As time permits I've been working on a wearable computing project. The idea is to wire up a jacket with a simple communications network (and power!) such that small microcontrollers can be attached at various places. Each microcontroller can be programmed for a small task (e.g., environmental sensing) and communicate with the others, forming a sort of re-configurable platform for testing out wearable applications. I intend to use it as part of an upcoming Physical Computing course for a hands-on wearable computing unit.
- four "hard points" where microcontrollers can be attached
- i2c communication among all devices
- Bluetooth communication with a smart phone or tablet
Currently using Arduino Minis for the application microcontrollers and a LilyPad Arduino as a "master" controller (currently, just the device for attaching the bluetooth modem).