I am a student at the School of Visual Arts studying in a program called Products of Design. One of the assignments in my class was to redesign a piece of trash. I decided a to redesign an iced coffee cup. After designing many edible cups I became really interested in energy and how individuals maintain energy. One of my ideas was to create a device that would encourage power naps over drinking caffeine. In doing research about sleep I discovered that the best way to wake up from sleep is through light.
This LED headdress is a prototype of what essentially is an alarm clock. The two lights would fade on when the user was ready to wake up. This is why the lights are so close to the eyes. In the end, I believe the object works better as a piece of jewelry. I would like to re-design this with one light in the center of the ring.
This step-by-step tutorial will guide you through how to make this object.
Step 1: The materials you will need
Beads (any material but metal)
Jewelry wire (you can buy this at any jewelry supply store for about $5 or online at Amazon.com, click here)
2 x 2032 Coin Cell Battery Holder - 6V output with On/Off switch (can be purchased on Adafruit for $2.50, click here)
2 coin cell batteries
Acrylic glass sheet or some other non-metal material to make a ring (a rubber washer or plastic ring could work as well)
Step 2: Tools you will need
A soldering iron
Laser cutter (if you make your own ring)
Step 3: Measure your head
Step 5: Laser cut
Step 6: Attach the beaded wire to the string
The couple of beaded wires on either side of the ring will be conducting electricity and will be soldered to your battery holder and LEDs. The top two wires will be your positive wires and the bottom two will be your ground wires.
Step 7: Attach the LEDs to your wires
Step 8: Add the LED
Solder each leg to the beaded wires. Again, be sure no wires are exposed.