Hi Thousand Network!
I'm Kevin, and this is my favorite color:
As a designer, photographer, and data visualizer/statistician, I think about and work with colors on a daily basis. Here's a bit more about me through the logo colors of places I've been:
For a while now, I have been wanting to create DIY interactive art that incorporates design and data. A large part of this came from following design/architecture blogs, learning about public policy work being done in parks/recreation/public spaces, and getting to know the works of TED speakers such as Nathalie Miebach and Candy Chang. The original idea for the jacket came from a small Norwegian design studio called Drap og Design ("Murder and Design") which created the jacket about 2 years ago. The challenge was that in their project writeup, the studio only included work-in-progress pictures and an incomplete list of materials, so I had to figure out how to reverse engineer the jacket myself based on the pictures and a lot of Googling.
Ultimately, I decided this was the right WOW project to attempt for a few reasons:
For version 2 of this jacket, I would most likely replace the Arduino Uno and the color sensor with these alternatives due to their smaller form factor (thus being easier to wear):
There were two main halves of this project: the electronics and the jacket itself. The electronics followed a circuit diagram similar to this example. Essentially, I connected the color sensor to the Arduino, which was then connected to the LED strip. Color would be read into the color sensors (attached to gloves), which then change the color of the LED strip.
Meanwhile, the jacket consisted of 4 layers from innermost to outermost: the basic jacket, mylar blanket, the electronics, and finally the painter's suit. The mylar blanket and the painter's suit were mainly used to help disperse the LED's light.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to apply and do the WOW project! I'm already thinking about making a V2 of the jacket, doing a public art project with traffic sounds, and a couple other ideas involving Arduinos and LEDs that 2 weeks ago seemed so farfetched and so far away from what I thought was possible for me to do.
No matter what happens this application round, I'd love to keep in touch! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can tweet at me @kmgong. I'll see you on the flipside!