🏃 The Best Controllers for Wearable Tech

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  • 👗 LED clothing: light-up skirts, light-up umbrellas, light-up color-changing scarves, light-up armor (often sound- or motion-reactive). I put DIY bike lights in this category too. NeoPixels can be bought in individual sewable units; EL wire is flexible, but can have irritating power requirements and (IMHO) tends to look unfinished. Start with something that matches the power level of your board (usually 3.3V or 5V). Adafruit has a lot of great sewable modules and materials that handle different tasks for e-textiles. The Bean gives you motion sensing with its built-in accel; add a sound sensor to kick your kicks up a notch.
  • Paired bracelets, pendants, or rings (these also sometimes show up as lamps). The Bluetooth-enabled MetaWear is small enough to hide in small places, with examples to help you build a beautiful companion app.
  • 💓 Pulse-detecting wearables: TinyLily’s got this. Small but mighty, it should pair well with a heart rate sensor and some feedback mechanism. Give it a nice rechargeable battery to draw from.
  • Wearable help alert buttons for the elderly or infirm, often with fall detection. The MetaWear was born for this; the new Hexiwear is also promising, especially once it grows up and slims down a little. (Then again, the big friendly buttons and form factor could be a plus.) Add GPS for instant location updates.

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DIY robots, music, EEG, wearables, languages. FIRST alumna. Hardware Nerd @hacksterio. She/her

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Alex Glow

Alex Glow

DIY robots, music, EEG, wearables, languages. FIRST alumna. Hardware Nerd @hacksterio. She/her

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