Sensual bracelet

April 05, 2010
Tags: bracelet, schemer, video

Check out this wonderfully sensual (though brief) bracelet video from a customer. They got their hands on schemer, and programmed it to twinkle the lights when he brushes her arm.

I really like the concept of having a twinkling background in this video.

Animated textiles by Meg Grant.

March 31, 2010
Tags: etextiles, animation, motors

Delightful textile experiments, by way of Meg Grant

She made folded patterns that open and close when you power the motor. Really simple, elegant, and tasteful. It shows an alternative to animating textiles that don't use nitinol wire (and are simpler to get going). There are more examples on the site, but this was my fave. (Via Syuzi)

Sessile handbag.

March 31, 2010
Tags: bags, soft electric, twinkle

Grace Kim, of Soft Electric created this delightful hand knitted sessile handbag. "The tiny LEDs alternately fade in and out, creating a gently pleasing light," in this exploration of merging natural forms with technology.

I really enjoyed the attention to detail in this bag, like the tiny "barnacles" applied to it. Très bien.

Weight-sensitive backpack

March 30, 2010
Tags: schemer, sensors, weight, lightboards

I've been traveling a lot with my backpack, sometimes putting too much in it, which is bad for my back. Taking a cue from this weight-sensing tote on Instructables, I decided to build one using schemer.

With the schemer web interface on my iPhone, I can quickly calibrate it for my needs, or make it do random flashing patterns anytime I want, without breaking out a USB cable or anything.

The 3 volt felt battery holder is eye-catching too, no?

Adafruit Industries celebrates "24 hours of Lady Ada Lovelace day"

March 24, 2010
Tags: Lady Ada Lovelace, Celebration

Adafruit writes:
"Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging (videologging, podcasting, comic drawing etc.!) to draw attention to the achievements of women in technology and science. Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognized."

Sites like Adafruit Industries are singing and blogging about these heroines all day, so please check out the list of inspiring women from all sorts of fields: arts/science/tech

"Who was Ada? Ada Lovelace Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programs for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software."

Pictures from Adafruit's site.

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