Wearables Basic

Image via Lauren Dehrone on YouTube
Image via Lauren Dehrone on YouTube

Skill Level: Basic Level

Badges Earned: Wearables Basic

Description: For this badge, you’re going to get the LilyPad Arduino up and running. We recommend that you get your Arduino Basic badge FIRST. Go here and get that now. It will really help you grasp what you’re doing with the LilyPad. Basically, you’re going to do do two things here. Upload and run the Blink Sketch on the LilyPad, then you’re going to power the LilyPad independently with a Coin Cell battery. Now let’s get started!

Part 1: Watch this overview, which will take you through this process:

Part 2:  Get yourself over to a PC or Mac to use your Arduino IDE. Things you’ll need: 

  • You’ll also need a standard mini USB cable and an FTDI board.

The FTDI Board looks like this:

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You can use Codebender.cc or the Arduino Software, but you must use a PC or Mac, because the LilyPad requires a special driver for the FTD1 Driver. Once you open either the Arduino software or the Codebender environment, make sure it’s set for LilyPad Arduino w/ ATMega328 and whatever port you’re using on your computer.

On Codebender.cc:

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For PCs, you’ll most likely see COM3 or COM5 as a port. Macs are a bit different.

On Arduino software:

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Part 3:  Attach an LED to LilyPad Arduino like this. 

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Upload your code to the LilyPad. Copy the code below, and paste it into your code environment. Upload. If the LilyPad LED blinks, it works! 

/*
* LilyPad sample code, blink an LED attached to pin 5
*/
int LED1 = 5; // LED is connected to digital pin 5
void setup()
{
pinMode(LED1, HIGH);
}

void loop() // run over and over again
{
digitalWrite(LED1, HIGH); // set the LED on
delay(1000); // delay for 1 second
digitalWrite(LED1, LOW); // set the LED off
delay(1000); // delay for 1 second
}

Part 4: Adding a Power Supply! 

You can add a power supply with a AA battery box. Watch this video below to see how to unplug from the computer and run your Arduino to make it independent:

 

Final Step! Create your video, and now you have 2 pieces of evidence for your Arduino Basic badge!

Estimated Time: One to two class periods.

Some tips along the way: Take video of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, if you can. Always create a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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Wearable Tech Level 1: Create an Interactive Conductive Ornament

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Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Wearable Technology 1

Description: If you’ve completed your intro to The Sewing Machine, we want to take that idea, and add an interactive piece to it, using conductive thread, batteries, and LEDs. What could you add to your bag that would allow for it to light up, sense something around it or do something?

As Always, Fill Out a Challenge Proposal 

Part 1: Sketch out a drawing for a logo or brand for your bag. Use Google Drawings or some other software to print this out.

Part 2: We’re going to use this Instructable here called LED Christmas Tree Ornament. However, you can make your design a logo, not a Christmas tree. The design is up to you.

http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Christmas-Tree-Ornament-Using-Conductive-Threa/

You will absolutely want to take a look at this video on how to use regular LEDs an integrate them into your circuit.

PLEASE WATCH: Watch the video from here:

 See how she uses regular LEDs and twists them to incorporate them into her design?  

Part 3: 

Always ask questions if you’re stuck. Some of us have more experience with the sewing machine, so let someone know if you need help. Add this to your bag!

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project along the way, if you can. Create a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Here’s a great example. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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Wearable Tech Level 2: Integrating Arduino into Soft Circuits

Image via Adafruit.
Image via Adafruit.

Skill Level: Level 2

Badges Earned: Wearable Tech 2

Description: The Arduino is an amazing tool that will allow us to program an LED to do things- like blink, fade, strobe, and more. Now- we’re going to take the Arduino Lilypad, and create an LED integration into a wearable piece of fabric.

Look ahead at the project. Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal. What will this solve?

Part 1: Learn Arduino First

Before you get started with Lilypad, you need to get accustomed to using an Arduino. Grab an Arduino kit, and go through these 2 tutorials first:

https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Blink

https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Fade

Earn an Arduino Badge!

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Part II: Build an Awesome Sewn Creature and Add an Arduino Soft Circuit 

Let’s incorporate a Lilypad, which is different kind of Arduino- that can be programmed. See here to discover all of the different components to Lilypad.

 Create a Creature of Your Own Imagination:

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http://www.instructables.com/id/Doll-Friends-are-easy-to-make/

And Incorporate a Soft Sewn Circuit into this:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Soft-Circuit-Button/

This one doesn’t use a Lilypad, but a Lilypad can be substituted and sewn into the design. Basically you have to ask:

What are you going to make happen when you press this button on your creature? You decide!

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, if you can. We suggest creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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Breaking in the Sewing Machine

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Skill Level: None yet! Get this done to move on to Level One.

Badges Earned: Sewing Basics

NOTE: Before you wonder why sewing is part of an engineering class, take a look at this article on Forbes about how the founder of GoPro started his invention on a sewing machine.

He recounts many hours sitting at his desk, switching from a sewing machine for the wrist straps to his drill to carve out bits and pieces of raw plastic to develop the model he wanted.

Description: Wearable tech is much cooler than you think it’s going to be. For this project, we’re going to make some basic sewing steps- then create a cool looking drawstring bag. Read through everything before getting started. Learn about the sewing machine, get it set up and start sewing. Note: be gentle and careful, go slow with the sewing machine — it’s delicate.

As Always, Fill Out a Challenge Proposal How will this change the world?

Part 1: Getting Started with Sewing- The basics. 

Description:  Learn about the sewing machine, get it set up and start sewing. Note: be gentle and careful, go slow with the sewing machine — it’s delicate.

Resources:

  1. Access the print or online instruction manual for Singer 2277 Tradition http://www.singerco.com/products/2182/2277-tradition
  2. Watch demos from the Singer site:

Watch this intro: 

 

Steps 1:  Learn how to set up the machine: 

  1. read through p. 2, 4 & 9 and locate the parts of the machine and accessories
  2. read the instructions and practice winding the bobbin p. 11 and inserting the bobbin p. 13
  3. read the instructions p.17 and  practice threading the upper thread
  4. read and practice raising the bobbin thread p. 21

Step 2:  Practice sewing

  1. Make a “sampler”: take a long strip of scrap felt, about 4” by 10” and practice sewing a straight stitch
  2. after you can sew a straight line, try different widths and lengths of stitches, try jigjag
  3. sew about 10 – 12 sample stitches
  4. extra: try sewing a seam: fold over or cut a match the edge of two pieces. Sew the edges together using a straight stitch. Watch the guide to make the seam allowance ⅝”

Part II: Create The Easy Reusable Gift Bag

Here are some great step by steps on how to create your own drawstring pouch. It should put you through your paces. How will you make it your own? Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal. Could this thing change the world? How?

Option 1: Go here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Reusable-Gift-Bags/step6/Further-Improvements/   (A little simpler)

Option 2: http://www.instructables.com/id/Lazy-Wizards-Drawstring-Pouch/  (this is a little more challenging).

Always ask questions if you’re stuck. Some of us have more experience with the sewing machine, so let someone know if you need help.

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project along the way, if you can. We suggest creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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