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Innovative Shirt Allows the Deaf to Be Touched by Music #WearableWednesday

https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/05/04/innovative-shirt-allows-the-deaf-to-be-touched-by-music-wearablewednesday/

Although most of the excitement this week has been LED dresses, there is a special buzz with CuteCircuit’s new Sound Shirt which allows deaf people to feel the physical touch of music. The shirt is a collaboration with The Jungen Symphoniker Hamburg who “believe music should be for everyone”. Within the shirt are sensors, similar to their original Hug Shirt, which mimic touching the body. So, different instruments playing during a symphony translate to different haptic sensations. It’s a great experiment and during the video you can see one woman react quite unexpectedly to some strong notes in the classical music.

It’s nice to see CuteCircuit moving in the direction of tech for a cause as they already have beautiful compact design down. Although DIYers frequently explore Arduino as a solution for challenges faced by people, they often neglect the simple pleasures which can be enhanced, like listening to music. So, this project really is a delight because it focuses on something that all people want to enjoy.

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Will You Be Topshop's New Wearable Tech Star? #WearableWednesday
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/05/04/will-you-be-topshops-new-wearable-tech-star-wearablewednesday/

Topshop is encouraging entrepreneurs and startups from around the world to hit them with their best wearable tech ideas according to Wareable. The best will participate in Top Pitch, their four week development program in London that brings creators together with Topshop execs, fashion influencers and biz experts. The epic moment will be pitching to Sir Philip Green of the Arcadia Group. Of course the idea needs to appeal to high street fashion with an accessible price point.

“As a brand we champion new platforms of innovation and we see wearable technology as an exciting area of further exploration,” said Sheena Sauvaire, Topshop’s communications director. “The merge of style and function has yet to have been seen in a true consumer-ready sense.”

Inviting newbs to create fashions is another trend right now and fashion companies have everything to gain. It keeps things relevant, it’s cheaper than hiring fashion designers and it usually comes with better social media in place. It’s also more fun for the consumer. So, what do you have to lose with this program? Nothing. The application is short and sweet allowing you 150 words to explain your concept and another 150 to prove that it is a good fit for Topshop. They insist that they will consider any product no matter where it falls on the timeline, be it a concept or ready for prototyping. So far mentors include journalist Rachel Arthur, Topshop’s fashion director Maddy Evans and co-founder and CEO of Technology Will Save Us, Bethany Koby.

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Will You Be Topshop's New Wearable Tech Star? #WearableWednesday  
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/05/04/will-you-be-topshops-new-wearable-tech-star-wearablewednesday/

Topshop is encouraging entrepreneurs and startups from around the world to hit them with their best wearable tech ideas according to Wareable. The best will participate in Top Pitch, their four week development program in London that brings creators together with Topshop execs, fashion influencers and biz experts. The epic moment will be pitching to Sir Philip Green of the Arcadia Group. Of course the idea needs to appeal to high street fashion with an accessible price point.

“As a brand we champion new platforms of innovation and we see wearable technology as an exciting area of further exploration,” said Sheena Sauvaire, Topshop’s communications director. “The merge of style and function has yet to have been seen in a true consumer-ready sense.”

Inviting newbs to create fashions is another trend right now and fashion companies have everything to gain. It keeps things relevant, it’s cheaper than hiring fashion designers and it usually comes with better social media in place. It’s also more fun for the consumer. So, what do you have to lose with this program? Nothing. The application is short and sweet allowing you 150 words to explain your concept and another 150 to prove that it is a good fit for Topshop. They insist that they will consider any product no matter where it falls on the timeline, be it a concept or ready for prototyping. So far mentors include journalist Rachel Arthur, Topshop’s fashion director Maddy Evans and co-founder and CEO of Technology Will Save Us, Bethany Koby.

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E-Traces: Ballet Slippers That Make Drawings from the Dancer’s Movements #WearableWednesday
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/05/04/e-traces-ballet-slippers-that-make-drawings-from-the-dancers-movements-wearablewednesday/

Via Makezine

If you’re like me, then you may have been accused of dispensing some questionable moves in the vicinity of the dance floor. I’ve always maintained that my critics simply couldn’t grasp the subtlety of my particular style of physical expression, and now I just may have a means of illustrating my point with an ingenious piece of wearable electronics by designer Lesia Trubat González called E-Traces.


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Compare & Contrast: Two ESP8266 WiFi Relay Modules #IoT #IoTuesday
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/05/03/compare-contrast-two-esp8266-wifi-relay-modules-iot-iotuesday/

Whether you already have an Itead Sonoff or the Electrodragon IoT Relay Board, or are simply exploring relay solutions for your IoT project, check out this review by Nathan Chantrell of these two modules.

I’m using these with MQTT and Node-RED so that they seamlessly integrate with the other WiFi and 433MHz remote mains devices that I already have. In day to day use there will be no way to tell which type of device is controlling a particular light or appliance which is just how it should be.

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Smart Compass, Pilgrim, Enables Unexpected Discoveries #Arduino
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/05/04/smart-compass-pilgrim-enables-unexpected-discoveries-arduino/

Awesome project from CIID IDP on vimeo via blog.arduino.cc:

Pilgrim is a compass programmed with Arduino, that provides a tangible interface for discovery without a digital screen. Pilgrim magnetically points people in the direction of their desired location, sourcing data directly from the Yelp API.

Read more: https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/05/04/smart-compass-pilgrim-enables-unexpected-discoveries-arduino/
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These Boots Are Made for Blinking #WearableWednesday
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/05/04/these-boots-are-made-for-blinking-wearablewednesday/

Matt Crans was inspired by the Broadway musical Kinky Boots and decided to create some sultry LED versions of his own. One boot offers a disc-like decoration with an LED that changes on foot-strike, while the other boot uses a row of LEDs that illuminate when stroked. On the disc side he’s using a Lilypad Arduino Simple Board with a piezo as a sensor to create changes in the RGB LED. On the strip side he has a row of LEDs in parallel with breaks in the negative line at each LED, so sliding a finger allows the circuit to be completed briefly for each. That’s what I call a no fuss solution for interactivity. I think this also may be the first wearable project I’ve blogged about inspired by a musical rather than a sci-fi movie. I’m liking it! If anyone else is a boot fan out there, you may want to consider the fun ways you can use sensors to trigger LEDs.

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These Boots Are Made for Blinking #WearableWednesday  
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/05/04/these-boots-are-made-for-blinking-wearablewednesday/

Matt Crans was inspired by the Broadway musical Kinky Boots and decided to create some sultry LED versions of his own. One boot offers a disc-like decoration with an LED that changes on foot-strike, while the other boot uses a row of LEDs that illuminate when stroked. On the disc side he’s using a Lilypad Arduino Simple Board with a piezo as a sensor to create changes in the RGB LED. On the strip side he has a row of LEDs in parallel with breaks in the negative line at each LED, so sliding a finger allows the circuit to be completed briefly for each. That’s what I call a no fuss solution for interactivity. I think this also may be the first wearable project I’ve blogged about inspired by a musical rather than a sci-fi movie. I’m liking it! If anyone else is a boot fan out there, you may want to consider the fun ways you can use sensors to trigger LEDs.

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/05/04/these-boots-are-made-for-blinking-wearablewednesday/

#wearables   #wearabletech   #tech   #fashion   #broadway   #diy  
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Innovative Shirt Allows the Deaf to Be Touched by Music #WearableWednesday  

https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/05/04/innovative-shirt-allows-the-deaf-to-be-touched-by-music-wearablewednesday/

Although most of the excitement this week has been LED dresses, there is a special buzz with CuteCircuit’s new Sound Shirt which allows deaf people to feel the physical touch of music. The shirt is a collaboration with The Jungen Symphoniker Hamburg who “believe music should be for everyone”. Within the shirt are sensors, similar to their original Hug Shirt, which mimic touching the body. So, different instruments playing during a symphony translate to different haptic sensations. It’s a great experiment and during the video you can see one woman react quite unexpectedly to some strong notes in the classical music.

It’s nice to see CuteCircuit moving in the direction of tech for a cause as they already have beautiful compact design down. Although DIYers frequently explore Arduino as a solution for challenges faced by people, they often neglect the simple pleasures which can be enhanced, like listening to music. So, this project really is a delight because it focuses on something that all people want to enjoy.

Read More
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/05/04/innovative-shirt-allows-the-deaf-to-be-touched-by-music-wearablewednesday/

#wearables   #wearabletech   #accessibility   #deaf   #art   #music  
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Awesome. So they feel the beat of the music?
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Assembling NASA’s Valkyrie Robot #NASA #robots
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/05/04/assembling-nasas-valkyrie-robot-nasa-robots/

CSAIL researchers received the 6-foot-tall, 300-pound “Valkyrie” robot from NASA with the goal of programming it to autonomously perform a variety of tasks that would allow it to help or even replace astronauts on future space missions. The team’s work will focus on developing robust perception, planning and control algorithms.

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Creating a Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel #WearableWednesday
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/05/04/creating-a-prosthetic-hand-that-can-feel-wearablewednesday/

Via IEEE Spectrum

Wearing a blindfold and noise-canceling headphones, Igor Spetic gropes for the bowl in front of him, reaches into it, and picks up a cherry by its stem. He uses his left hand, which is his own flesh and blood. His right hand, though, is a plastic and metal prosthetic, the consequence of an industrial accident. Spetic is a volunteer in our research at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and he has been using this “myoelectric” device for years, controlling it by flexing the muscles in his right arm. The prosthetic, typical of those used by amputees, provides only crude control. As we watch, Spetic grabs the cherry between his prosthetic thumb and forefinger so that he can pull off the stem. Instead, the fruit bursts between his fingers.

Read more: https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/05/04/creating-a-prosthetic-hand-that-can-feel-wearablewednesday/
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Creating a Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel #WearableWednesday
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Via IEEE Spectrum

Wearing a blindfold and noise-canceling headphones, Igor Spetic gropes for the bowl in front of him, reaches into it, and picks up a cherry by its stem. He uses his left hand, which is his own flesh and blood. His right hand, though, is a plastic and metal prosthetic, the consequence of an industrial accident. Spetic is a volunteer in our research at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and he has been using this “myoelectric” device for years, controlling it by flexing the muscles in his right arm. The prosthetic, typical of those used by amputees, provides only crude control. As we watch, Spetic grabs the cherry between his prosthetic thumb and forefinger so that he can pull off the stem. Instead, the fruit bursts between his fingers.

Read more: https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/05/04/creating-a-prosthetic-hand-that-can-feel-wearablewednesday/
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Limor Fried (ladyada) is the founder & engineer of Adafruit Industries. Adafruit makes all-original DIY electronics kits - is a New York City based company that sells kits and parts for original, open source hardware electronics projects featured on www.adafruit.com as well as other cool open source tronix' that we think are interesting and well-made. Limor was on the cover of WIRED and was an EFF pioneer award winner for open-source hardware.
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