Hot Hat building in Florence
At the beginning of the month I was lucky enough to be sent to Florence for an intensive workshop in wearable electronics.
It was a brilliant experience in an amazing place with some fantastic people. We were all given a kit at the beginning of the session containing a woolen hat, Arduino lillypad, knitted conductive thread and some tiny components (available at sparkfun.com).
The idea was that we would build a hat that could communicate with other hats and had three different modes. There was a textile button that was knitted containing conductive threads that only activated when you squeezed them together. We also used the Arduino site to download sketches which we hacked a little bit to make our hats do what we wanted… I was lucky enough to be given some pink LED which look pretty cool when in disco mode! Everyone loves a bit of DISCO!
I am posting some of the photographs that I took to show what we did.