Finally, my paper garment is connected to a brain wave sensor.
In this semester, I focused on materials and power tests. Originally, I wanted to connect a Pulse sensor. But, I realized that I needed to figure out more specifically emotions and human vital sensors. So, I tried to test out a Neurosky of the meditation Journal that could be concentrated on myself. In this part, Birce and Fito supported me fully. (Thanks a lot, guys! I really appreciate your help! <3 <3 <3 :))
The threshold of Neurosky was 50. If the number goes above 50 with the electric current, the colors show up black to bright ones. If cooling down, they are covered by black colors again.
For our final, we submitted the blink blink building circuits guide which walks blink blink makers through an introduction to circuits and how to build 4 arts, crafts, and fashion projects with the blink blink kit (i.e. soft-circuits and electronics). Below are some images from the tutorial -
We are going to post 4 instructables over the next month. You find the first one on how to make DIY Light-up Tassel decorations here. Future post can be found on our make it page at blinkblink.cc/make-it.
My thesis project, Self-portrait is an experimental interactive wearable paper garment for performance, which uses thermochromic pigments, soft circuits, and Arduino connected to my vital signs such as heartbeats or brainwaves.
My concept is all about self-esteem, self-portrait, aesthetic emotions, and human connection. I express my internal feelings and emotions in front of audiences through the garment which means to reveal my true self as the second body instead of myself sealing, faking or hiding behind the technology. Ultimately, I aim to find ways to reach healing moments with audiences through empathy.
1) Probes; Skin Dresses by Philips Design (2006)
2) The Ger Mood Sweater by Sensoree
We might feel LEDs bring out more aesthetic qualities. However, I realized LEDs connected to sensors exist already and are no longer attractive to me. So, I followed another line of inquiry like thermochromic pigment for my thesis prototypes.
I made 10copies of the heating circuits for lower power and longer threads.
Then, I set up chipboard on a dress form. I painted 4 different colors on thin papers.
On the first layer, I painted on normal acrylic colors and on the second layer, I covered thermo ink. When heating up, the bottom layer showed up.
One of the oldest and simplest of weaving constructions. But it has been substituted with petroleum-based plasticizers in this innovative new yarn to make it soft.
2. Bear Grass – 3Form
Very interesting material. This could be used for floor or to decorate wall to create a natural atmosphere. This material used natural products as a decorative interlayer which may change its appearance over time. Even more interesting.
3. Aearo – E.A.R
This material is used for ear plug, which is very soft. Its highly damping and isolation features effectively control impact noise and vibration.