2014 is going to be a really good year for technology based wearable clothing. Take for instance CUTECIRCUIT. This company has been building LED clothing now for awhile and is just now starting to become mainstream enough that Mercedes has picked up on it.
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Wearable clothing technology has been out in the wild for some time but it has been encased in the avante garde and tech communities which have a higher adoption rate of technology.
In 2013 the “wearable” concept was really put in motion by wrist bands like NikeFuel Band, Jawbone, and FitBits. If you look at the group of people that these wrist wearables were targeting there is a marketing secret, in that “Athletes” bridge the divide. They are not completely avante garde but have passions for style, and they are not completely techy but they see a need for technology because it helps them compete.
Ok so without jumping into a Marketing Theory rabbit hole, as this is a short blog post, “Wearable clothing technology” is going to be hot… as it is the next evolution of the wrist wearable wave.
So I started thinking of places where we would see this outcropping of wearable technology and I came up with a really neat idea for a Basketball Jersey built on the Arduino LilyPad technology. Again nothing new as you would have seen in the CUTECIRCUIT link above ( I completely admire them by the way ) but I think unlike the CUTE CIRCUIT folks my idea for a basketball jersey has a more “mainstream” approach as the idea could expand into many different sports.
The basic idea would be to create a jersey that contained an accelerometer connected to an Arduino LilyPad. Which could detect specifically “jumping” at which point the Arduino would turn on LEDs contained in the jersey. If you think about it for a second the very idea of a player jumping to slam dunk a basketball or catch a football and to have their jersey light up with a pair of LED wings would be fantastic.
HERE IS A GREAT RESOURCE FOR BUILDING AN LED SHIRT:
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With the recent news about Adobe DPS folio platform becoming free, and the fact that this holiday season the only advertisements we saw on TV were for tablets of every size, shape, Os, and color it is no wonder that Digital Magazines are going to become a hit in 2014-15. The animation capabilities of Adobe Edge have really take HTML5 UI and interaction to a whole new level. Not to mention that you can embed Edge projects into folio files.
HERE ARE SOME REALLY GOOD LINKS FOR LEARNING MORE ABOUT DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS AND PLATFORMS:
adding Edge animations to Folio:
Adobe DPS platform showcase:
Google Play Digital Magazines:
With all the hype I wanted to build a Banner that had some really interesting features, like “Choose Your Own Adventure”. The idea isn’t new… meaning that people have built interactive choose your own adventures before, but where I think this idea stands out is that it would be in a magazine type layout. So if you could imagine being on page 5 and seeing an ad in which you are interacting with something like a chair. You then continue on reading the magazine and you land on page 20, where the ad has built upon your experience from page five but now it shows the chair being sat on by someone…. Again nothing new designer have done thing like this before in Print and on the web… but again it is the context of a digital magazine.
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This Native American prayer had such a profound impact on me when I heard it, that whenever I paint landscapes the words come back and form presence.
These words are so humble, you can’t help think of the resonant action, and how it rings with harmony.
O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me.
I come before you, one of your children. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in the beauty of the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made; my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my people, the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength, not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself.
Make me ever ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, so that when life fades as a
fading sunset, my spirit may come into your presence without shame.
I found a company the other day searching around online for Arduino projects that created LED clothes: http://led-clothing.com/
The web site is full of inspiration, and you can get lost for hours thinking of possibilities for trade shows, special events, new business opportunities, web apps… you name it the idea will come to you when your clicking around at that web site.
It really made me think about the possibilities of wearable gadgets and about the future and potential for making things that we really consider as science fiction. I’ve always admired the holodeck concept from Star Trek, but when it comes down to actually building something like the Holodeck the technology is extremely expensive, a little to high-tech and then there is the classical problem of the “human-plug-in” apparatus… The idea of putting something on your head, putting something on your hands, standing in a suspension cage, etc. becomes the classic hallmark of putting a person into a virtualized environment problem.
But then what about all of the new work being done in the area of interactive projector projects out there like the kind at Magic Carpet: http://sensoryguru.com/magiccarpet/
The basic idea of altering our environment to produce a desired outcome is an old concept and we can really see how technology is starting move us into this space in which we don’t have to have the physical object there but that the ability to have a representation of an object gives just enough visual to change perception. Think about the ability to actually change your environment in a radius around your body, that others can see like the floor projection example above.
So I set out on thinking about a way create mobile floor projection… The idea is pretty simple, and could be updated by some really good hardware specialists to be a fraction of the size. The visual effect of your shadow obstructing the light hitting the floor actually would be correct being that it would simulate light at high noon. The basic premise is to have three possibly 4 pico projectors mounted to a belt, that would in effect project the floor as you walked. You simulate games in which your jumping over obstacles, it could be used for training instances like construction sites, fashions shows, etc.
HERE ARE MY MOLESKIN SKETCHES: I submit this idea to Quirky so if you like the invention be sure to vote on it along with my other inventions. http://www.quirky.com/invent/738775/action/vote/query/sort=ending_soon&categories=all
These are some preliminary composition sketches for page 1.
Hey we took story to a book store for her birthday… Seems fitting
So I was talking with a friend of mine half a year ago, and she was explaining to me the whole conspiracy theory about the amount of Flouride in the water and how it is bad for our bodies, and how the build up over time is damaging to us. Whether the conspiracy theory is correct or not, it made me think about the amount of water I drink in a day… It made me think about my family and the basic idea of drinking water. I grew up walking a cup over to the sink and turning on cold water and… that was about it, cold water in abundance… So the basic idea of the water we consume in a day and the long term effect on our bodies if the water is potentially bad was sort of an opening moment for me.
It also plunged me into thinking of 3rd world countries and how even the concept of “Water” in general let alone if it’s clean or not is such a humanitarian issue that if one could come up with a way to make water out of “thin air” it would be a great act indeed.
In the same thought I had to go into my basement to clean the cat box out and sitting right infront of me was my dehumidifier…. Which of course does, just that…. it makes water out of thin air.
Well history if full of giant gymnasium size machines that are then condensed down into pocket size machines…. SO…. Why not my dehumidifier…. Which of course already exists. You can buy small table table top water distillation devices…
but they all have one thing in common which if attempted to be used in a 3rd world country might be hard to come by….. you have to plug them in… What if you could wrap a solar cell around a cup/barrel/jug and put the heating and cooling component functionality from a standard dehumidifier in the casing, while having the drainage collect in the actual cup itself…
HERE IS MY MOLESKIN SKETCH OF A SELF SUSTAINING CUP, THAT MAKES DRINKING WATER:
Ok All you Star Wars Enthusiasts, I like many after watching Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back had an overwhelming urge and completely awesome inspirational moment …. Dude…. I’M GOING TO MAKE A LIGHT SABER… Which of course shortly there after, I jumped on Google and found a massive amount of Theoretical Particle Physicists , talking about the basic qualities of light and energy. Which quickly made me realize that making one of these things wasn’t going to be easy.
But then I thought, well obviously some of the technology isn’t available yet but building a less powerful light saber shouldn’t be to hard… and when the technology becomes available like a civilian laser strong enough to cut through most objects can be acquired… with this design you’d simply swop out the better laser.
LIGHT SABER – PARTS LIST: the basic ideas
- 1 – Toy Light Saber – for the handle… because let’s face it if your done…. and it doesn’t look like a Light Saber.. mission failure.
- 2 – Circular Mirrors – these should be about the width of the Light Saber handle, and you will need to drill a hole in them. MIRROR #1 the hole will be directly in the middle, MIRROR #2 the hole will be offset just a cm. from the middle.
- 1 – Green Pen Laser – This will supply the “light beam”… obviously again “in the future” the laser will be more powerful.
- 1 – Martial Arts Spring Loaded Extendable Baton – this is literally the substance inside the “light saber” as the light beam wouldn’t really do anything when it collided with another light saber, so the Baton is the physical sword. You could speculate that the Laser inadvertently would heat the Metal Baton…
- *** OR *** instead of the Martial Arts Extendable Baton… If you really wanted to get fancy, you could use a motorized Extendable/Collapsible car antenna… push a button… it extends… push a button it retracts… keep in mind the motor is slow… ( eeeeeeeeeeeee ) 20secs later…. isn’t really exciting… but again in the future or if you paid a ton of money you could probably come up with a faster motor and extendable/collapsible mechanism.
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Basic idea is your trapping light between two mirrors, until you cut off the laser. Obviously the Laser in the future would be more powerful… Obviously the motorized extender would be faster… but all-in-all from a functional prototype perspective…. DUDE IT’S A LIGHT SABER…