Moneo: Day 42

Week’s Accomplishments:


Determining wire layout was very time consuming, as well as sewing with the wire thread. Due to its ability to hold shape, the thread proved extremely likely to kink and hold in the neoprene, preventing quick assembly. Additionally, since the wire needed to be soldered, no testing could be done until everything was assembled fully, leading to a rather nerve wracking experience.


The first prototype is assembled. For the first time, all the hardware components are together on one circuit. This should make the second band faster to assemble, but who knows.


Running out of time. But still confident that the system will be working (in some state) by the end of the week.

Next week:

Assembly of the final band is going to happen tomorrow. After that, all that is left will be to combine the various software components I’ve been building into one single program that detects motion, sends the file, and stores the results. Not insignificant, but it should be doable.

Week 6 – Update

What did you do this week?

I worked on the code for the proximity sensor and pulse sensor.

Describe the problems you encountered.

I had planned to use the lilypad simple for both sensors however I found that the lilypad and pulse sensor would not work together given the code I was using.  I therefore will need to incorporate the arduino uno into the jacket design.

Also I was planning to get the grommet to frame the proximity sensor this evening but due to the road conditions (and the fact that I hate driving in the snow) I will need to get it tomorrow.

Describe the successes you had.

The proximity sensor and string LEDs work!  See video:

When an object comes into the field of the sensor, the string LEDs blink.

Are you on schedule?

I hope so.

What do you plan to do next week?

Finish the jacket!

week 6

What I did this week.

I finally sewed together my dress above.  it is almost complete I just have to sew in the zipper and sew the waist together.

I also finally got my lights to beat to music.  I took a video but it was too large to put on here but I can show it in class.

successes this week

most definitely getting my mic to work with my lights.


it took a long time to figure out that the problem with the mic reading sounds was the el wire so I had to scratch the el wire and just order more lights but i overnighted them and they should be here on monday.


feeling really good at this point where I’m at and will finish by friday.




Gloves: Week 6

What did you do this week?

We did several things this week.  First off, we got a couple more necessary materials: a 5v 2000mAh battery (used to ’emergency charge’ usb devices) to power the glove, some similar fabric to house the screen/electronics, and some elastic for easier mounting of the screen to the back of the glove.

We have embedded two flex sensors in the glove (thumb and fore-finger) and two buttons along the inside-side of the glove (right-side of the left-handed glove).  These sensors were slipped in between the inner liner of the glove and the exterior, and mounted by super-gluing a piece of fabric to the sensor, then sewing that down!  We tested all the sensors to get their range, and are planning to finish a small PCB (see bottom-left of the above picture) to collect signals in one place.

Additionally, we finally discovered the root cause of how to make the bluetooth dongle play nice with the Lilypad Simple.  You can read more over here on this posting, but basically the issue was that the baudrate was too fast for the Lilypad.  Once we changed the rate on the dongle, we could run a sample program to interactively control three LEDs via the Lilypad with sliders in an Android app.

We have started development of a simple Android app that will send text messages to the Lilypad and receive input from the sensors.

Describe the problems you encountered

We’re still grappling a little with how to portably power the glove, and we ended up selecting a long, cylindrical power tube (about 2cm by 20cm) to power the project.  We were struggling with the bluetooth not working properly with the Lilypad, but we’ve solved that issue.

Describe the successes you had

We got the Lilypad to work with the bluetooth dongle with the Amarino toolkit, and can reliably send messages back and forth now.

Are you on schedule?

If we work hard, yes 🙂  We still need to embed and sew stuff onto the glove, finish the PCB and app, but the electronics side of things seems to be well in order.

Posts are Due Sunday

We are going to make posts due Sunday night as to allow people to include weekend progress on their posts.  Make sure to be thorough about  your progress for the week and the things left to be done.  Also again add lots of pictures.  Many of you did a great job using pictures to showcase your work.  This is a great way to accomplish two things at once.


week 6

What I did this week:

Worked on the code and my final LED strips came in.


Figured out the values for the sensors and got it working well.

The LEDs are responding to the sensors, they work well together.




This coming week:

This week I will be sewing my LED strips into the scarf, the LED strips will have different patterns that they perform throughout the time the scarf is turned on, sewing the LilyPad into the scarf as well as the sensors, and finishing the construction of the scarf so it appears aesthetically pleasing.

Poster Guidelines

For class on the morning of Friday December 13th please have a pdf file that includes these items in a poster format

Your Name(s)

Name of the Project

  • Include a link to the project page on the class website


  • What the project is intended to do. (One Sentence.)

Inspiration Images

  • Images from other projects/designs/ideas that motivated you to undertake this project.
  • Cite where they came from.

Project Description (Bullet Point List)

  • Why you felt this was important to design
  • Why is your project unique
  • Examples of how your project could be used
  • Where this project could go in the future

Images of the Final Project

  • Make them nice

Week 5

What did you do this week?

my electronics finally came in!!

worked with a fellow badger to get some music i could use for the show. it is his own mixes of songs, but I didn’t know how to post them into this post but I can show them in class.

Success this week

finally got some music I like to work with! and I had a fabulous weekend with my family over thanksgiving.


I forgot that you needed to be on UW net to post so this was the first time that I was able to get on that internet and make a post.  Another failure I had was not having time to program but that is happening this evening and the rest of this week.


Feeling good about where I am at.  I think that with a few all nighters I will be able to have the lights programed by friday.


This week’s progress

  • What did you do this week? [Include image(s)]
Here is the current test of an LED covered in silicone caulk.  It functioned and was very bright still.
Here are tests of pink and blue LEDS that I received.  I am very pleased with their brightness and color.  I have decided that pink denotes the lowest workout(warm), blue is a medium workout(water, but getting “colder”), and white is the hardest light to attain(rock hard body like ice, also “icey”).
Here is my white knit spandex fabric soaked with water, showing how the LED shows through and I am very pleased with the results.
  • Describe the problems you encountered
The main problem was being lazy from Thanksgiving and not having as much time.  The bulk of this week’s work was during the Tuesday class.
  • Describe the successes you had
Successes include having successful tests of LEDs and confirming of the use of the silicone caulk that I have been using.  I believe it will waterproof my circuit very well.
  • Are you on schedule?
I am not on schedule to where I comfortable.  Of all my final projects, this one stresses me out the most, but this next week IS going to change that.
  • What do you plan to do next week?

Main thing to get done next week is coding.  Once coding is done, this project is easy for me to complete on my own.