So many pieces, coming together…
Electronics and sensors allow artists to create interactive smart garments that produce sound and images in reaction to movement. They sense and communicate with the environment and the user, and may react to them. In some cases the garment is in connection with the Internet and exchanges information based on the data it has measured.
As the term ‘wearable’ suggests, these interactive artworks are carried by the user and in bodily connection with him or her.
The Wearable Electronics course has been organised during autumn 2011 in collaboration between Aalto University School of Art and Design, and MUU Artists’ Association. The participants who come from a variety of backgrounds such as new media, costume design, textile design, fine art and performing arts have been encouraged to create their own visions of wearable technology. They have worked in teams to carry out their ideas based on the Arduino development platform.
Welcome to experience these six unique projects – to see them in use and even to try some of them on.
Place: MUU Gallery (Lönnrotinkatu 33, Helsinki)
Time: Monday 5.12. at 17-19
Organised by MUU Artists’ Association and Aalto University
Teachers: Tomi Dufva and Jukka Hautamäki, and visiting lecturer Meg Grant
Ramyah from media lab presented her MA-thesis work yesterday. It was really interesting. She provided us with some links and pdf of her thesis: Ramyah Gowrishankar: Designing Fabric Interactions
Videos of her work
Projects blog and tutorials
Just found this nice framework for Xcode, which allows you to connect arduino with mac apps. iOS implementation coming soon too. More info from their website. Xcode can be downloaded for free from mac app store.
A few links about manipulating muscles with electric pulses…
Here is the Dutch artist I mentioned who experimented on himself:
An idea of how it looked:
His safety tips:
The device he recommends using is called a “TENS” device. You can buy them on amazon! This would be a great way to safely experiment with the technique throwing people off-balance.
Here’s a pdf-version of todays lecture.
I thought it might be good to give you some hints to collaborate online with your group. There is a plethora of different ways to do this, and whatever you find that suits your interests best is probably best for you. And then best way of course is to see in Real Life.
Anyway, I have found out that google docs is a pretty nice way to sketch out ideas together. It allows many people working on the document at the same time, and with comments it’s easy to have discussions on the side. It’s a simple and obvious choice, but it works.
For mind mapping there is again many choices, but if you want free and online then mindmeister might be worth a check. On mac you can get some nice mind map software for free or at low price from the ac app store just by searching mind maps. They can even sync to your iOS device. I guess something like that exists too in the Android world.
Also when making the mind map and when you have some rough idea sketched, it’s good to start mind mapping the techniques you might need in your work. What kind of sensors/actuators I might need. What kind of programming this project needs. If your projects connects to the internet, then you probably need to do some web programming too, and that is good to notice and add to your work list. So when you have done mapping these, you have some idea of what is needed for your work and you can start learning and requesting these topics from us too.
So I hope these get you started and I’m looking forward to hearing from you.