Wearables

The goal of the wearables track is to explore various wearable technologies, including technologies that facilitate the acquisition of biometric data. Such devices have applications both in the realm of consumer electronics, such as smart watches, and in healthcare, such as heart rate monitors and EEG. We offer wearable microcontrollers to allow students to design their own wearable projects, as well as LEDs, bone conducting speakers, heart rate sensors, EEG devices, electromyography equipment and various other components that allow us to interface with the human body.

Tech Kits

Tech Kits are part of the walk-in service provided by OPIM Innovate. There are three levels of difficulty meant for different users and their experience with the different technologies. Many of the Tech Kits build off each other as you progress.

Beginner

Adafruit NeoPixels

Length: 30 Minutes

Description:The Adafruit FLORA is an Arduino-compatible microcontroller designed for wearable applications. In this project, you will learn to interface the FLORA with NeoPixels, Adafruit’s addressable LEDs. These can be used to add blinking and color-changing lights to your wearable projects.

Intermediate

Velostat Stretch Sensor

Length: 45 Minutes

Description: Velostat is a thin, flexible material that can be used as a pressure or stretch sensor. In this project, you will read data from the sensor to your Adafruit FLORA and blink its onboard LED. Using the same code, you can read data from all kinds of other sensors.

Advanced

Heart Rate Monitor

Length: 60 Minutes

Description: In this project, you will interface the Adafruit FLORA with the Pulse Sensor Amped, a portable heart rate sensor. This will allow you to incorporate biometric data into your projects. You will learn to make a heart rate monitor that warns you when your heart rate falls outside a healthy range.

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Adafruit Flora Kits

Quantity: 3

Description: Includes everything required to prototype a wearable microcontroller project including: Adafruit Flora wearable microcontroller, Conductive thread and needles, Alligator clips, 4 NeoPixel addressable LEDs

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Pulse Sensors

Quantity: 1

Description: An Arduino-compatible device for measuring heart rate

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MyoWare Kit

Quantity: 1

Description: Includes everything required to prototype muscle-sensing projects
Muscle sensor including: cable shield, for attaching additional electrodes; power shield, for battery power; proto shield, for prototyping; LED shield, which includes a battery and LEDs

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Bone Conducting Speaker

Quantity: 1

Description:1 Bone conducting transducers turn your bones into the speaker cone, leaving your ears free

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Wearable accelerometer

Quantity: 1

Description: Measures acceleration

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Heating Pads

Quantity: 1

Description: Allows users to implement temperature control

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NeuroSky MindWave 2 Mobile

Quantity: 1

Description: Allows users to interface with brainwaves via Bluetooth

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Wearable Temperature Module

Quantity: 1

Description: Measures temperature

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Velostat

Quantity: Enough for 20 Sensors

Description: A pressure-sensitive material

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Wearable Bluetooth Module

Quantity: 1

Description: Adds Bluetooth LE functionality to microcontroller projects