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What words would you wear? This 1-day workshop aims to put words on wearable technology, providing the wearer with a new platform for writing.
Inspired by the DressCode Workshop approach of celebrating LEDs, rather than shunning them as kitsch or light pollution, and by Trafopop‘s work in making wearable LED displays for animated graphic designs, this workshop seeks to make use of (and maybe also build our own!) illuminated segment displays for personal signage. Making wearable tech that is accessible, personal and meaningful.
Segment Displays are made to display alpha-numeric characters, such as the 7-segment display which can depict the numbers 0-9, and the 16-segment display which can also show all letters of the alphabet. In this workshop I want to experiment with putting words/text/sentences on the body, using commercially available LED segment displays, as well as possibly making some of these displays from scratch ourselves.
This workshop challenges participants to learn a variety of skills from reading datasheets to soldering and programming, to designing wearables and maybe also some sewing. Plus, think about the words you’d like to wear!
The details of this workshop are currently still in progress, but I plan to provide a range of existing segment displays and then either an ATtiny mircocontroller or an arduino to store words and control the segments to display the words. If using the ATtiny we will use charlieplexing to multiply the outputs.
DIY Segment Display!?!
This might be an option for advanced participants or those of you with a strong sense and desire to create your own segment-type. When designing our own segment displays we do not need to stick to the shapes and arrangements of the industry. The individual segments can be any shape, size and colour we want. We can create and design new segmented fonts for displaying text on our own segment displays.