PROTOTYPING A UNIQUE PERSONAL DIGITAL BRACELET
Many of you know how much I like bracelets so here in the video you can see that I’ve made a large one as a tribute.
I spent the month of June at New York University’s ITP Camp
with three of my colleagues from Spelman College.
ITP stands for Interactive Telecommunications Program. The camp is a place to play with physical, electronic and digital tools and meet new people with similar interests. It’s right up my alley. There’s lots of workshops to attend for both low and high tech platforms and you can either choose to make something or not.
I decided to make a prototype for an object that will remind me to step away from my computer and take a moment to do something nice for myself or someone else — drink water, go for a walk, tell a friend that I love them…
When I’m not wearing my Reminder Bracelet it can sit on my desk as a gentle reminder to connect to the other parts of my life. Currently the lights are programmed to turn on every hour, stay on for two minutes and then go off.
The prototype is made of cardboard cut on a laser cutter (see previous post), resin, color pigment, a NeoPixel Digital RGB LED strip, battery and an RTC (real time clock). Programming is done in Arduino.
Now that I’ve prototyped, I’m ready to make the actual bracelet.