I’ve made a whole lot of progress since my last update!
When I was in class last week, I was discussing with Annet how I should go about the display for this piece on the display stands we’ll have for the final show at OpenWorks. There were a whole bunch of scrap wood cut-outs from cutting all the display stand pieces on the CNC router, and Annet suggested I take some of these and make a kind of secondary display stand for the glove display.
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Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve had much of a chance to make any updates about my project’s progress. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been plenty busy, but I guess just too busy to keep up on posts like I should have.
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There are three main components of this project: the gloves (along with separate “finger covers”), the GSR detector, and the LED array. There’s also going to be some kind of a display element for the final presentation of the piece, but I haven’t yet decided what kind of a display method I’m going to be using, so I’m not sure yet whether I’m going to need to make anything for that yet or not. Continue reading →
Nov. 2nd- Finalize which type of sensor I’m going to use; get feedback about knitting patterns and what kind of materials I should use; think about possible implications/concepts behind various types of glove patterns
Nov. 3rd- Have electronics supplies ordered
Nov. 9th- Have all supplies known at present bought, except for LEDs; have swatch of knitting completed; have a glove pattern decided on and acquired and knitting on the main gauntlet started; if possible (if supplies arrive) have circuit ready for testing on a breadboard; determine number and kind of LEDs needed; start thinking about display
Nov. 16th- Have circuit ready for testing; have finger “sleeves” finished being knit and test conductivity; more progress on main gauntlets; have programming/processing with the Arduino underway; have display method decided on; order flora and LEDs
Nov. 23rd- Keep working on everything
Nov. 24th- Eat lots of turkey
Nov. 30th- Have all knitting completed; have all testing completed, programming/processing completed, and all circuits ready to be “installed” into gloves; have LED attachment to gloves underway; determine size that the photos for display should be
Dec. 6th- Have gloves completed; document gloves in action; get photos printed
Dec. 7th- Gloves completed; display completed, including photo documentation of gloves in action
During my individual meeting with our teachers last week discussing my research project, we talked about what kinds of possible inputs my wearable could be measuring in order to maximize accuracy and visual/conceptual interest of the final output. This has also got me thinking about what exactly are the things I should be measuring. The first and probably most important one is skin temperature. Continue reading →
I think I’m starting to get a pretty good handle on what I want to do for my research project. I’ve been wanting to try and find a way to mesh traditional craft with emerging technologies, as both of these practices are really important and interesting to me. Continue reading →
As I’m kind of narrowing down my focus on what my research project might potentially be, this phrase keeps getting stuck in my head- “wearing your heart on your sleeve”. It’s been coming up in my brain a lot, I think, due to the fact that, while I’ve got a pretty good handle on the kind of general thing I’m want to make–a wearable that visually represents changes in body temperature to reflect changing emotions–I’ve been really struggling as to what kind of form it should take. Continue reading →