My project concept was to create a device that would allow people suffering an anxiety attack to alert people around them of their impending attack. The device checks a wearer’s pulse and alerts those around the person when the pulse increases. I know this sounds oddly familiar. If you’ve ever been on a treadmill you know that there are heart rate monitors that will do this for people working out. My device isn’t much different than a heart rate device. The difference is the intent of the device. My device is meant to address issues in the mental health arena. I’ve lived with people who had anxiety attacks and there is no way to know the person is suffering unless they tell you. The idea behind my device is to give the person wearing it and the people around them to understand what is happening.
If you are in class, teaching a class, or in a business meeting, everyone has had the awkward experience off their phone going off at the wrong times. My project doesn’t make people think about what’s changing or trending. It adds the affordance of having another option to receiving a text or phone call other than ring tone, vibrate, or silent. A simple pattern would light up if are getting a phone call and flashing light if have received a text. You could also remove the board and light and place into a different sleeve allowing a person to choose what design they want to wear on any given day.
Several of the women associated with the Fashioning Circuits blog recently took their skills to the Design Your World Conference to teach young girls aged 10-12 how science can be fun. Specifically, with the coordination and leadership of Amy Pickup, we conducted a workshop about the LilyPad Arduino.
For my wearable media object, I chose to create an LEDs-only circuit using the LilyPad Arduino Board. After attending Ettiquette Creative’s LilyPad Arduino Workshop, I had the resources and references to begin my project. I installed the Arduino software, checked the drivers, and referred to a tutorial provided on the SparkFun Electronics site to design my wearable media object.