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Here is my final blog post in the element14/Adafruit "Get Closer" Wearables Challenge....   Let's wrap things up with a video!   I really can't thank element14 and Adafruit enough for including me in this amazing experience - I'll never forget it!   FLORA is a great product, I can definitely imagine embedding it in other projects. I am also anxious to try out GEMMA, an even lower profile microcontrollers that Adafruit just introduced.   I feel that I achieved a fair num ...
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 ...
I'm sorry that it's been a long time since my last post - sorry about that. Let's get to good stuff!   After testing the parts and proving that they work, I felt compelled to see how hard it would be to make a compass out of them. Testing a little further, I find that the FLORA Accelerometer/Compass to be a little mixed, performance-wise. At low velocity (so that the only acceleration is due to gravity) the magnitude of the acceleration vector is right around 1000. I had initially assumed ...
I finally received my package on Monday!   Here's my very own GPS Starter Pack! [I am not entirely sure why I was compelled to open the bag of test leads]   And here are a few other things (Tactile On/Off Switch, FLORA  Lux Sensor, FLORA Accelerometer/Compass Sensor, Magnetic Pin Back, JST-PH Battery Extension Cable, Woven Conductive Fabric, and FLORA Color Sensor)!   Everything arrived safe and sound. The packaging was very good and everything comes in its own (stat ...
Hi everyone! I am very excited that I was chosen to one of the eight to compete in this wearable electronics challenge.   My proposed project is to create a glove that would help a user navigate to a pre-determined location. This could definitely be achieved by using a smart phone, but I like the idea of having a device that would point directly to your desired location, perhaps a little like the magic compass from Pirates of the Caribbean or similar objects from fiction. I also carry a lo ...