A washable wearable. What if you wanted a wearable computer, but wanted to wash the clothing? What if you wanted to use the same computer in many different pieces of clothes?
This holder holds a battery and a CircuitPlayground, You can sew the holder(s) to your clothes: arm bands,wrist bands, head band... and then move the one CircuitPlayground from item to item -- depending on what you are wearing that day.
Oh, and you can wash your clothes without the computer in them.
This is a holder for a circuit playground, and a LiPo battery pack, with holes on the back to sew it to an article of clothing. We have sewn it onto wrist bands, but these could be sewn onto armbands, head bands, shirts, jackets, etc... You can program your circuit playground to flash lights for visibility and safety, make noises, to make noise and lights when you dance, or whatever.
The design allows the battery and CircuitPlayground to be removed easily so that the clothing item can be washed. (Because, fellow makers, unwashed clothing eventually smells.)
It was designed for an ImagineRIT (Science Fair) by a group of Women in Tech. Original idea by Gauri Khodaskar, with embellishments by Cynthia Zachar, Marissa Haddock, Ariel Viggiano. Amiee Jackson measured the parts and converted Gauri's concept art into a 3D design.
Professor Thomas Kinsman did the product testing and development. This is the third revision, which a hole was added for ease of removing the CircuitPlayground by removing the battery first. Other holes were added to help remove the rafting and support material that is formed during the 3D printing process.
There are two versions of this design, one for an Adafruit 1200 mAh LiPo battery, and another for a 2000 mAh battery.
Overview and Background
Top view, with the NeoPixels in orange mode. The CircuitPlayground is above the LiPo battery. The red and black wires is a connector from the battery to the CircuitPlayground.
Side view of wrist. Velcro closure is on the back.
The lights in green.
Shown here crocheted onto a wrist band, with a velcro closure. Nine holes are on each side for sewing.
Thsi shows that you can push out the CircuitPlayground easily, by first sliding out the battery pack (inside) and then pushing the CircuitPlayground out from the back.
It was Gauri Khodaskar's idea initially, Marissa Haddock did the sewing, Amiee Jackson did the initial build, and Cindy Zacher and Ariel Viggiano helped in other ways.
Fabricated in PLA on a 3D printer.
We found that making this flat was the easiest orientation to use.