Inside Out

An internal rhythm on an external article? This could be interesting.

We found ourselves intrigued by the idea of exposing an internal aspect of one’s being to the outside world. Something personal and intimate, shown externally. Something critical to life but often forgotten. We became obsessed with the heart beat: a silent rhythm, an intimate pulse, and we wanted to create a visual of this using fabric and fashion.

Inside Out is a garment which runs from one’s heartbeat and illuminates this personal rhythm outwardly.

We have been looking into materials as well as EL wires (which finally arrived at the doorstep just yesterday. We have taken the heart rate monitor apart and glued a light sensor to the face of it- in order to read directly from the signal shown on the face of the “watch”. Using an amplifier should help increase the signal which would add in extracting the data needed.

We continue our search of inspiration:

-Thinking about the kind of design we need/want to be displayed via EL wires on the body.

Example 1

Example 2

Phillips light emitting shirts and such

LED dress

Upon continuous failure with our own hacking-of-the-heart-monitor job, we gave in and paid the money for a chip that would do the work for us. Nearly immediate satisfaction resulted upon wiring up, strapping up, and plugging in. In no time we had LED’s blinking in sync with Andy’s heart rate- SUCCESS- a success we really needed.

When our transformer ceased to work, we ordered another and were again stalled in terms of technological progress. We explored how different materials would look using red LED’s instead of wires, and what sequences of light could yield interesting results.

FINALLY the new inverter arrived, and upon soldering our EL wires up and hooked them up to the Heart Rate Monitor Interface to power the lights.

Final days of Adaptive Arts.

After a shaky final week, our class got their projects together and had an exhibition. This turned out wonderfully for most people, and all pieces functioned at least on some level (but as far as I could tell everything functioned extremely well). The reception was a great way to end the class, for talking to others about the project as well as seeing them all displayed together was a delight. I enjoyed this much more than personal critiques where each person takes his or her work to the front of the class for us to cluster around, and is then replaced by the next. The guest panel of critics was nice, as well, for we got feedback from individuals outside of our class and were forced to explain the inspiration and the project in greater detail.

Thank you Osman and Satinder for your patience and professing.

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