This instructable teaches how to make our Bear With Me system, a prototype that allows two users to tangibly send and receive hugs (as well as motion) in near real-time.
The bears will be able to send tweets when physically hugged. Their hearts will glow when they receive the other bear's hug. The bears can also send and receive physical touch (pat) signals. The bears can also send and receive tweets when they are in motion. For a more detailed explanation of the interactions and our project, check out our presentation
You can also contact us at (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com) with any questions and comments.
You will need to make two bear systems, using the instructions provided, so the bears will have another bear to talk to. Below is a list of stuff you will need to get started:
-2 stuffed animals (we chose bears but you can use the animal of your choice)
-Teddy bear stuffing (to make the bear more huggable)
-8 Lilypad LEDs
-Tri-Color LED Breakout Kit
or LilyPad Tri-Color LED board
-Force Sensitive Resistor
-Fabric/Cloth (most any type will do)
-Wifi shield for the Arduino
-(Optional) Additional accessories such as hat, bow, backpack, etc.
-(Optional) Conductive fabric
-(Optional) Conductive tape