Which is the most innovative wearable technology till date?
Topic by v_s | last reply
I am currently working on a wearables project that has an ESP8266 module and a circuit that requires 5v. How can power it through a common battery? I thought of using a 3v coin cell and a HT7750 , but is it right? I want to use minimal components (just to keep its size small) so i would like to use ICs. Also what kind of battery should I use a coin cell/LiPo/one from cell phones(li-ion)?And what kind of recharge system should i use? The schematic is given below.(though it is written 6v but 5v is just fine I tested it with 5v and arduino)
Question by levelsandstories | last reply
Hello Instructables! I am looking for a simple electronic switch that will instantly turn on when it comes within a few inches (5-8) of a little beacon or antenna of some sort. I would like to be able to have the beacon be small, and preferably flat in form factor, with the receiver/switch system being no larger than an inch square. For size constraints, watch batteries would be the most preferred power source. Would RFID be a good option for this? Preferably I don't want this to have to be hooked to a phone, and it would need to be something that I could conceivably make a PCB foror use a very small existing board like a TEENSY.
Question by ilpug | last reply
The kicker now is that your smartphone holds far more information than a pocket ever did, How is the battery designed to last longer?
Topic by EvaW23 | last reply
So I am making an electronic t-shirt with a very bright screen that gobbles up amps. At it's probable peak usage it will be using 9 amps (or 8.697, but I always feel safer sizable margin of error). Luckily this will only be at its peak for a few seconds (at most 10 seconds, probably less) when it starts up. Next it will use between 4.5 to 3 amps continuously, and later will be using closer to 1 amp. All of this is at 5 volts, and I will be stepping down from 7.4 volts. As if this wasn't hard enough this is battery powered, so good efficiency would be nice. I want to minimize the amount of power lost. Is there a power supply that can do all this and still be wearable? In short, I need a wearable 5 volt power supply that can provide a few seconds of 9 amps and 4.5 amps continuously. Thanks! Edit: Thanks Everybody! For people who find this in the future, here’s from saving you from having to read through all the posts… In the end I found the answer to my problems was cutting the peak amps it needed to consume it half, bringing it down to around 5 amps. What I ended up choosing was the R-745.0P power supply. Look at the last page of the datasheet for clarification on how to wire it, and when it comes. The mpilchfamily thread talks about safety, which is important and worth reading if you want to know about it. I wasn't sure on whether or not I should go with the R-745.0P and all the supporting components or the UBEC 2-5S, which is an all in one package. I chose the R-745.0P but it’s up to you!
Question by GenAap | last reply
Hi, I am looking for a way to turn an LCD computer monitor into a wearable digital billboard, but I don't really know where to start. I thought someone may did already a similar hack so I try posting here my questions. Is it possible to use batteries for a screen about 22" big? Could someone point me to any tutorial, documentation on how to hook up these batteries on an LCD monitor? Thanks, vedtam
Topic by vedtam | last reply
I want to stand up while using my laptop, but instead of putting the laptop on a stand, I want to WEAR it like a sling in front of me while I'm using it. Maybe something strappy that would hold the laptop securely while I type etc. It's a 15" (diagonal) screen laptop, and not especially lightweight, so I'd prefer not to support its weight entirely by my neck. I'd appreciate any ideas for how to make something like that!
Question by wimsycat | last reply
This is for my final project for one of my university papers and what I want to do is to make a object that can amplify or create the sound of the heart and can either worn on the hand or the neck like a necklace, as a form of communication and/or self expression. Visual aesthetics are important for this one so ideally, if its possible Id like to make this wearable object portable and super simple since I'm an amateur when it comes to anything electrical like this! I did see another question on this site which was practically the same as mine, amplifying the sound of the heart beat for a project and one of the comments mentioned using piezoelectric elements to pick up the movement of the veins and therefore create a sound through an amp and a speaker. This would be perfect for my project even though its not the exact sound of the heart but its doable, except connecting it to an amp etc isn't exactly small or compact enough for it to be wearable. (Here's the web address to the other question I mentioned above: https://www.instructables.com/answers/How-do-I-connect-a-stethoscope-to-a-speaker-How-/) So...is there any other way to use piezoelectric elements to pick up the movement of the veins and output it somehow preferably through sound, but representing it visually through LED lights could also be an option, but again, how do you make this inexpensive, wearable and simple to make?? Any suggestions anyone?? Thanks :)
Question by Charlilang | last reply
I need to make a wearable headband that has a microphone by each ear that will record everything that is going on around a person. I don't know what else i might need. I need someone to tell me exactly what i need and how to construct it. drawings might be good. thank youuuuu
Question by PenelopeS6 | last reply
Last week I was "volunteered" by friend to help setting up a rented and empty factory building for what he called a VR gaming party.My job was down to somehow get enough cables and power outlets from that rented industrial power box inside the building.And well, organising about 800m of network cables with routers, switches and whatnots :(After a hard days work and testing all we went for a well deserved beer.Next day I pooped in to see how the computers are going and where things like tables, catering stations, portable toilets and so would go.Well, the later ended outside for various reasons...To my surprise all hardware was basically boxed in and then padded all around.And although not even running at full capacity the computers already created a lot of heating the building.(Mind you we getting into the summer here)The most confusing thing was seeing several elevated work platforms with people creating a maze of wires about 2.5m above floor level.Now it dawned on me that this "party" might slightly more than what I was used to in my gaming years.Was curious enough to ask if I could jump in again when the actual thing starts and was invited for a quick test later that night.Walking around in an empty building while thinking you are inside some racing game was a strange thing to say the least.I learned why there where two people around me and my brain not always makes the right decisions without the sensory information provided by my ears matching what my eyes see.A bit later when most players where set up and active I realised that this type of VR is not for me.Ever seen those movies where someone has really bad halucinations and tries to fight against something that is not really there?Yes, that is exactly how it looked like LOLSometimes all is in slow motion then suddenly they jump shoot their virtual guns and go for cover...I guess if you are not in it then you just won't understand.Watching the screens for a while I could at least find some relation to the action but it was like another world if you know what I mean ;)What do you think will the near a slightly further future bring us in terms of virtual reality?Will it affect us as badly as social media and mobile phones already do or will it bring some real benefits for everyone?By the way: Virtual Reality Cars are already in the design visions!Self driving cars that put you into another world while driving - why think you sit in the car if you can put the seat back and immerse yourself into a virtual beach?
Topic by Downunder35m | last reply
I've already seen the thing with the soda bottle. I want something wearable to slowly put co2 in the tank for your gun.
Question by ThroatSlasher | last reply
I would like a flexible wearable material capable of receiving data via a laser. I would like the material to not be too affected by outside light and I would like the data transfer rate to be fast (it's only about 3 one-digit numbers I'm sending, so it shouldn't be a problem.) I am using this for a laser tag system, and the back, solders and front two sides is where I'm planning on these sensors being, so flexibility is not absolutely necessary, but would be very nice (being thin and durable, however, is necessary) please no lenses. I don't mind an elaborate setup, as long as it doesn't cost too much and uses minimal tools, but would prefer a simple "attach this to that then wire it to the controller" setup. I'll answer any questions on clarification to the best of my ability. Thank you in advance for any help.
Question by GenAap | last reply
I need to make a wearable headband which has two microphones at either side of the head. I know that i need a battery and two electret microphones and a lily pad??? but i don't know what else. it needs to be extremely simple. and i need someone to show me how to put it together, like an easy to follow drawing with all the parts clearly labelled. I will be recording alot so it needs to store at least 10 mins worth of recordings. Do i need another device for that? would i be able to upload that audio to a computer too?
Question by PenelopeS6 | last reply
Hi there im interested to know if any body has the brain and know how to make one of these http://www.core77.com/blog/wearable/durr_the_vibrating_watch_from_skrekkogle_that_sort_of_tells_time_26234.asp could be a cool project Kind regaurds John Cook
Question by johncook-2 | last reply
Hi all, I've been searching both this forum and the internet in general and strangely have not come across what I'm looking to do even though to me it seems very simple. Here are the specifications/requirements of the device that I am trying to create: -extremely tiny form factor (ideally a ring sized device but I'll settle for a thin bracelet) -unobtrusive/inconspicuous (I guess a thin bracelet that could hide under a sleeve might be best) -battery powered/untethered (This is essential. The device would be useless if depended on a connection to a computer or wall socket) -battery life must last a full day -data logged is just a simple time/day stamp that would indicate when a button was clicked by the wearer (wearer would manually click the button during the day when certain thoughts came up for him/her) This requirement indicates that the micro controller chosen would need a clock built in and some kind of storage - be able to upload the data to a computer I did my preliminary research considering these requirements and I came up with the following electronic components that might work: - teensy 3 (has real time clock and 2K EEPROM which should be plenty of memory for storing date stamps) - ulog (1MB of usable space across 3 analog channels, couldn't find anything about a built in clock) - Pro Micro - 3.3V/8MHz (not sure about built in real clock but storage is 32K flash space) - OpenLog (wasn't clear about how much built in storage and didn't see any build in real time clock) These are the best I could find. If anyone has better suggestions please let me know? My idea is to connect a Mini Push Button Switch to one of the digital inputs on one these micro controllers/data loggers and write a simple sketch that records the time the button was pushed in a MMDDYYhhmm format (10 bytes per click). To power any of these micro controllers/data loggers I was planning to use a Coin Cell Battery - 12mm. I was going to sew the micro controllers/data loggers on one side of a thin piece of material that would serve as a bracelet and sew the battery on the other side. Although I'm not sure how to fix the battery to the cloth and how to connect it to the micro controllers/data loggers. I'm guessing I could find some kind of battery holder for the 12mm cell battery? Other Questions about my assumptions: Will I have enough storage left over on the flash space or EEPROM to store the data click after the sketch code has been loaded in? Will a watch battery provide enough energy to run this device all day? Is the Coin Cell Battery - 12mm the correct external power source for this project? I encourage any feed back, criticism, comments, help of any kind to move me along with this preparation so that I can move forward and purchase the parts I need. Thanks! Michael
Topic by mhussar | last reply
I’m preferably looking for a textile (flexible) material & not involving much electronics. However I’m open to any suggestions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Pk3z4KadI4 Thanks a lot for your help.
Question by Domcha | last reply
I want to create a wearable device, head mounted maybe on a pair of glasses, that takes in light, analyzes its color, and outputs different tones based on the color of the light. Basically a color sensing device for someone color blind. Any ideas on the requisite skills, parts, and such?
Question by cmaglothin | last reply
So basically i need to create something that makes it look like two wristbands have connected wirelessly to eachother, just like how you connect things with blue tooth. I want to make two wristbands that have circuits in them so that when they are close to each other, a light turns on on both of them, or something to that effect. would someone be able to tell me how to do that? please thank you
Question by PenelopeS7 | last reply
Hello all, First of all, sorry for the english, I am a french student :) We would need to make about 20 t-shirts which would shine in the dark, each one with a letter at the back and some lines of light on each arm. It will be hard to do, and we have a small budget, that is why we are requiring your help. Those shirts will be worn for a choregraphy, which make this project even more complicated :) After many hesitations, we thought we could use : - for the light sources, or (red) Led strips, about 1 meter for the letter at the back, 1m on each arm, and we need 20 t-shirts (they are sold 25$ for 5 meters), or EL wire, or EL ribbon. - for the batteries, they should be good enough to supply the led strips, it would be for example 12V 2Ah batteries, but they should be wearable, cheap enough... As you can see, we don't really know what is the best, which method would be the cheapest and the more realizable, if it could be worn, ... That's why we are requiring your help :) we would like to know if this project can be done. Thank you for you advices :)
Question by petitjosdu91 | last reply
Hey Guys, I needed a mono audio pin for my project but all i cold find is stereo so i bought it thinking that it would work. Now that I have it I have no idea how to use it as a mono audio pin so I was wondering if anyone could explain how I would go about doing this. Project: https://www.instructables.com/id/Wearable-FM-Transmitter250-m-rangeeasy-setup/ Thanks in advance. -Prickly Potato
Question by SA-DIY | last reply
Hi, I am trying to build a simple circuit that has a piezo electric buzzer and an led light flasher that runs on a 9V battery. The idea is that, this circuit is a wearable (a necklace prototype) that acts as an alert system - the circuit needs to be compact. All I want for it to do is, with the flip of a switch, the buzzer sounds and the LED light flashes. I am a beginner when it comes to building circuits. Can some one please provide me with a circuit diagram? Thanks for your help!
Question by gbal | last reply
Hello, Today I was surfing a little on the Indiegogo website and found two projects that claim to measure blood pressure. I did see electronic blood pressure meter, but they always had a mechanical moving part. The projects on Indiegogo are as small as a watch and it looks like they don't have any mechanical moving parts. So I was wondering how this meters work and if someone has any documentation? Are thees project legit? Thanks https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/h2-the-first-wearable-blood-pressure-monitor https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/infrav-no-blood-glucose-vital-signs-monitor-watch
Question by mfaber1 | last reply
Hello everyone =) I am an undergraduated Brazilian student who just got started with the wearables fever *w*... I tought about recreating a tutorial I found in Adafruit: sparkle skirt --> https://learn.adafruit.com/assets/7396 But I bought the Flora Atmega32u4 (https://learn.adafruit.com/getting-started-with-flora/overview) and an accelerometer from sparkfun (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9269). And as a starter, I am having some issues to understand how to connect one to the other without ruining any of them =/... If it is a noobish question I apologize ˆˆ'''... Thank you guys o/
Topic by lucy.nobuyasuguimaraes | last reply
I have recently disassembled an old laser tag gun I have had for a long time. I am hoping to possibly turn it into an interface for my PC. Using the infrared LEDS It could likely be tracked with an Infrared filter webcam. The other key things are the Buttons. It's a more advanced laser tag gun in that it contains it's own LCD, multiple buttons for controlling options, No wearable pack, and confusing circuity with several microprocessors. I hope to connect it in some way that may allow the LCD to be used with something like LCD Studio, and the buttons be able to be mapped to keys. Is there any way to do this?
Question by Lyokoking99
Take a look: "Normally smartphone events are tightly coupled to your phone device itself. When your cell phone is ringing, your phone speaker plays a ringtone. When you get a new text message, your phone displays it on its screen. Wouldn't it be thrilling to make thoses phone events visible somewhere else, on your wearable, in your living room, on your robot, in your office or where ever you want it to occur? Or would you like to use your smartphone sensors, like the accelerometer, light sensor, compass or your touchscreen to control other devices? 'android meets arduino' is a toolkit, basically consisting of an Android application and an Arduino library which will help you to interface with your phone in a new dimension. You can build your own interfaces almost without any programming experience. " I would love to see what kind of instructables come out of these kinds of projects! Amarino
Topic by frenzy
Hello, Instructablers, I hope you can help. I'm trying to make a functional pair of night vision goggles based on the premise that digital camera photosensors detect IR range light while the human eye cannot. I have an old, functional Sony cybershot that I'm willing to scrap for the job, but the innards are far more complicated than I was expecting. As I am trying for a wearable, head mounted unit, I would like to shave off as much bulk from the camera unit as possible -- I do not, after all, still need picture taking capability anymore, merely a digital display. Any suggestions on where to begin? EDIT: Correct me if I'm wrong, but the more I think about this the more it seems like it would be more practical to buy a standalone microcamera and mini LCD. However, what method of output and input would these typically use? Would a simple microcontroller like Arduino suffice to perform all the necessary processing to feed video from the camera to the display? Does any of this even sound reasonable? Thanks in advance and sorry if photography isn't the right section for this, Ninepound
Topic by ninepound | last reply
Hello there, I'd want to build a tiny custom stereo, small enough to be mounted on a forearm. It has to receive input from two different sources: my smartphone (should act as a simple mp3 player) and a head mounted microphone. As I'm not into electronics really, I would use some help. I've read this instructable as reference: https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Stereo-Amplifier/ I'm not pretty sure about what kind of speakers I should use and what exact components I should need. I'd want to use two speakers and I don't really care about stereo sound, actually I would prefer mono sound. Maybe I could use one speaker for the phone output and the other one for the microphone output. I'd also like to put the amplifier distant from the speakers, since the forearm mount should be as slim as possible, so I'd put it in the back trousers pocket, if I manage to make it small enough. As you see I'm kind of confused, I have ideas, but not knowledge. Have you got any guide or whatever I could use? Thank you for your help!
Question by gabry207 | last reply
Hello instructacles, I'm trying to build a simple contact-based set of sensors embedded in card board, paper or thin plastic sheets. I want to make a simple game for my kids that could detect/react to the presence/absence of some random items positionned on such a board? (empty glass bottle of coke, cereal box, shampoo bootle, you name it) Ideally i would use something like those books for kids where they have metallic threads "printed" on think plastic sheets and when you press them, it triggers a music. But i dont know how to print metal basically. don't really know how to get started. I was thinking of sewing conductive thread but i'm not really sure it would work. I have seen many attempts with aluminium foil (ex: https://www.instructables.com/id/Interactive-Art-With-Scratch-and-Makey-Makey/) but those are based on the fact that a human finger touches them (basically it uses the conductivity of skin), whereas in my game i was to use the weight of random objects from the house (in the 50g to 500g range typically) Any idea how i should get started ? thanks fourchu
Topic by fourchu | last reply
I will attempt to be as concise as possible. That said, please bare with me if things are explained as well as they need to be, I am very new to this. Determined, but still a novice. I am conducting research as part of an effort to create a wearable prototype. Essentially, I need to combine a ppg heart rate monitor with a infrared thermometer (to measure skin temperature) and to have both devices maintain bluetooth capability. Any input in regards to this would be amazing. More specifically, I am wondering if there are any DIY ppg heart rate monitor and/or infrared thermometer starter kits? Or resources that will assist with building these elements, aside from tutorials. I ask because it is a challenge to uncover all of the nuance and intricacies with electrical engineering and design without having a sufficient background. For instance, it is clearly possible to add a bluetooth component to a heart rate monitor, but I am unsure if the two components (ppg hrm and infrared therm) must "talk" to each other while maintaining a bluetooth connection to a website or some other device. If this is all as "simple" as building these devices separately and adding a bluetooth component to each of them, it would be greatly appreciated if you can provide a specific link to easy sources to obtain the components. I think I can follow along the tutorials, though there are still questions there. Salud
Topic by ChrisU2 | last reply
A stroll around the park may soon be enough to charge the raft of batteries needed in today's power-hungry gadgets.US and Canadian scientists have built a novel device that effortlessly harvests energy from human movements.The adapted knee brace, outlined in the journal Science, can generate enough energy to power a mobile phone for 30 minutes from one minute of walking.A slow walk can generate an average of 5W of electricity, but they have models that will produce 13W - enough power for a one-minute stroll to provide half an hour of talk-time.The prototype makes you sound like an extra in Terminator, but the inventors are predicting saleable products within 18 months, probably powering (in the first instance) modern prosthetic limbs.Soldiers may also benefit from wearing the knee brace to power the multitude of devices they now carry ,such as night vision goggles and GPS."They treat batteries like they treat food and water - they are so essential to what they do," he said.Link to BBC articleLink to BBC VideoLink to Science Magazine articleThis whole idea seems like a "Good Thing" to me - even without the computer-control, I don't see why a pedestrian or jogger couldn't wear a pair of generators similar to those in wind-up torches, charging phone and PDA as you stroll around doing the shopping or jogging across the park. Get them with a Nike or Motorola logo, and we'd see hundreds of people wearing batman-style utility belts, stacked with all the gadgets the modern human "needs". It could really help wearable computing take off as well.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
I'm fairly new to instructables. i've only read about 100 or so and not made any myself. for the most part i can rarely find an instructable that is of high enough quality end-product or end-result for me to commit to making it instead of starting from scratch and designing my own thing, or buying something that has already been produced for a more affordable and higher quality end-product. but there is one huge reason i remain committed and interested in instructables as a website and a community! my dad has a garage full of high-potential junk! now if only there were an easy way for me to search instructables for projects based on my plethora of ingredients (inventory) rather than typing finished project titles or end-result names of creations into the search bar. i understand that this may be extremely hard to do since there may literally be an infinite number of names and objects, not to mention the various languages, misspellings, and misnaming of objects and processes that would need to be accounted into the search process as well. the idea would be that instructables users could rack-up all their junk and save it as a list to their own digital library or, "inventory" of all the parts and tools they currently have and manufacturing processes they can do with said items. from there they could click "search by inventory" and include or exclude items from their total inventory to run a search based on that. for example i could select: -super old motherboard (or specific part number) -old motorcycle seat -some bolts (or specific sizes of bolts) search results would turn up projects based on the parts that i have selected, results would mention whether i am missing or have all of the tools or parts i searched for. imaginary examples might be stuff like: -strange computer motorcycle seat -cyborg motorcycle seat -a computer build from an old motorcycle seat -ride fast while computing fast -tune your old motorcycle with an old under-the-seat DIY ECU -etc. though, this sounds like a daunting task, especially with the numerous vague and sometimes seemingly useless projects people can come up with, instructables has already begun to specify categories and sub-categories (channels?) of project styles such as leather-work, CNC, electronics, wearables, etc. etc. and to add tags and specific names for parts, tools, and processes to a library would simply be a more detailed and concentrated addition to these categories. what i'm hoping we could maybe do is add an option to search by ingredients in a similar way to how myfridgefood.com searches for recipies (maybe we could start by adding a similar function to instructables' recipies category?). it's just an idea and i'm not sure how willing the developers of instructables are to allow this community to contribute to the redesign or addition of search options. aside from searching by ingredients, it would be extra helpful to know if there are other instructable members in our local neighborhood who are willing to collectively use their junk to make a project together! combined inventories could lead to a world of possibilities for creations and networking! maybe one person doesn't have enough junk to make their own forge but a whole neighborhood would be willing to contribute their efforts to make a community forge? i know my dad isn't the only one in our neighborhood with a garage-full of junk, and i think with everyone's junk maybe we could send a project to the moon, or make a super awesome rat-rod, or make a community wind-turbine farm, and get all that legally approved by our local comminity! maybe as a neighborhood we could create something only large companies are currently capable of manufacturing!?!?!? and finally on a side note i think maybe there should be a filter between serious and non serious ("fun") projects. or at least a rating service so that readers can scale how serious they think a project is on a serious to fun scale with fun and serious being in the middle. that way everything stays positive and constructive; no negativity for being too serious or too fun! yeah that last idea is pretty crazy, but maybe we could start with my first small idea of searching by parts/ingredients? let me know your thoughts! thanks!!! (expecting answers along the lines of where to start, whether or not other instructable-type websites exist, i know for a fact this is possible and doable since myfridgefood.com basically has the format set up to do so.) i'm open to (negative) answers that completely tear apart my idea as long as they are educated and provide specific counter-reasons as to why it would not work. i'm fairly certain the first idea is possible, it's just a matter of convincing the developers to get on board and getting everyone to start labeling the parts, tools, and processes in their projects (they are already "tagged" maybe we could start there?)
Question by joombaloomba | last reply