3D haptic west

Great design: ”Each of the 48 motors are individually controllable with PWM. In any other project, this would require a few dozen microcontrollers or one with a whole lot of pins. [Sean], however, is using LED drivers. They do exactly what [Sean] needs them to do – an easy to interface way of a whole bunch of PWM lines – and they do it cheaper than any other solution.”

Hackaday post: http://hackaday.com/2014/09/21/thp-semifinalist-a-haptic-vest-with-48-vibration-motors/

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDDMddeZJ1o#t=14

OpenWear Modules Published

Zoe Romano from OpenWear.org just wrote a nice blog post about the SUPSI workshop and published the laser cut felt module which provided the base for the #BalanceShirt prototype under a CC-BY-SA license. Thanks!


Felix wearing the prototype

Felix wearing the prototype

Stahl wearing the prototype

Stahl wearing the prototype

Perseus PostureTek

Just found PostureTek, a commercial product

designed to correct improper posture. The PostureTek system is a revolutionary, yet simple-to-use posture aid that uses biofeedback technology to sense incorrect posture. It trains the body to maintain correct posture at all times, and can be worn all day long—whether at the gym, at work or at home. It’s a safe, comfortable and easy to use posture aid that can benefit anyone, from young adults to seniors.


The biofeedback training system is housed in a small microfilament cable incorporated into the PostureTek clothing, running throughout the upper back and shoulder area. These microfilaments sense changes in the cable tensions whenever posture has been compromised. Instantly, a tiny, silent vibration is sent to the Activation Disc situated under the left armpit, alerting you (and only you) to restore proper posture. Once you have, the vibration will stop.


via http://www.grandideastudio.com/portfolio/perseus-posture-tek/

Not exactly the same, but gives a good hint at where to place the vibrators.

Babs demonstrating the prototype

Babs wearing the prototype

First field test

Monir wearing the prototype

Completed prototype

Adding wires

Unfortunately (from a design and wearability perspective) the only way to make this setup work in time for the SUPSI presentation was adding wires to lower the resistance of the critical connections. Troy, who also attended the workshop and is a wearable electronics expert, later told me that he too is using wires in many of his own designs. For a later revision it might also make sense to sew on additional traces of thread, as suggested by Massimo during the project presentation.