Reading this Instruction book to make your own Human Sensor E-textiles will help you gain skill in sowing, programming/coding your e-textiles. You will know how to write your very one code making your e-textile unique. To me knowing these skills are impossible will help improve the design and code of the e-textile. Giving the opportunity to create an even more complex code that you've created. I hope you enjoy reading this Instructional Booklet to create your very own Human Sensor E-textile !.
E-Textile Dress Design By : VermontMakers
Making Your Own: Instructions
- A small piece of clothing like a glove or wrist band.
- Regular Thread
- Conductive Thread
- A Needle
- LED Lights (4)
- Arduino LilyPad (comes w/ usb port)
- A pair of Scissors
- Metal Patches (One for a Positive reading & One for a Negative reading)
- Create a Circuit Design. This creates a visual representation to where you are putting your lights, LilyPad & Metal Patches on the accessory of your choice. It also allows you to show where the conductive thread is going to be stitched at too.
- Gather your Materials. Make sure you have enough conductive thread & regular thread (the regular thread can be a different color if you want). Grab your needle and place the regular thread through the "eye" (the open part). Now that the thread is through, make a knot.
- Begin sowing. Make sure you follow your Circuit design, it makes it easier to see you've placed your Lilypad. Take the needle and push it through the fabric to get to one of the LilyPad bottom circles. Keep doing that until all the circles are stitched and when done make a knot to keep the LilyPad in place. Continue to do this with your LED lights and metal patches by following your Circuit Design.
- Creating your Code. Open up the Arduino App on your laptop/computer. To make a new code select the "new" option. From there you can create your own code. There will be 3 sections; 1. Naming Section, 2. Setup Section & 3. Loop Section. In the naming section you would name your lights and which A-number or number your lights are connected too. This also applies to the Metal Patches. The setup section gives an input & output setting. Your lights will be the output whilst the patches will be the input. Lastly the loop secrion is where your code will be at. This is what you are uploading to your LilyPad. Also in the setup section is where you can determine the range of the sensors (sensor value) and can have you light pattern change based on the different behavior your hand is in. Then you can convert that in your final Aruino Code.
- Testing your Final Project. This makes sure that there is no short circuits or anything wrong. Turn on your final project, since it is programmed to react to different hand behaviors you will have to put your hand through those behaviors. It shows that you will have a good connection or a bad connection to the MetalPatches . You can always go back the the app and adjust the sensor value or the delay if its not going planned.
- You can follow your circuit design when you are ready to make your final project which makes things easier .
- When sowing your project make sure that it's not sloppy and that it's neat. A sloppy stitch can create short circuits which will ruin the connection.
- If you need coding samples don't hesitate to look up code samples, they can help when you begin coding.
- When testing make sure you have verified & uploaded your code to LilyPad otherwise it wont work.
Here's what a Circuit Design Look Like
This is My Circuit Design
You can use this as a reference if you like.
Video Demonstration Of Final Project