Intelligent fabrics have arrived! From now on, controlling music players, answering telephone calls and using portable keyboards for computers will all be possible if you have, for example, a jacket made of conducting fibres. Luis Miguel Gómez, a Sensing Tex technical manager, presents this highly innovative technology.
Add light-reactive sensing to your wearable Flora project with this high precision Lux sensor. The TSL2561 luminosity sensor is an advanced digital light sensor, ideal for use in a wide range of light situations. Compared to low cost CdS cells, this sensor is more precise, allowing for exact lux calculations and can be configured for different gain/timing ranges to detect light ranges from up to 0.1 - 40,000+ Lux on the fly. The best part of this sensor is that it contains both infrared and full spectrum diodes! That means you can separately measure infrared, full-spectrum or human-visible light. Most sensors can only detect one or the other, which does not accurately represent what human eyes see (since we cannot perceive the IR light that is detected by most photo diodes).
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Inspired by Laurie Anderson's 1986 concert film "Home of the Brave", "Drop The Beat" is a wearable electronic drum set that aims to elevate the artist's presence during live performance. Each drum pad is embedded with a piezo sensor and is attached to the vest with velcro. The audio was recorded with the vest and GarageBand.