As an overview, my project (Dopamine) will be developing interactive apparel that encourages real life interaction the same way social media encourages online interaction.
The week of the Design Review will be designated for ordering prototyping materials and practicing my sewing skills. These materials include LED breakout boards, microcontrollers, and inexpensive fabric. The week of the second part of the design review will be for prototyping. This is ensuring I can get the LEDs to work and create an effective capacitive touch sensor. Because I will not be able to work over spring break, this week will be spent ordering final materials. This way, when I return from spring break I will have all the materials I need to complete the final artifact. The week after spring break will be electronics assembly. This will be all soldering and programming. I have also allotted time for potential barriers. The week after that will be for sewing (attaching electronics to clothing). The final week will be validating the performance of the artifact and writing the final report.
Once all PCBs/breakout boards and clothing has been aquired the first step is soldering. After soldering the addressable LEDs and capacitive touch sensors, the electronics will be tested for shorts with a multimeter. Next, conductive thread will be used to both connect the LEDs and attach them to the clothing. Clear vinyl will then be used to diffuse light and insulate the electronics.
Given CU has recently moved to online courses and has shut down the ITLL due to the COVID-19 outbreak, multiple changes will need to be made to my initial plan. The most important change in the lack of resources. The most important resources for this project is a sewing machine and a soldering iron. Luckily, I have my own soldering iron and I have a friend who has offered to let me use their sewing machine. Other than these changes, all other personal changes are minimal. Another important factor to consider though is shipping times. To combat this, I plan on ordering my final materials earlier than I previously had.