Brainwave-Controlled Paper Garment
Chipboard · Conductive Thread · Thermochromic Pigment · Acrylic Paint & Brush · Small Pieces of Paper · Arduino · Jumper Wires & Alligator Clips · Paper Tape · 9V Batteries · Heating Circuits (Transistor TIP120, Resister 100K-Ohm, Resister 100Ohm, Diode IN4148, Copper Tape)
My project, Self-portrait is an experimental interactive wearable paper garment for performance, which uses thermochromic pigment, soft circuits, and Arduino connected to my vital signs such as heartbeats or brainwaves.
My concept is all about self-esteem, self-portrait, aesthetic emotions, and human connection. I express my internal feelings and emotions in front of audiences through the garment which means to reveal my true self as the second body instead of myself sealing, faking or hiding behind the technology. Ultimately, I aim to find ways to reach healing moments with audiences through empathy.
We might feel LEDs bring out more aesthetic qualities. However, I realized LEDs connected to sensors exist already and are no longer attractive to me. So, I followed another line of inquiry like thermochromic pigment for my thesis prototypes.
In 2014, I focused on materials and power tests. Originally, I wanted to connect a Pulse sensor. But, I realized that I need to figure out more specifically emotions and human vital sensors. So, I tried to test out a Neurosky of the meditation Journal that can be concentrated on myself. In this part, Birce and Fito supported me fully. (Thanks a lot, guys! I really appreciate your help!)
At that time, I was still figuring out which sensors are practical for this project, and I needed to build clear circuits for aesthetic wearable designs. I learned a lot of weak points and limitations to wearable technology through this project.
Instructables Version: http://www.instructables.com/id/Self-portrait-1/
I have won a prize in the Papercraft Contest on January 27, 2015. Of the 400 entries received, my project named the Brainwave-Controlled Paper Garment has been selected as one of the 23 prizes. http://www.instructables.com/contest/papercraft/