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Cylons will eat you

With great pride and humility I present my Cylon! This is my very first dabble into electronics so I am pretty sure that the whole thing will burst into flames at any moment. The eye(s) are soldered onto a generic board I bought and are hooked up to a freeduino that I made during a transistor thursdays class awhile back. In a future model I hope to hook up a range sensor that will only turn on the Cylon when someone steps in front of it. For now, however, enjoy the simple pleasure of sentient robots!

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Flex Resistor Jacket!

My flex resistor jacket is finally finished. After a month and a half of failures and a whole bunch of setbacks, the PS:One logo is finally embedded with twenty big LEDs which are attach to a circuit board and a flex resistor. The LEDs only light up when the right elbow is bent to a certain extent. It runs off of two AA batteries held along with the circuit board in a pocket on the left shoulder.

The jacket was premiered (sort of) at Digital Breakdown on Dec. 18th to help promote PS:One. Bunches of recently printed stickers didn’t hurt either. Luckily, the jacket is perfect for dancing.

Thanks to Jeff Kantarek and Jordan Bunker for their huge amounts of help on this project. Without their expertise this jacket would not be glowy.

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Like a breadboard, but with more fiber.

IMG_0391Finished today: a fabric lightbright! There’s got to be a catchier name to it, so kudos to anyone who can think of one. This project was made using one layer of embroidered conductive thread in lines, a layer of regular fabric, and a layer of copper polyester from lessemf.com. After the embroidery was complete (no small task) copper polyester strips were sewn down the lines to ensure even power distribution, and a lilypad switch was soldered to a battery pack. Sharpen the ends of a few LEDs, stick ’em through the fabric, and voila! A fabric light bright! The next life of this will be on a messenger bag, so that the LED pictures can be shown off at this year’s 26c3 event.

A PDF on how to build this yourself, including all materials used, process, obstacles overcome, etc. will be posted soon. Stay tuned!

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