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Thursday Club: Art-Creativity-Technology & Wellness                  Goldsmiths, C4CC, 2012       Rain Ashford - http://ra...
Hello, I create interactive wearables and art, working with many flavours ofmicrocontrollers & various components…
I’m an avid self-tracker and sensorsuperfan!
..and I’m also into encouraging young people to becomeinterested in coding and electronics via creative uses oftechnology....
I’m interested in physiological                                                      hacking…                             ...
Steve Mann – cyborgI’m fascinated by body modification, cyborgs and how thehe miniaturisation of technologyhas changed how...
The availability of sewable electronic & e-textiles has revolutionised the way I and many otherartists & designers work
..plus the styling of some of these components has made them more attractive to work with
LilyPad ArduinoMicrocontroller   Conductive Thread   E-Textiles   C (ish) Programming   Sensors   Actuators   Hacked...
…allowing me to incorporate thetechnology into my designs
Examples of conductive thread andwire used as part of my design
Hacking existing tech & combining sensors has allowed me tomake pieces such as ‘You Make My <3 Flutter’: a proximitydetect...
And for looking at social interaction -‘Yr In Mah Face’: temperature /mood sensing t-shirt- uses Celsius temperature data ...
I’m also interested in practical uses - Don’t Break My Heart is a wearable, colour-codeddistance warning system prototype ...
Not all of my wearables focus on physiological sensors,some are environmental: Teapot Bunny Ears!
My latest work, Baroesque (barometric skirt) includesboth physiological and enviromental sensors
What am I working on next?  ..experimenting with GSR & EEG
Thank you for your attention!                     @Rainycathttp://rainycatz.wordpress.com       http://Rain Ashford 2012
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A talk I gave at Goldsmiths Thursday Club on some of my sensing wearables.

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  1. 1. Thursday Club: Art-Creativity-Technology & Wellness Goldsmiths, C4CC, 2012 Rain Ashford - http://rainycatz.wordpress.com
  2. 2. Hello, I create interactive wearables and art, working with many flavours ofmicrocontrollers & various components…
  3. 3. I’m an avid self-tracker and sensorsuperfan!
  4. 4. ..and I’m also into encouraging young people to becomeinterested in coding and electronics via creative uses oftechnology..the students loved how they could personalise andcontrol electronics very quickly by learning a fewexamples of code and following a few rules ofcircuitry! Pics fromTechnocamps, Aberystwyth, workshops I did with Sophie McDonald
  5. 5. I’m interested in physiological hacking… Social interaction – formal and informal events where one is put on the spot / excruciating circumstances: networking, bars, clubs, meet ups, introductions, conferences, etc. Building multi-sensor wearables which output data on the wearer’s physiological signs comprised of:  sensors – tracking physiological signs: heart rate, accelerometer, temperature, etc.  Actuators  Visually reactive  Sonically reactive  Might record sound / feedback from user‘Yr In Mah Face’: temperature /mood sensing t-shirt  Camera  Logging device
  6. 6. Steve Mann – cyborgI’m fascinated by body modification, cyborgs and how thehe miniaturisation of technologyhas changed how people build & use wearable tech & electronics; they’re no longercomprised of cold, bulky sharp, boxy & ugly components that one might prefer to remainhidden
  7. 7. The availability of sewable electronic & e-textiles has revolutionised the way I and many otherartists & designers work
  8. 8. ..plus the styling of some of these components has made them more attractive to work with
  9. 9. LilyPad ArduinoMicrocontroller Conductive Thread E-Textiles C (ish) Programming Sensors Actuators Hacked Electronics Conductive items Wearables Sound Artworks Games All Interactive
  10. 10. …allowing me to incorporate thetechnology into my designs
  11. 11. Examples of conductive thread andwire used as part of my design
  12. 12. Hacking existing tech & combining sensors has allowed me tomake pieces such as ‘You Make My <3 Flutter’: a proximitydetecting, heart rate sensing ‘techlace’
  13. 13. And for looking at social interaction -‘Yr In Mah Face’: temperature /mood sensing t-shirt- uses Celsius temperature data from a sensor, averages it, then visualises the results viaLEDs.
  14. 14. I’m also interested in practical uses - Don’t Break My Heart is a wearable, colour-codeddistance warning system prototype for cyclists to wear on their back
  15. 15. Not all of my wearables focus on physiological sensors,some are environmental: Teapot Bunny Ears!
  16. 16. My latest work, Baroesque (barometric skirt) includesboth physiological and enviromental sensors
  17. 17. What am I working on next? ..experimenting with GSR & EEG
  18. 18. Thank you for your attention! @Rainycathttp://rainycatz.wordpress.com http://Rain Ashford 2012
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