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 

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Wearable Tech Fashion | Colour Sensor Flower Accessory

Products I’m currently BUZZING about

Here are some of my absolute FAVE products at the moment that will hopefully inspire some Christmas lists!

  1. Micellar cleansers are currently all the rage and if you’ve checked out my Skin Detox post you’ll know why! I swear by this to take every trace of make up even right by your eyes and not irritate them. Perfect for travelling and on the go!
BIODERMA Sébium H2O Purifying Cleansing Micelle Solution 250ml
BIODERMA Sébium H2O Purifying Cleansing Micelle Solution 250ml for Oily/Combination skin – £10.20 Boots instore and online

2. OMG these were a pain in the butt to get a hold of (find out why in my H&M X Balmain blog) but I’m LOVING these to go with every outfit for the holidays! Sure, it’s not exactly winter/weather appropriate but they’re the hottest style booties to be wearing with almost any going out outfit. Pair with Jeans? Yes. Dresses? Yes yes!

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Well you’ll need a matching pair to go with the outfit, so style it with these strappy beauties or over the knee boots available from the collection too. H&M X Balmain.

3. Sometimes it’s the little details that I buzz over, except with these Bodum glasses the double walls are useful too! It stops you from burning your hands, but radiates just enough heat to keep them warm. How cool is that?? Before you start going on a rant about the proper way to brew tea so it’s the right temperature when it hits the cup, sometimes I just want a hot Vimto O.K?!

Bodum Pavina Glass Double Wall Cups, Set of 2, 0.25L John Lewis
Bodum Pavina Glass Double Wall Cups, Set of 2, 0.25L £18 John Lewis

 

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Liner in Etcetera - from MAC £15 Get your pout on and join the #overlinechallenge
MAC Pro Longwear Lip Liner in Etcetera – from MAC £15 Get your pout on and join the #overlinechallenge

4. MAC Pro Longwear Lip Liner in Etcetera – This lip liner is the PERFECT nude for my lips and very Kylie Jenner esque ( I assume she uses her own lip kit now;that’s coming next year, but I bet she mixed this will a blueish undertone pink lipstick to get her signature shade of pout) It’s also versatile enough to be used with any lipstick and unlike the Estee Lauder products and Chanel lip liners that I’ve tried, it doesn’t make my lips peel! Love it!

WAH London Marble Zone Press On Nails boots
WAH London Marble Zone Press On Nails – from Boots £9

5. My complete obsession right now is marble on everything! I hate it on my Mac, phone, and table tops. So where next? Obviously my nails! I haven’t worn press on nails for a LONG time, but you just have to follow the instructions enclosed to apply them properly. Then they will last up to 7 days! I have to confess I did struggle with the sizing, so I had to file them to fit. And one of them came off and flew into the abyss, never to be found again. It helps to carry around the glue!

That’s my top five current products that I’m currently buzzing over, but what current purchases are you obsessing over? Let us know in the comments below!

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Products I’m currently BUZZING about