Wearable Tech Fashion | Colour Sensor Flower Accessory

IMG_20170525_133844-2After a bit of a break from delivering wearable tech workshops, I got back into the groove and created more wearable tech fashion projects! This time, I made a colour sensor flower accessory!

Women of Wearables co-founder, Michelle Hua had experience with a colour sensor by making the Adafruit Chameleon Scarf so we came up with the idea of making a detachable colour sensor flower accessory!

The brooch involves a colour sensor and two LEDs. After applying code to the flora microcontroller, I chose my favourite colour (red) and placed it on top of the sensor to pick up the colour. After three seconds, the exact colour transferred to the LEDs!

 

Having worked with Adafruit’s kit before, I knew to make sure the arrows all pointed the right way, away from the Flora microcontroller and all the connections were correctly sewn. Using the skills I picked up from my previous wearable tech fashion projects, I had to make sure all the conductive thread connections must not overlap and short circuit. This knowledge also helped me lay out the circuitry before starting to make it as compact as possible because the colour sensor is very small. And, a good little space saving trick was tucking the battery behind the Flora and ensuring the battery could be removed to be recharged.

We wanted to make the flower accessory as versatile as possible because as fashionable women, we love to accessorise! What can be a brooch could be attached to a belt, a bag, your hair or even your wrist! The sky is the limit when you want to be creative and personalise your wardrobe to make it as stylish as possible.

The best thing about the colour sensor is that you can change the colour of the LEDs to match your outfit!

 

 

Challenges

I found that the primary colours tend to be the brightest, ensuring we get the right lighting and shade when scanning the colour. This is due to the RGB nature of an LED, as it uses red, green and blue lights to create it’s colours. However, this makes experimenting with the colours more fun! You can enhance the brightness by using more kit however that would mean buying more electronics.  So, we diffused the light with fabric instead. After testing different fabrics, we found that the more polyester content the better because the shiny properties of a polyester fabric would reflect the light a lot more, making it look brighter!

I’ve styled it up for a wedding attire, but you can also dress it up or down, and decorate it however you like!  We are exploring ideas for our next project of an interactive light up skirt to complete our wearable tech fashion outfit!

You can check out all our projects including a light up bracelet, self lighting bag, UV sensor hat and our light up shoes here!

If you would like to learn how to create your own wearable tech projects, contact us at hello@womenofwearables.com.

This post was originally posted on www.womenofwearables.com and featured on www.madewithglove.co.uk and www.adafruit.com 

Wearable Tech Fashion | Colour Sensor Flower Accessory

How Women of Wearables won funding to deliver wearable tech workshops

This was my first time pitching for funding that I found after we were approached by Debbie to host a wearables workshop for her students! I hope you pick up some great tips of confidence for speaking to a crowd and pitching.

Original post By Michelle Hua @MadeWithGlove on www.womenofwearables.com

CEO, Debbie Edwards of FDisrupters, a start-up in Liverpool approached Women of Wearables to deliver our wearable tech workshop. The goal was to inspire 11 young girls aged 14-18 in her 14 week pilot program of workshops on confidence, self belief and tech skills.

As with most challenges start-ups face, Debbie was waiting for funding to enable us to deliver our workshops.

Our Wearable Tech Assistant, Rachael Yeung from Liverpool used her initiative and discovered a funding avenue through Awesome Liverpool.

Awesome Liverpool Logo

Awesome Liverpool is a chapter of the Awesome Foundation.  It is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome globally. Established in 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes $1000 grants to projects and creators.

In the UK, it is £500 and the money comes from 10 local Trustees who each put in £50 in a kitty for allocation each month.

There are 87 chapters in 20 countries world wide and disappointingly, there is only 1 chapter in the UK. But that’s why I think it’s fittingly called Awesome Liverpool.

After we secretly submitted an online form answering a series of questions about the brief on delivering a wearable tech workshop for FDisrupters and ensured that it fit the criteria of:

1.     Solves a problem

2.     Has a budget

3.     Keeping it local and most importantly,

4.     Bringing joy

we were shortlisted in the top 3 after 70 applicants had submitted!

Read the whole blog post on the Women of Wearables website here!

How Women of Wearables won funding to deliver wearable tech workshops

Wearable tech | WOW Talks | Women in Tech event London

I’ve been a busy wearable tech assistant at work with MadeWithGlove and WoW UK Women of wearables! Check out what we’ve been up to.

WoW UK co-founder Marija Butkovic and Wearable Tech assistant Rachael Yeung exhibited at the WOW Talks TV’s first women in tech event on 20th September 2016 in London. Here is Rachael’s account of it all.

wearables tech assistant Rachael Yeung from WoW UK Women of wearables and MadeWIthGlove at the Women in Tech event in London hosted by WOWTalks
All of the school pupils were so intrigued!

Setting up the exhibit space in the morning with our brand new display banner as we braced ourselves for the crowd of inspiration hungry school pupils to arrive.  We were informed that there would be 400 school girls arriving to be inspired!

Check out what happened on the official Women of Wearables website written by Rachael Yeung and edited by Michelle Hua on www.womenofwearables.com 

Wearable tech | WOW Talks | Women in Tech event London

The Human Sensor Launch Night – Making the invisible visible!

The launch of the Human Sensor kicked off on the 23rd of July and it was a day packed full of speakers and a live performance at the end. Here’s what happened on the night for all of you that missed it!

Making the Invisible Visible

Finding 70 Oxford Road was an easy task as it used to be the old location for the Cornerhouse, which I found that people still mistake it for! Upon entering the venue, the place was still buzzing from the morning talks about Manchester Public Health and Air Pollution, it was still incredibly warm for the tail end of the heatwave but everyone was excited for the performance in the evening.

the human sensor air pollution with Inivisible Dust in Manchester for the european city of science 2016 - climate change, eco friendly, zero waste, raise awareness
Seeing double! I stand in front of the promotional video that I starred in with Creative Concern.

 

As we prepared the wearables and leaflets for the night, there was still a flurry of things to do. I accompanied Laura Parker the deputy director, to display the Human Sensor posters at Salder’s Yard for the location of the final show, and hurried back to get ready for the guests arrivals. We didn’t realise the location was quite a bit of a walk away but thankfully we managed to get back in time to add the finishing touches!

the human sensor air pollution with Inivisible Dust in Manchester for the european city of science 2016 - climate change, eco friendly, zero waste, raise awareness
All of the wearables lined up in the dressing room ready for the dancers.

The night kicks off!

The clock ticked 7:30pm and the first guest arrived! As everyone started to filter in and settle, the presentations soon started. Alice Sharp the director of Invisible Dust began the evening explaining the concept of the not-for-profit company that aims to raise awareness for air pollution by partnering art with science, and then introduced the Human Sensor artist Kasia Molga. We then had a talk from the Kings College of London, Dr Ian Muwa about air pollution. Did you know air pollution is costing us billion of pounds, and it contributes to 40,000 deaths in the UK?! After the congratulating and thanking everyone that had been involved in the project: Kasia, the organisers and people behind the scenes, the fellows, the choreographer and the dancers, there was a short break before we were all ushered outside for the start of the performance!

Everyone stood outside in anticipation to see the wearables in action, and the buzz of talking stopped once the dancers started filing out one after the other. The dancers adorned in the LED lit wearable capes sparkled as they began their dance to the Sadler’s Yard, rotating and elegantly emphasising the breathing with their arm movements whilst they waited at every crossing. We followed them twisting and turning around a route through the city centre, bystanders were curious and also mind-blown at the bizzare looking wearables on dancers! Having worn the wearable cape before I know that it was quite restrictive, but the dancers were expertly moving around in them not putting a confident foot out of place!

the human sensor air pollution with Inivisible Dust in Manchester for the european city of science 2016 - climate change, eco friendly, zero waste, raise awareness
Safety first! The dancers even have a waiting at the lights choreography!

When we reached Salder’s Yard the sun was fully set and the spotlights illuminated the venue with an almost romantic atmosphere. The final dance was a beautiful crescendo to the end of the night with a projected presentation in the background that had bite sized information and facts fading in and out. The whole performance gave me Goosebumps with the soundtrack being someone breathing that gradually sped up and became more laboured; it was almost like the breathing of something out of a horror movie! Teamed with the shocking air pollution facts on how it’s affecting the human body, it felt rather chilling but very powerful.

 

the human sensor air pollution with Inivisible Dust in Manchester for the european city of science 2016 - climate change, eco friendly, zero waste, raise awareness
It attracted the attention from many passer-bys!

Finale

The launch night was a brilliant experience and although I did work for part of the night to help set up, it did not feel like work at all seeing the project blossom into something we are all proud of! I originally wanted to partake in this project to get experience working with more wearables, but I not only managed to wear it for the promotional video, I also learnt a lot more about air pollution and how it is a very real threat even here in Manchester. Knowing that I will part from this project with more skills and knowledge that I originally expected is a great feeling, but having met a brilliant group of fellows on the programme is priceless!

the human sensor air pollution with Inivisible Dust in Manchester for the european city of science 2016 - climate change, eco friendly, zero waste, raise awareness
The finale was brilliant in a fantastic venue.

The Human Sensor is a project by Kasia Mulga and Invisible Dust to raise awareness of air pollution as part of the European City Of Science festival. Find out all of the information and photos of the events at the Human Sensor website www.humansensor.eu

Invisible Dust is continuing to work on raising awareness of air pollution with more artists and scientists in new projects coming soon. Keep up to date on their website here. The Human Sensor is coming to London! Keep your eyes peeled!

Find out more about the Human Sensor programme on the blog I wrote here.

 

 

-Rinniboo

 

 

The Human Sensor Launch Night – Making the invisible visible!

Guest blog: WTF | Wearable Tech Fashion | UV Sensor Hat

I have been busy yet again creating more wearable tech! This time it is a UV sensor hat that reminds you to reapply your sunscreen. With summer being quite hot this year, we definitely need to ensure we are sun safe!

I explain how I made the wearable tech UV hat with Adafruit’s instructions in my latest guest blog for WTF | Wearable Tech Fashion over on the MadeWithGlove website. Read it here or copy and paste the link in the quotes below:

” http://www.michellehua.co.uk/wtf-wearable-tech-fashion-uv-sensor-hat/ ”

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Guest blog: WTF | Wearable Tech Fashion | UV Sensor Hat

Guest blog: What Does a Wearable Tech Assistant Do? Manchester Girl Geeks #BraCamp

Manchester Girl Geeks ran their fourth annual #BraCamp on Saturday 9th July 2016 at the awesome Autotraders office in Manchester. As the wearable tech assistant of MadeWithGlove I plucked up the courage to speak to fellow girl (and boy geeks) about my new role as a wearable tech assistant and the wearable tech projects I have been working on. Find out all about my first experience of the Girl Geeks Barcamp here.

Guest blog: What Does a Wearable Tech Assistant Do? Manchester Girl Geeks #BraCamp

Guest blog: WTF | Wearable Tech Fashion | The Human Sensor

I have been a busy bee working on an exciting climate change project with Invisible Dust called the Human Sensor. The Human Sensor was designed by London artist Kasia Molga who brought to her project up North to Manchester as part of the European City of Science Festival.

The Human Sensor live performance costumes are wearable capes which consists of a mask and sensors to dis play the air pollution that the wearer breathes in. The concept of the project is to make the invisible harmful particulates in the air visible, raising awareness of the recent findings by leading London scientists.

Check out what happened on this exciting week in Manchester here.

Guest blog: WTF | Wearable Tech Fashion | The Human Sensor