For a class assignment, I needed to make something fabric-based which took an Arduino, some programming, and at least two inputs and outputs. After sketching a few different ideas, I hit on this one: an electromagnetic glove for MagnetoGirl. It sprang to life for me, because magnetism is an invisible force which can seem magical. Also, a superhero can be given life, character, and (the best part) a cool costume.
I decided to make an opera glove with some embedded circuitry. The electromagnet is in the index finger of the right hand; the electromagnet (and also the on-Arduino LED for pin13) are on while the red button is held down; there are sensors made of conductive thread on the palm and pad of the ring finger which, when touched together, disable the electromagnet while the button is still held down (but the LED stays on).
MagnetoGirl's powers are a bit weak right now, though- her glove still has to be plugged in to the laptop for power! Improvements welcome.
Step 1: Materials
-alternately, a pre-made glove, and then you can skip the next step
-Lilypad Arduino & USB cable
-conductive thread & needle
-2 high-resistance resistors (for tie-downs)