Introduction: Goodmorning Underwear

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The Goodmorning Underwear are a pair of panties that vibrate to wake you up in the morning. This project is a continuation of my ongoing efforts to further the field of electronic underwear. Unlike all of my previous projects that use complex circuitry and fabrication techniques, this one is based around the littleBits prototyping platform and is easy enough anyone can make at home.

This particular project came about because I finally wanted to make a garment that my girlfriend would actually want to wear. While it may be hard to believe, when I made the Clap Off Bra it was not really for her. Sure, I may have gifted it to her to use, but it was really something that I made for myself. This time around it was important to me that I should repay her for all of her patience and make something that she would truly appreciate.

Truthfully, this is a little bit tricky because I have noticed that she does not wear underwear all that often. Largely she wears underwear only when she goes to bed. While this may seem like a backwards approach to underwear usage, it ultimately proved to be my design constraint. Thus, I began to consider how her underwear could be enhanced to improve her resting hours.

Through nearly a decade of intensive study and observation, I have come to learn that she is not really much for being woken up in the morning and does not particularly care for alarm clocks. However, over the last ten years I have also observed that she is awfully fond of devices containing vibrating motors. It then goes to follow that she would enjoy her alarm clock much more if it vibrated her awake instead of bombarding her with horrible, wretched, noise. To test this hypothesis, I have created the Goodmorning Underwear. It is my sincere hope that this garment will promote a happy, healthy, and holistic lifestyle.

Or maybe these are all half-truths and I just "borrowed" this idea from Carleyy (who in turn got it from a friend).

Nonetheless, I still developed and shared directions for making vibrating alarm clock underwear. You're welcome.

Step 1: Materials

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You will need:

(x2) Underwear (briefs)
(x1) littleBits Cloudbit
(x1) littleBits power (p1)
(x1) littleBits USB power (p3)
(x1) littleBits pulse
(x1) littleBits wire
(x2) littleBits vibration motors
(x1) 9V battery and cable
(x1) 12" x 12" mat board
(x1) 1 yard soft felt
(x1) Zip tie assortment
(x1) 6" adhesive hook and loop
(x1) Assorted thread
(x1) Sewing needle

Step 2: Setup the Cloudbit

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Power up the Cloudbit by connecting it the USB power bit.

Configure the Cloudbit using the easy-to-follow initialization walkthrough on their website.

Step 3: Build the Circuit

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Connect the following bits in series:

Power Bit (p1) --> Cloudbit --> Pulse Bit --> Wire Bit --> Vibration Motors Bit --> Vibration Motors Bit

Once the circuit is built and running, adjust the dial on the pulse bit until it is pulsing to your liking.

Step 4: Make a Google Calendar Alert

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Create a new Google Calendar which will be used for setting events to trigger your alarm.

Each new event will be used to trigger the alarm. You can make single events or recurring events as per your preference.

Step 5: Configure 'If This Then That'

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Go to If This Then That and create a new recipe that activates the Cloudbit output high for 30 seconds when any event starts on Google Calendar.

Step 6: Cut Brackets

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Use the attached template to make mat board mounting brackets for the larger chain of littleBits.

Step 7: Fasten the LittleBits Together

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Insert the littleBits into the mounting bracket with the holes and place the long thinner bracket on top. Note that there is not cardboard mounts for the two vibration motor bits, as this was deemed unnecessary.

Use zip ties to securely fasten all of the littleBits in the circuit together.

Step 8: Prepare the Fabric

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Cut two rectangeles that 3.5" x 6" and 3" x 3.5" out of the second pair of undies. These will be used to add a sense of style to the circuitry and cover up the felt padding that will be wrapped around it.

Next, cut a small piece of the elastic band for use as a battery holder strap.

Cut two rectangular pieces of felt that are 3.5" x 5.5" and 2.5: x 3.5".

Glue and fold over the edges of the underwear fabric squares to keep it from fraying after it is sewn.

Step 9: Pad the Electronics

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Wrap the felt around the circuitry and sew the the seam together with whatever stitch works best.

Next, wrap the decorative fabric around the felt and sew this seam together as well.

For an added touch, cut two small circles of fabric from the extra underpants and adhere them to the vibration motors using the motor's adhesive backing.

Step 10: Finishing Touches

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Cut a 5" and a 2 " section of adhesive-backed hook and loop fastener.

Adhere the soft side of the fastener to the backside of the padded electronics.

Next take the fastener's plastic "hook" side and adhere the longer of these pieces centered below the front waist line. Position the shorter second piece vertically between the two leg holes.

Sew the plastic motor snaps wherever you see fit to place them (in relation to the position of the circuitry).

Finally, take the small piece of cut elastic strip and sew it to the underwears to form a small loop to hold the 9V battery.

Step 11: Have a Good Morning

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Put them on, set your alarm and wake up to a wonderful day.


osbock (author)2017-02-23

I made a parametric mouting plate for littlebits that you could modify for mounting. It requires 3d printing, but with a little openSCAD magic, you can make them into any shapes you want. The code is here:

mchau2 (author)2015-12-29

hm... i wonder how you persuaded your girlfriend to let you take photos like these ... other than that i think its a rather effective alarm...

The Golden Arrow (author)2015-09-17

what if the battery exploded? just in. case

zlorph (author)2015-02-07

I really like to try that but I'm little scared im getting really wet from that kind of stuff I can get electric shok?

wyattwic (author)zlorph2015-08-14

Six months late here, but probably not. Although I know some people are into that kinda thing, imagine the issues some would have.

mythbuster7 (author)2015-07-03

F*** me

mythbuster7 (author)2015-07-03


Code Cardinal (author)2015-05-24

You can nake the design A LOT SMALLER.
You should make the energy transmission wireless.

Make a coil, put it under the best sheets. Add square pulse generator to that that activates at wake up interval.

Next make second coil and attach to underwear and directly to vibration module. When the first coil is activated the magnetic field will create a current in the secondary coil turning on the vibration.

This allows you to take off the battery and all those silly shields which are too big to sleep on!

And if you waterproof the vibration part (coil is not needed) then this underwear can go straight into the washer!

PS make two coils, one on the front and one on the back, this allows you to sleep in any position. Hook that up in parallel.

mtattoohead (author)2015-05-23

Humorous in that pubescent humor kind of way.

Chuck Stephens (author)2015-04-28

So I saw this today-

Anyone else think someone saw this ible and ran with it?

Karloman (author)2015-02-20

What does your girlfriend think about it. Adopted or not ?

jwingo (author)Karloman2015-04-09

Yeah, did she adopt the GoodMorning Undies? Really curious! Love underwear!

QueenR1 (author)2015-02-27

this is crazy

smartmiltoys (author)2015-02-23

This video really very interesting for me!)


WildOne1985 (author)2015-02-12

The introduction is very well written and it really made my day a lot brighter! :)

GorillazMiko (author)2015-02-10

This one takes the cake.

Baccacuda (author)2014-12-29

I am new to instructables, however I like it enough that I look up activities to do with my children and sometimes we look together at the site. I think this should be in a adults only section , if one is not already available.

iceng (author)Baccacuda2015-01-19

This author is an incredibly artistic multidimensional literate HQ individual !

I am not HQ... And have had an ible censored for enhanced and exposed breast skin with large tasteful pasties covering the normal Burning-man attire by what I believe was an arbitrary and unknowingly envious reaction by a puritanical female editor...

Please ... Don't go immediately changing Laws where you move in,...... to the way they where you come from..... All that happens is you make it the same as where you came from..... Then when you will move again, .... But not until your actions defiled an old community that got happily along before your superior ways !

Vyger (author)iceng2015-01-27

Did you know that there is a "Simpsons" episode where they go to Burning man and camp? (not called Burning man but Blazing Guy) It is very very funny. Homer has his adventures and Marge gets high from "herbal" tea.

iceng (author)Vyger2015-01-27

That could happen, I had a son in law taken to hospital after a coffee sip on the playa !

CEVMarauder (author)Baccacuda2015-01-02

This is no worse than having to explain what a "French Tickler" is when you take your kid to the nearest bathroom only to find that it's not the most upscale establishment. And then having the kid whine for 30 minutes that he wants one and why can't he have a French Tickler?!?!?!?
(Sorry Dad)

Just wait until they find the "flashlight" and "bolo" in Mommy's nightstand. Or the "balloons" in Daddy's.

Baccacuda (author)CEVMarauder2015-01-07

I am perplexed. Is this an actual response to my comment? I do not understand your references. Unfortunately you come off as weird.

I will simply overlook this. This site is a real gem and I enjoy all the creativity and everything this site can offer.

Farrelbark (author)Baccacuda2015-01-07

Agreed. I don't understand the interest in mixing what is adult and what isn't adult everywhere....

NitroCopter (author)Baccacuda2014-12-29

Oh, you're not making this one with your kids?

Baccacuda (author)NitroCopter2015-01-07

That is a good assumption to make. You are free to build this one with your family, should you choose to. However this was my thought on the ad placement of the underwear prototype. It has nothing to do with the actual product. This is Instructables after all.

NitroCopter (author)Baccacuda2015-01-07

If you upgrade to pro you wont have ads anymore.

Ferriswheel (author)2014-12-28

have you ever actually been shocked by a 9 volt? i would be really interested in seeing that... because most people dont feel a 9v discharge...

iceng (author)Ferriswheel2015-01-19

Like many of my peers I test a 9V battery charge level with the tip of my tongue.

ToddT (author)Ferriswheel2014-12-28

Yes and it would be that much more intense in the groin area. No offense just trying to be constructive.

blorgggg (author)2015-01-15

Totally awesome!

rnorton2 (author)2014-12-31

its a different approach to waking up. as for these comments, i think a few of you are uncomfortable with underwear. i think a little lite shake in the morning to wake me up might be a heck of a lot less startling than a blaring alarm. may need to do a larger t-shirt instead of panties. a lot of ladies go bottomless at night but feel ok with a t-shirt. an other alternative maybe a vibrating pillow or pad? thanks for thinking outside the box, pun intended, lol

prickly vegan (author)rnorton22015-01-13

ha ha haaaaa! thanks for that pun.

Indeed, it looks like a lot of people are uncomfortable with ladies undergarments. (I'm still failing to see why this is specifically 'sexual'.) I think a sleep shirt is a great idea. Or vibra-boxers? Why make it female specific? Both lads and lasses can wear boxers to bed.

Wasn't vibrating underwear in Hitchhiker's Guide?

rnorton2 (author)prickly vegan2015-01-14

I've never read the hitchhikers guide. i want too but i find mostly hacked bootleg versions. let me know if you explore this further, i like the project.

sursula (author)2015-01-08

i think this is a great instructable and to all the prudes out here: i think most kids would giggle at the thought of vibrating underwear because it's kind of funny when you think about it from a not yet sexualized kids perspective. nothing akward about that. but yes, if you can't handle that maybe instructables should open an adult section because i bet there would be a lot of people interested (including me). keep up the good work!

trebory6 (author)2014-12-28

Great, this sight has never said it was specifically for kids. Most of the projects here require a great deal of technical know-how that kids aren't capable of.

It's like you're blame Google for your kids seeing porn on it.

Farrelbark (author)trebory62015-01-07

It's more that this sort of thing doesn't have a filter on it's feed, and has been thus far rather good at keeping sexual shenanigans out.

typogenerator (author)2014-12-29

Despite the loads of negative and/or puritanical comments, I think it's very telling that this Instructable was ranked the #1 top Instructable for 2014. :) I agree with others that an "Adult" section on this site would be a great solution to some of the negative comments.

Great job, Randy. The best ideas create controversy and evolution. Let's hope your ingenious design creates both for this indispensable web site.

Farrelbark (author)typogenerator2015-01-07

Ain't really a new idea ta be honest, it's just a smuty idea.
nothin' more.

Farrelbark (author)2015-01-07

Now, I don't mind ye doin' this n' all.... and especially makin' an instructable of it.

fw 190D (author)2015-01-05

My name is Randy.....

Yes, you are aren't you :P

sitearm (author)2015-01-03

It's neither tasteless nor original - but it is NSFW. sigh

Espasio (author)2015-01-02

Зачем всё так усложнять? Достаточно просто и без электроники вставить кое-какую штуку именно туда. Тогда у женщины будет наверняка доброе утро!

ChristopherT2 (author)2014-10-29

Looks like a great 'early prototype' and is a clever idea but, in the spirit of constructive criticism, small changes I would make to the design are:

Switching the power from an uncomfortable 9v brick to an array of button batteries.

Much better insulation - some people sweat at night, etc., and I'm sure the rather wake up on time to a soothing buzz than in the middle of the night from a nasty jolt.

Maybe moving the equally uncomfortable-looking controller circuitry off of the beltline and having an RF transmitter/receiver combo set up to jump the signal from bedside to beltline instead.

And, lastly, I would secure the wires a bit better. In the final pic, looks like one good sweep of the hand while tossing and turning would unplug it.

You're not going to get a jolt from that 9V battery that's going to be noticeable or damaging.

trebory6 (author)ChristopherT22014-12-28

Thank you! This is exactly what I was thinking. He's definitely an engineer, not a designer. haha

syncsolis (author)ChristopherT22014-12-03

I hope you comment on everything. Good perspective.

steve000 (author)2014-12-29

Invader Zim fan?

haroun (author)2014-12-29

OK. It's vibrating alarm underwear, which is most likely a joke. If it's not a deliberate joke, then it's even funnier. Given the somewhat tongue in cheek manner of the writeup of the Instructable & it's subject matter it hardly seems violent or demeaning to woman, women, or whoever. It sounds like a very silly, somewhat fun, rather impractical idea. I think it's called a joke.

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