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


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Presentation given at BarCampGeelong, 9th July 2011

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

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