Sparkling fun at our first wearables workshops at Dogpatch Labs
By Vicky Twomey-Lee in Dublin Jan. 26, 2016, 1:04 a.m.
Related event: Wearable Electronics Workshop (Sat 23 Jan 2016)
What a funfilled Saturday, a big thanks to Dogpatch Labs for hosting. For people who are curious, we used Seven Wonders for our tea/coffee and mixed sambo/wrap platters (they were super yummy). A huge shout out to Margaret and Mick. Cheryl couldn't join us due to being sick, wishing her to get well soon.
It was a day of dramatic blue smoke, shocks, being poked by needles, lessons on what not to do when playing with electronics, and that was one person! :-D
- Flora RGB Smart NeoPixel version 2 - Pack of 4
- FLORA - Wearable electronic platform: Arduino-compatible - v2
- 2 x 2032 Coin Cell Battery Holder - 6V output with On/Off switch
- USB cable
- 2 x 2032 Coin Cel Batteries
- Conductive thread & needles
Extras: Crocodile clips for testing, and your fabrics/materials of choice.
Setup, the first few steps before we started into our own little creations:
Installation: Install this first from Arduino - https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
Then you need to install the support for Flora - https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-arduino-ide-setup/arduino-1-dot-6-x-ide
Let's get the onboard LED to blink on the Flora - https://learn.adafruit.com/getting-started-with-flora/blink-onboard-led
Now to get Neopixel's LEDs to light up, we need to install its library first before we can test it - https://learn.adafruit.com/getting-started-with-flora/blink-onboard-neopixel
- Here's more info about powering neopixels.
Notes from the day
There was a question about what an unsigned bit is, and @micktwomey explained via whiteboard.
Before the sowing starts, it's best to test with crocodile clips (although it takes a wee bit of mastering), here's an illustration of what some of us did via https://learn.adafruit.com/flora-rgb-smart-pixels/hook-up-alligator-clips
TIP: Pre-planning - Draw a circuit and plan what you are connecting before you stitch anything.
So I decided to hook up 2 LEDs with the Flora, with some guidance from Mick as it's different from NeoPixels LED.
It was all going well... then disaster struck... well, that was a bit of an exaggeration, but for someone who doesn't sow, having to take out all the stitches and redo it all again is painstakingly slow for me.
But I finally sowed the thread connecting the right bits to each other:
Here's what I ended up with (after taking out all the stitches as I had one of the LEDs the wrong way round... grr), good attempt and both eyes light up, I ended up making one eye stay on and the other blink.
BTW, you are probably wondering why there is a pin through the poor panda's head, the LED on the right eye wasn't properly lined up, so it was a way to forcibly line it up to see what it looks like, it's a prototype after all. :-)
Where to buy?
Coding Grace workshops
Data Visualization Workshop @ The Vaults, Dogpatch Labs
- Sat, Feb 6 (11:00 - 16:00)
- Details and tickets: codinggrace.com
Coming Soon: R, Animation, Unity3D, Python, Make a Game in F#...
Dublin Diversity Call for Proposal Workshop @ Zendesk
- Sat Jan 30 (13:00 - 16:00)
PyLadies Dublin: Robot Test Framework & Workshop @ AOL
- Tue Feb 16 (18:30 - 21:00)
Django Girls Dublin @ RTÉ (Ballsbridge)
- Sat April 23
- Applications and details: djangogirls.org/dublin
- Looking for mentors - Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ireland Girl Geek Dinner
Women Who Code Dublin
- Feb & Mar
As it wasn't a full class, we have packs left over, which would be enough for another small wearables workshop.
Any enquiries: email@example.com