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So, I had to create a handle for my umbrella because I wanted to embed a switch into the bottom of it.  In order to do this, I had a couple of alternatives -- my first idea was wood, but it just didn't speak to the sci-fi part of me.  The second idea was LEGO's -- wouldn't that be awesome??  I downloaded their design software and started to make sketches, but I was having trouble accounting for a change of thickness inside the handle and getting the specific colors I wanted (clear ...
Can't believe how quickly time is going, work has been busy recently so I haven't had as much time to dedicate as I would have liked.   I got most of the jacket pieced together, but unfortunately I then went to get the zip. Recently we've moved house to a new town so I can't get to my normal haberdashery, so instead I went around all the places I could think of in Gloucester to get the zip for the main body of my jacket... after trying hobbycraft, who only sell general purpose zips (nothin ...
In case anyone was wondering about the construction of our costumes, here are some pics.  We used fleece as a lining.  It is a very forgiving fabric to work with.  Then a fleece strip on top of that to run the LED strip through.  Elastic on top to secure it to the body.  Here is one set of arms, legs and hat.  Big push to get all the costumes finished this weekend.   ...
I think it is good to be honest about  the process, and not every day is filled with Neopixel rainbows.  Today I was working on hacking some code to make a nicer rain pattern -- one with random rain drops.  Currently the pattern is running backwards as if the rain is falling up.  So, I started working with some of the values to see if I could get it to rain down.  I had just started to make some headway when I bumped one of my LED strips, which was joined to another with ...
September has been crazy busy.  I can remember the last few days of August just as I was gatting into full swing with Wearables challenge and then Whoosh or something like that,  its nearly the end of September and the challenge part of the Wearables challenge will be coming to an end soon. I decided that after coming up with the initial design I would do some work with each of the components I would be using. First up was the Neopixels.  Initially had a bit of a problem as I rus ...
  My boyfriend Victor showed me this cartoon once and I thought it was funny, but I didn't quite get it. Last week, when he was listening to me trying to program my Flora for a few hours in a row, he showed it again. This time I got it. This is exactly how it works! Although the Hurray!!!!-part doesn't last for ten minutes.. And the depressing-puzzle-part lasts for about two hours.. Frustrating! And the weirdest part is: I'm still having fun!   Struggling with colors I made quite som ...
Hi everyone, so sorry it took me so long to get another blogpost online. But you'll be hearing (or rather, reading) from me today and later this week! I have to start this post with some sad news, because I have a suspicion that my Floraboard is not functioning as it should. I can upload my program to the board and so long as I keep the Arduino IDE running, the program works just fine. But once I unplug the Flora, shut down the IDE, and plug the Flora back in, the program I just uploaded is gon ...
It's a busy time at my hackerspace right now, as MakerFaire NY is right around the corner.  However, I managed to squeeze in some quality time with the band saw tonight.  You know what I'm up to.... getting rid of that ugly curled handle, as promised!      My next move will be to test my momentary button that will control the different light patterns on the umbrella.  It's really cool looking and was a big motivation in sawing off the handle.  I hope it ...
The coding is basically done, now for the construction.  Just wanted to let the other competitors know where we are 2/5ths of one costume complete (see video below).  These costumes are going to be hard to beat if everything comes together (and if I don't underestimate the amount of current it takes to run the LEDs).  I burned through a breadboard wire this morning experimenting with a boost converter.  Originally I intended to use 12v batteries but I already have a bunch of ...
I just returned from an exciting Open Hardware Summit in Boston.  It was great to meet so many other people jazzed about controllers and educational kits.  I brought some of my FLORA parts hoping that I would work on them, but instead, I toured a hardware startup called Bolt, hacked my badge and mingled with a ton of other women equally passionate about gadgets.  Oh yeah, and I finally got to meet Limor Fried of Adafruit fame!  Here's a pic of me, Limor, and one of my fave te ...
hifromkatie

sewing!

Posted by hifromkatie Sep 9, 2013
Unfortunately due to a small but constant stream of visitors and other events which have come up, I've not got as far along as I'd have hoped, and this post has taken me a week to find time to post due to work, but I'm hoping to get on top of it again soon!   I've got a day off work booked on Thursday, so I'm planning to try to crack through most of the code, assuming everything goes to plan.   As I was doubtful about sewing the thin fabric I decided to buy an extra meter of the sam ...
I want the light in our baby's costome to have a sort of physical property where light drops to the bottom if the baby is lifted up and light rises to the top of the baby's costume if he accelerates down.  This is a little harder than Becky's brake light motorcycle jacket at adafruit because a motorcycle has a relatively constant deceleration over a long distance as the brakes apply force slowing the rider and bike.  When throwing an older toddler/child in the air you can get half a se ...
I feel like a student coming to Becky's office hours saying "I know I should be alot further along, but this is what I have."    One element of the costumes that I wanted to incorporate was one person's costume reading the light pattern of another which would culminate in a light pulse from both of their hands (ala Power Rangers).  The FLORA lux sensor makes it possible!  Now to incorporate it into a costume   ...
Just a quick little update.   Sewing with stainless steel is an interesting experience. I used super glue instead of clear nail polish to keep the fraying in check. I think that the stitching itself looks pretty good. I left the tails very long and just made large running stitches to get them out of the way (and to make sure that they didn't short to one another).   I connected the FLORA using the alligator clips to the needles still holding the stainless steel thread. Then I took ...
You may remember that I had an LED strip that I needed to separate, so I visited my hackerspace to venture into the desolder realm.   I set up at the solder station and followed the step-by-step instructions given on Adafruit's site.  Yes, I did promise a video, but given the amount of arm gymnastics needed, I'm afraid I couldn't come through with that.  I could have asked one of the guys, but it was open house night and I didn't want to discourage any fresh conversations wit ...