After fighting with my accelerometer for 4 hours, I can assure you that the technical implementation of this design will be Constraint #1. Considering I am learning the hardware as I go, it will take quite some time for me to research and effectively put together what I have envisioned. However, it is working now with my Micro Pro Arduino, so that’s a small victory. I will take it one component at a time, and utilize the resources around me to (fingers-crossed) get them functioning.
Constraint #2: Once the components are ideally functioning, and even before that along the way in my creative process, I will have to consider how they fit into the larger scheme of things. I think it will be difficult to take the individual pieces and fit them into one cohesive system, while still respecting their independent functions and forms.
Constraint #3: This system will have to be wearable, so, that’s a concern. How can I develop this project so that these pieces are visible and interactive in their functions, while designing something that is mostly comfortable, still allows for free motion, and is easily transferrable between wearers?
Constraint #4: How can I apply a certain aesthetic to this system, so that it invites people to try it out? The more approachable, organized, and visible it is, the more likely people are to learn from it and have a positive experience within their interaction.
Constraint #5: How will I get this done in a timely manner? I will have to keep a strict timeline, because each piece (as I’ve especially figured out tonight) is going to take me quite some time to build and get up and running.
This sounds like a pretty ambitious project. Good thing you got the accelerometer working! Hopefully that’s the most difficult piece of hardware to work with. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!
It’s good that you are up and going with your project and got the arduino working! That said though, it seems like most of your constraints seem related to the direction of your project. It seems like you still don’t know exactly what you want to do. Once you’ve decided exactly what you want to make I think the rest of the process will go a lot more smoothly!