Not your Nanna's knitting: My first Lilypad Arduino project
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Presentation given at BarCampGeelong, 9th July 2011

Presentation given at BarCampGeelong, 9th July 2011

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Not your Nanna's knitting: My first Lilypad Arduino project Not your Nanna's knitting: My first Lilypad Arduino project Presentation Transcript

  • Not your Nana's Knitting: My first Arduino Lilypad project of awesome Kathy Reid / @KathyReid [email_address] KathyReid on GitHub https://github.com/KathyReid/ArduinoLightDetectingScarf
  • Why?
    • Avid knitter
    • Keen coder
    • Enjoy designing, creating and inventing things
    • Despise the fashion industry
    • The climate for rebellion is ripe!
  • What's needed
    • Arduino IDE
      • (I'm running Ubuntu, easy download)
    • Arduino Lilypad components (fr. Little Bird)
      • (designed by a girl! Awesome!)
      • Lilypad Main board
      • LEDs (I used bright white ones)
      • Alligator clips for testing
      • Light sensor
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  • Challenges
    • Conductive thread too thick to connect more than one LED to the ground petal of the Lilypad Arduino
    • The way some of the threads were sewn into the knitted scarf caused cross-connections
    • The components are generally bulky – and look out of place in a knitted openwork scarf – not sure how make it look more aesthetically pleasing
  • Idea for other projects
    • Baby clothing that blinks or tweets when baby’s temperature is too high
    • Scarfs and headwear for cancer patients at high risk of fever – to detect temperatures
    • Clothing for elderly or dementia patients so that they can easily be found if they wander outside residential facilities