The art of Wearable Technology

Wearable electronics is the hottest topic considered nowadays! Every new technology is focusing on implanting the small, flexible, durable and low-cost flexible electronics. This technology is used in wearable health sensors, consumer electronics, sports clothing, and accessories. However, the most common applications of wearable electronics include fitness trackers, smart watches, smart clothing, and heart rate monitors, which can enhance physical activity. Even fashion industries often use LED’s at fashion shows for producing an attractive effect in the dresses.

But mind you, wearable electronics isn’t something that you can only experience through enhanced technological developments, instead you can master the art of creating wearable electronics all on your own!

 

Children posing happily with the wearable technology craft that they made in one of their STEM sessions at LearnOBots

8-14 year old Pakistani children have already mastered this art through their wearable electronics sessions at LearnOBots, where they created their own innovative wearable technology crafts.

The most interesting fact is that this technique is very easy to implement by using a small approach of making a circuit by conducting thread and then to program the Lilly pad per the pattern we want our LED’s to follow like whether we want those to glow, blink or fade.

Following are the steps that you need to follow in order to design fabric electronically:

Things required:

• A piece of fabric
• Lilly pad Uno
• A frame for fixing your cloth
• A needle
• Conducting thread
• Special LED’s of small size.

Steps to follow:

1. First, deign a cloth and decide the portion on which you want to place the LED’s.
2. And now youmust stitch a Lilly pad Arduino on the back side of the cloth.
3. After this just attach your LED’s with the digital pins of the Arduino by stitching these through conducting thread as shown in the diagram.
4. Then stitch the battery terminals to the fabric.
5. The last portion is to upload your code on the Lilly pad.

 

Read on to find about some useful tips to consider while creating a wearable electronic material:

• Use a simple approach to design your circuit- in simple words, try to attach one or two LED’s at the start since this will help you in avoiding the risk of overlapping of threads.
• Use a fabric of light colors so that the LED’s would be more prominent.
• Try to keep your stitches small to avoid short circuits.
• Keep checking your trace from time to time.
• Lastly, remain patient while you’re stitching since its a hefty task which has the potential to make you feel frustrated.

Find out more about the wonders done by little engineers in the domain of wearable electronics by visiting https://www.facebook.com/learnobots/

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Posted on June 1, 2017 in DIY, Engineers

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