glowundies: show or hide the switches? (hide)

December 6, 2006

as far as the design of glowundies’ accompanying garment, i didn’t know whether the soft switches i was going to make should be visible – like silver on white material, or if that was too distracting from the main purpose – the crotch – the undies. Again, simple is better seemed to win with the class, and that the gestures were enough. adam said something about, saying that the gestures are “perfectly natural” (exaggerated of course), so people expect and understand them, and seeing a silver patch on the back and shoulder seems uneccessary. also, without seeing these distracting patches, the gesture comes as a “nice surprise” is what i think jonathan said, so you’re not expecting it, but a shiny patch might make one suspicious that there’s a wearable technology a brewin…

gesture + gender

December 6, 2006

there was positive response to the incorporation of exaggerated appropriate gesture with glowundies. mike or jonathan said something about this making them less of a novelty, which is good.

the gestures i’ve decided upon are gender-specific. i’d also talked about adding a graphic for sexual orientation but didnt know what sort of gesture to associate with that. the class seemed to agree that that would be a hard thing to do, and even if i came up with/found one, it would probably be the sort of gesture that wouldn’t necessarily be specific to the situtaiton where people are expressing romantic interest to one another. what i’m saying is, and what the consensus seemed to be was, it doesn’t make sense to make them orientation specific as well, because there is no universal and separate gesture for “i’m gay and so i’m not interested” vs. “i’m straight so i’m not interested”. besides, i also think that part of what’s important about these projects is just blunt, direct communication, and being so specific, giving a reason to why you are saying “no” seems unnecesary.

so it’s decided, just yes and no. but i might still make one that also just glows all over, just because i think it will look cool.


December 5, 2006

maxsonar.jpgadam said that the proximity sensor i ordered may not have the range i needed… it was suggested that i get an ultra sonic range finder. i called the the nyu computer store and i was in luck! Five in stock! expensive though. nearly $30… but i bought two. just in case. kept the reciept… what i got is called the MAXSonar-EZ1. Now must talk to becky to figure out how the crap to use it.

also, can i extend the rangefinding with something like conductive fabric? or am i contstrained to that one square inch of the rangefinder?


December 4, 2006

i’m wondering whether the small talk generator should just generate small talk. maybe i should also create a version which spouts only the truth. or after discussing with lisa, she suggested that maybe it could spout small talk, but every once in a while, there would be bits of truth.

stranger anxiety….

December 4, 2006

“No social relationship is more stressful than the encounter with a stranger, an unknown and potentially threatening fellow human being. . . . studies of the galvanic skin response (e.g., McBride et al. 1965) indicate that anxiety increases in subjects, i.e., skin resistance decreases, as they are approached by strangers” (Givens 1978d:351). (David B. Givens)

maybe important… i pulled this quote, references and all, directly from The Center for Non Verbal Studies. It seems the guy that’s responsible for it is the guy who i’m quoting above (D. Givens). he’s a Ph.D so i feel like it’s legit, but, also, it’s an aol members site, so it makes me question how much i should in fact trust the information there. still i think it’s a good starting place for gesture research but i’m going to consult other sources too. i think i will start with this book, Gesture: Visible Action as Utterance by Adam Kendon:


gesture, placement

December 4, 2006

in thinking about the next prototype for glowundies, and after feedback in my fashion tech class from alison lewis, i’m think about gesture and the effect of incorporting that into glow undies.

i’m thinking about how my project has to do with awkwardness, and what i’d like is to use appropriate like/dislike gestures to trigger the appropriate response in the undies, but i want the gesture to be so exaggerated that it is obscenely this a problem? should the awkwardness be a result of the technology? or is it ok that the person is really being awkward? am i contradicting myself???

anyways, here’s a little research, but only a little:

i’ve started reading about different gestures and also asking people how they act around people who they are attracted to, as well as not attracted to. this research will dictate where on the body i will place soft switches which will trigger the appropriate led arrays. i’m going to keep reading and get verify informatin from perhaps more reliable sources, but so i’m highlighting what i found relevant below:

from asking people, i’ve learned that, and can confirm for myself too, that playing with your hands is a nervous behaviour that takes place when you’re around someone who you are attracted to. for some of the females i spoke to, so was playing with their hair.

in doing some preliminary reading on gestures i learned that (one) hand behind head “may be read as a potential sign of uncertainty, conflict, disagreement, frustration, anger, or disliking (i.e., social aversion). It usually reflects negative thoughts, feelings, and moods.”

head tilt to the side toward the shoulder is said to be a love symbol. “it is used extensively by men and women as a flirting or courtship… The head-tilt seemed to be more obvious in male-female greetings…This head [tilt] gesture may convey an attitude of coyness or submissiveness…”

in reading about the “love signals,” i really loved that he said <…these signals go out to announce a. “I am here,” b. “I am female” (or “I am male”), and c. “I mean you no harm–you may approach.”>

maybe my glow undies should speak, or use text that reads just that…”I am here, I am fe/male, I mean you no harm, you may approach”… i find this hilarious…

dot crap.

December 3, 2006

so i ordered those dot matrices from jameco pretty quickly but didn’t really play around with them for a while… which was probably a mistake because at it turns out, there really isn’t a datasheet – i even called the jameco guy who was no help, he just said something about a common cathode and then confirmed that yes there was no datasheet but that i should be able to figure it out by playing. it’s common cathode after all!

should i know what that means? arg. ok.

anywyas, i did play… and i did figure it out. i rule. yea. whatever it was actually pretty simple – logical even! i’l post a diagram shortly. but arg, that’s going to be a lot of wiring and complication to make my little displays…

so now i’m going to try with shift registers… that’s right.. i was avoiding it, but… it apears there’s no choice i’m afraid… i mean perhaps i have a choice but the shift registers make more sense to me, and well, these little arrays are still kind of thick and fat to be putting in undies… so, i’m opting for smaller led’s and shift registers. i swiped seven from rafael, so i’ll get working on that tomorrow or monday on a breadboard and hopefully sew onto new undies soon.


December 3, 2006

ordered conductive thread from lamé lifesaver.

materials i need NOW…

December 3, 2006

for thesis presentations end of fall semester, this is what i need

this proto is still going to be somewhat clunky, not as finished as something like this yet

shift registers (got from rafa)
leds (superbright – red? how many? order from
american apparel – tshirts and shorts and undies – maybe hanes cheapies first?
electronic thread (lamé lifesaver)
basic stamp (got it)
velcro (got it)

to do

December 2, 2006

this is what i would like to have to show for final presentations this semester. well, thats in a week and a half. oh crap.

1. glowundies: prototype 1
2. glowundies: prototype 2
3. small talk generator: prototype 1 (banal)
4. small talk generator: prototype 2 (truth)
5. personal space (belt): prototype 1 (speech/sound)
6. personal space (belt): prototype 2 (shock)
7. shugah daddies’n gold diggers: prototype 1 – fake lcd display with a bank balance
8. asshole in the elevator: prototype 1 – “asshole” button
9. asshole in the elevator: prototype 2 – “paraplegic wannabe!” button
10. asshole in the elevator: prototype 2 – “philosophical/speecha about people getting off at 2nd floor”
11-13. asshole in the elevator: prototype 4s – weird wearable ears that say the same stuff as asshole buttons, but are wearable

1. build all these
2. make drawings/design of how they will look and be cohesive
3. take videos of them in action