Final Project: Reactive Wearables

Posted: Monday, April 13
Due: Finals Week: May 20, 2-4PM

Join us in the HCIL Wednesday, May 20th from 2-4PM for a public exhibition of work, demos, light refreshments, and an awards ceremony recognizing the best tangible artifacts created this semester! Directions and more information here.


Assignment Overview

For your final project, you must create a reactive wearable--that is, a wearable that actively and implicitly responds to the wearer (e.g., movement, physiology, location) and/or the wearer's surrounding environment.This assignment is to be completed with a partner of your choosing--unlike previous assignments, you can reuse a partner from the past.

Example Projects

These projects are listed below as inspiration and do not necessarily represent what I consider to be a strong final project.

Example Research Projects

As academic research, the following projects are likely too vast in scope to complete as final projects (especially given the tight timeline); however, they are still useful sources of inspiration and new tools, devices, and components are emerging constantly that may enable rapidly prototyping similar designs.

Assignment Deliverables

The assignment deliverables are due before lecture begins.
  • Utilize github to store and post your code. This should be publicly viewable and accessible. You are welcome to use any license you like on the code itself (including no license at all--e.g., None). When you use other people's code, you must cite your source--even if it's just a blog post and a small snippet. I believe github provides academic accounts (for additional features, please check the website).

  • Post a Wiki write-up to your own wiki subpage on this wiki (example).

  • Upload a video demoing your submission to YouTube. You should include the link to the YouTube video in your Wikipage. Please take the video creation process seriously--video is one of the best forms to portray the interactivity and sheer awesomeness of your inventions.

  • Presentation/demo. Similar to the mini-projects, we will present/demo our work together on <TBD>. However, there are a few differences from the mini-project presentations. First, we will have 120 minutes vs. 75 minutes (I hope that we will use less than half for presentations and the remaining time for demos). Second, we will have a potlock-style smorgasbord of food so that we have something to eat/drink while enjoying the dmoes. Third, I encourage you to inviteo others to the presentations to see your inventive work. As part of this, feel free to setup old demos as well from your mini-project assignments.

Completed Assignments

Please list your completed assignments below.

0. Project Name as a Heading 2 (linked to wiki write-up)

Team name or student names
A two or three sentence description of your artifact

1. FlappyHat

Majeed Kazemitabaar, Seokbin Kang
This smart hat has two wings that would open up to make a shade for you whenever you're in front of the sun using a UV light sensor. It also incorporates a Humidity/Temperature sensor and three bar-graphs that would visualize (1) the amount of UV light received, (2) air humidity, and (3) air temperature in front of the hat.

2. Weather Shirt

Philip Dasler and Beth McNany
A T-shirt that reacts to the weather.

3. Maestro

Jonggi Hong
Finger mounted input device to control the cursor.

4. Gesture Gloves

Finger gesture for the car UI.

5. Spider Guider

Brian and Karthik
A haptic guidance device that can help navigate to a target using geospatial data. This wearable consists of three columns of vibration motors (3 motors per column) for feedback in left, right, and forward directions. Based on the number of motors that are buzzing, and how many times they are buzzing, you can decide which way to go.