and attach it to the underside of the t-shirt so that you can’t actually see the components when it’s off and not blinking. When it’s on, you should be able to see the light from behind the fabric. It’s like a sandwich with the electronics in the middle.
Maker Faire here I come!
Get more info and buy your tickets for Las Vegas’ Mini Maker Faire at http://makerfairevegas.com/

Heart Rate T-Shirt

Here are some sketches showing what I had in mind for the heart rate monitor t-shirt with heart shaped LEDs that pulse.

I learned from my last wearables project that having conductive thread showing on the outside of your clothes makes it look kinda messy, so this time I plan to make it clean. The idea here is to assemble all the components on a separate piece of fabric and attach it to the underside of the t-shirt so that you can’t actually see the components when it’s off and not blinking. When it’s on, you should be able to see the light from behind the fabric. It’s like a sandwich with the electronics in the middle.

Maker Faire here I come!

Get more info and buy your tickets for Las Vegas’ Mini Maker Faire at http://makerfairevegas.com/

Maker Fair is next week!

I need something to show! I gave away the LED hoodie and the vending machine is kinda large to bring.

I think I’ll make another wearables project!

How about a heart rate monitor t-shirt with heart shaped LEDs?

Get more info and buy your tickets for Las Vegas’ Mini Maker Faire at http://makerfairevegas.com/

Secret Project - LED Hoodie Sweatshirt

I’ve been working really hard at getting everything to work and now that is has, I’ve gone ahead and shown you what it looks like (on my last post)

But I wanted to show all the parts I missed before I forget. This isn’t a how-to, just more of a “what I did”.

My niece is turning 15 and I thought she needed a more sophisticated/advanced present this year. What better way to show off her uniqueness than with a walking light show? LEDs were a hit recently in New York fashion too, so this fit perfect.

Every step from beginning to operational:

Secret Project Update

We have light! It took me forever to sew in the NeoPixels but they finally work.

I’ll make another post later about the steps in between but for now, enjoy this video.

So I’m done with the pocket. It took longer than expected because sewing is kinda hard to do. I’m getting the hang of it now though. The fabric for the pocket was leftover from a wearables class I helped out with at SYNShop, the local hackerspace and my fav hangout spot. I thought it was a pretty cool aquarium pattern.
Birthday is in a few days so I’m putting this project into overdrive. Today I’ll finish sewing in the NeoPixels. I hope it goes well because I’m kinda skipping the testing phase. All or nothing now! (not normally recommended but you do what you gotta do)
The pocket will hold the battery that powers the whole jam. 4400mAh @ 5v with a max output of ~1A so it should last a long while. Each pixel takes 60mA max and I’ve got 20 of them which comes out to 1.2A. A little higher than what I’ve got but that’s ok. They’ll work but appear a little less brighter than max which is not bad for something you’re walking around in. So I’m done with the pocket. It took longer than expected because sewing is kinda hard to do. I’m getting the hang of it now though. The fabric for the pocket was leftover from a wearables class I helped out with at SYNShop, the local hackerspace and my fav hangout spot. I thought it was a pretty cool aquarium pattern.
Birthday is in a few days so I’m putting this project into overdrive. Today I’ll finish sewing in the NeoPixels. I hope it goes well because I’m kinda skipping the testing phase. All or nothing now! (not normally recommended but you do what you gotta do)
The pocket will hold the battery that powers the whole jam. 4400mAh @ 5v with a max output of ~1A so it should last a long while. Each pixel takes 60mA max and I’ve got 20 of them which comes out to 1.2A. A little higher than what I’ve got but that’s ok. They’ll work but appear a little less brighter than max which is not bad for something you’re walking around in. So I’m done with the pocket. It took longer than expected because sewing is kinda hard to do. I’m getting the hang of it now though. The fabric for the pocket was leftover from a wearables class I helped out with at SYNShop, the local hackerspace and my fav hangout spot. I thought it was a pretty cool aquarium pattern.
Birthday is in a few days so I’m putting this project into overdrive. Today I’ll finish sewing in the NeoPixels. I hope it goes well because I’m kinda skipping the testing phase. All or nothing now! (not normally recommended but you do what you gotta do)
The pocket will hold the battery that powers the whole jam. 4400mAh @ 5v with a max output of ~1A so it should last a long while. Each pixel takes 60mA max and I’ve got 20 of them which comes out to 1.2A. A little higher than what I’ve got but that’s ok. They’ll work but appear a little less brighter than max which is not bad for something you’re walking around in. So I’m done with the pocket. It took longer than expected because sewing is kinda hard to do. I’m getting the hang of it now though. The fabric for the pocket was leftover from a wearables class I helped out with at SYNShop, the local hackerspace and my fav hangout spot. I thought it was a pretty cool aquarium pattern.
Birthday is in a few days so I’m putting this project into overdrive. Today I’ll finish sewing in the NeoPixels. I hope it goes well because I’m kinda skipping the testing phase. All or nothing now! (not normally recommended but you do what you gotta do)
The pocket will hold the battery that powers the whole jam. 4400mAh @ 5v with a max output of ~1A so it should last a long while. Each pixel takes 60mA max and I’ve got 20 of them which comes out to 1.2A. A little higher than what I’ve got but that’s ok. They’ll work but appear a little less brighter than max which is not bad for something you’re walking around in. So I’m done with the pocket. It took longer than expected because sewing is kinda hard to do. I’m getting the hang of it now though. The fabric for the pocket was leftover from a wearables class I helped out with at SYNShop, the local hackerspace and my fav hangout spot. I thought it was a pretty cool aquarium pattern.
Birthday is in a few days so I’m putting this project into overdrive. Today I’ll finish sewing in the NeoPixels. I hope it goes well because I’m kinda skipping the testing phase. All or nothing now! (not normally recommended but you do what you gotta do)
The pocket will hold the battery that powers the whole jam. 4400mAh @ 5v with a max output of ~1A so it should last a long while. Each pixel takes 60mA max and I’ve got 20 of them which comes out to 1.2A. A little higher than what I’ve got but that’s ok. They’ll work but appear a little less brighter than max which is not bad for something you’re walking around in. So I’m done with the pocket. It took longer than expected because sewing is kinda hard to do. I’m getting the hang of it now though. The fabric for the pocket was leftover from a wearables class I helped out with at SYNShop, the local hackerspace and my fav hangout spot. I thought it was a pretty cool aquarium pattern.
Birthday is in a few days so I’m putting this project into overdrive. Today I’ll finish sewing in the NeoPixels. I hope it goes well because I’m kinda skipping the testing phase. All or nothing now! (not normally recommended but you do what you gotta do)
The pocket will hold the battery that powers the whole jam. 4400mAh @ 5v with a max output of ~1A so it should last a long while. Each pixel takes 60mA max and I’ve got 20 of them which comes out to 1.2A. A little higher than what I’ve got but that’s ok. They’ll work but appear a little less brighter than max which is not bad for something you’re walking around in. So I’m done with the pocket. It took longer than expected because sewing is kinda hard to do. I’m getting the hang of it now though. The fabric for the pocket was leftover from a wearables class I helped out with at SYNShop, the local hackerspace and my fav hangout spot. I thought it was a pretty cool aquarium pattern.
Birthday is in a few days so I’m putting this project into overdrive. Today I’ll finish sewing in the NeoPixels. I hope it goes well because I’m kinda skipping the testing phase. All or nothing now! (not normally recommended but you do what you gotta do)
The pocket will hold the battery that powers the whole jam. 4400mAh @ 5v with a max output of ~1A so it should last a long while. Each pixel takes 60mA max and I’ve got 20 of them which comes out to 1.2A. A little higher than what I’ve got but that’s ok. They’ll work but appear a little less brighter than max which is not bad for something you’re walking around in. So I’m done with the pocket. It took longer than expected because sewing is kinda hard to do. I’m getting the hang of it now though. The fabric for the pocket was leftover from a wearables class I helped out with at SYNShop, the local hackerspace and my fav hangout spot. I thought it was a pretty cool aquarium pattern.
Birthday is in a few days so I’m putting this project into overdrive. Today I’ll finish sewing in the NeoPixels. I hope it goes well because I’m kinda skipping the testing phase. All or nothing now! (not normally recommended but you do what you gotta do)
The pocket will hold the battery that powers the whole jam. 4400mAh @ 5v with a max output of ~1A so it should last a long while. Each pixel takes 60mA max and I’ve got 20 of them which comes out to 1.2A. A little higher than what I’ve got but that’s ok. They’ll work but appear a little less brighter than max which is not bad for something you’re walking around in. So I’m done with the pocket. It took longer than expected because sewing is kinda hard to do. I’m getting the hang of it now though. The fabric for the pocket was leftover from a wearables class I helped out with at SYNShop, the local hackerspace and my fav hangout spot. I thought it was a pretty cool aquarium pattern.
Birthday is in a few days so I’m putting this project into overdrive. Today I’ll finish sewing in the NeoPixels. I hope it goes well because I’m kinda skipping the testing phase. All or nothing now! (not normally recommended but you do what you gotta do)
The pocket will hold the battery that powers the whole jam. 4400mAh @ 5v with a max output of ~1A so it should last a long while. Each pixel takes 60mA max and I’ve got 20 of them which comes out to 1.2A. A little higher than what I’ve got but that’s ok. They’ll work but appear a little less brighter than max which is not bad for something you’re walking around in.

So I’m done with the pocket. It took longer than expected because sewing is kinda hard to do. I’m getting the hang of it now though. The fabric for the pocket was leftover from a wearables class I helped out with at SYNShop, the local hackerspace and my fav hangout spot. I thought it was a pretty cool aquarium pattern.

Birthday is in a few days so I’m putting this project into overdrive. Today I’ll finish sewing in the NeoPixels. I hope it goes well because I’m kinda skipping the testing phase. All or nothing now! (not normally recommended but you do what you gotta do)

The pocket will hold the battery that powers the whole jam. 4400mAh @ 5v with a max output of ~1A so it should last a long while. Each pixel takes 60mA max and I’ve got 20 of them which comes out to 1.2A. A little higher than what I’ve got but that’s ok. They’ll work but appear a little less brighter than max which is not bad for something you’re walking around in.

Secret Project Update

Sweatshirt just came in! It’s thinner than I thought it would be. It’s single layer fleece and I was hoping it would have been a double layer cotton blend. That way I could hide the conductive thread in between the layers, but this will have to do.

It’s time to get moving on this. I’ll be going to the shop this weekend to start on the sewing.

Update on the Secret Project:

LEDs are working! They’re reacting to some sound. I’ve been monitoring it over music but I wondered how it would react to simple human speech. Looking good!

Apparel has been ordered too!

Secret Project #2

#2 because everyone has a Secret Project, but this is a new one.

This is a birthday gift idea for my soon to be 15-year-old niece. Basically the idea is a sound reactive LED lit hooded sweatshirt. The LEDs will live in the hood lining, a microphone will pick up sounds and create a light show lighting her face up.

I’m fixing a broken iPod Touch 4th Gen for her and what better way to jam out to some tunes than with a LED light show. Dance party style!

Anyway, it’s just an idea. I’ll be starting on this soon though. I ordered about $113 worth of parts, so we’ll see how much this actually costs. This will be my first wearables tech project, so wish me luck!

Parts are from Adafruit.com

This is a REprogrammable credit card! I’m excited because this is an idea that many of us have had, but now it’s becoming a reality.

This device lets you store all your credit, debit, ATM, gift, loyalty and membership cards together in one physical card. Frees up your entire wallet for an ID and just some cash.

It also will alert you when you’ve left it somewhere. AND! will deactivate after a period of time away from your phone. So if you lose your wallet, your cards stay safe! How cool is that??

Even cooler, it’s powered by a super low energy Arduino and connects to your phone using the Bluetooth Low Energy spec (BLE).

Oh did I mention that it’s only $55?

Also I get a $5 discount for every referral. I was gonna share this anyway regardless of the discount, so I didn’t see any harm in putting up the link.

https://onlycoin.com/?referral=20h8KzGF