How to make an Alarm Clock Pillow!
When presented with the challenge to create a "smart object" I choose to concentrate on objects that effect my life everyday. My pillow and my alarm clock. One I adore. The other I do not. I was searching for a solution to my incessant knack for oversleeping, thus the “Alarm Clock Pillow”. This object utilizes the Arduino micro-controller to wake 3 of your 5 senses, not just your ears! The “Alarm Clock Pillow” additionally exemplifies my interest in functional art.
Fuse together the purpose of two separate objects into one "smart-object" in an aesthetically appealing functional piece of art.
Create an “Smart Pillow: Alarm” for all those heavy sleepers out there…
The alarm clock pillow could potentially include:
... Digital Alarm
... Vibrate Function - LilyPad Vibe Board
... Multiple LED Display
... Hand and Machine Embroidery
Step 1: List of Supplies:
What to make your pillow out of?
Anything! In this example, I recycled an old t-shirt and an old pillowcase.
Real Time Clock - DS3234 1
4-Digit 7-Segment Display - Yellow
LilyPad Pro Kit
LilyPad Vibe Board
Step 2: LED Layout in MAX
IMAGE - A proposed LED layout created in MAX 5.
Step 4: Layout - Conductive Thread
Test connections of LilyPad with conductive thread and LEDs
Choose a piece of cloth, cut to size and apply interfacing to piece of cloth to stitch conductive thread on.
Layout design for conductive thread
Step 5: Machine Stitch Conductive Thread
Use a sewing machine to stitch conductive thread
Color coding the bottom stitch helps to prevent crossing of negative and positive thread lines.
Glue ends of threads