For my project I will be creating interactive LED apparel. The project will require capacitive touch sensors and LED strips. As the development progress continues, it is important to determine the most significant constraints on the artifact.
Aesthetic constitutes a large constraint for this project. I will be utilizing flat design for my project. This means I am constrained to utilize just the surface of the clothing. Any added dimension would disagree with the ideals of flat design. Additionally, clear gradients are another important aspect of the aesthetic. This means that the LEDs must be programmed to smoothly transition between colors.
Material is another important constraint for this project. Most notably, the materials I use must be bendable, as the final product is intended to be worn. Also, I will need a clear material that can effectively diffuse light to better display the color gradient by covering the LED strips.
Weight is also important for this artifact. It should be comfortable to wear, which means it can’t be too heavy. This means I must maximize the perceived light with limited LEDs. A small microcontroller should also be used (Arduino pro mini)
Power supply will be a significant constraint for this project. Storing a battery must be convenient, which means I will be likely limited to a 9V battery. This will therefore limit the brightness and number of LEDs. Further testing will be required to determine just how many LEDs can be used.
To achieve the desired effect for this artifact, I want to limit the visibility of wires. This can be achieved by hiding the wiring between LEDs under the fabric. Hiding the wires to the capacitive touch sensor on the hand will be a more difficult challenge. This will require various iterations to determine the best solution.