For many of us the terms 'Maker', 'Wearable' and 'Internet of Things' (IoT) may be something we associate with DIY, Clothing, and the World Wide Web. And in essence that is what they are, however Maker Culture, Wearables and IoT are all interrelated, taking science fiction and turning it into reality.
For the Love of Wearables!
Now you might be asking 'What is Maker Culture?', 'What is a Wearable?', and 'What is the IoT?' Here is a quick simplified explanation of each.
Makers/Maker CultureIndividuals that make gadgets (smart/computer/electronics) and share their creations and ideas with like minded people.
WearablesWearables are gadgets that are incorporated into clothing and accessories.
Internet of Things (IoT)All the Things that have gadgets incorporated into them that can collect and share data.
My sweet hubby has followed the rise of the Maker Movement from it's early days. We have often discussed collaborating on a project together. It seems very fitting that our first Maker project we've built together is for Valentines Day.
I worked on the basket and he worked on the electronics but the concept evolved from throwing ideas together.
I needed a Valentines Day craft to share as part of the I Heart Blogging Valentines Day Blog Hop Link-up (see end of post). I opted for a small heart cross stitch project and was chatting with hubby about it. A few stitches into my cross stitching it was suddenly going to be a fun Maker project.
We decided to add a small screen with a little heart shape pulsing on it. But then we decided we wanted it to be a bigger screen so it could do more.
I reworked my cross stitch design to incorporate the bigger screen and it became two hearts.
As I cross stitched and as hubby started work on programming the computer chip that ran the screen we decided that if we added a sensor it could be responsive.
We still weren't sure what we were making at this stage, ideas were discussed and discarded as we didn't have the electronic components or we didn't have enough time to make it all happen by the deadline.
I needed to come up with an idea as to what this cross stitch was actually going to be and how it could contain all of the electronic components.
I suggested we make into a gift bag or box and then it could easily be designed to hide all of the components. My cross stitch design grew even bigger and I added words to create a cylinder shaped container. It would be big enough to add a bottle of something special to share or perhaps some chocolate.
Knowing what the final shape and purpose was going to be helped us to finally decide on which sensor to add to our Thing. With a heat sensor the screen could display the temperature and at a glance you could see if your drinks or chocolate are getting too warm.
Hubby changed the text colours so it didn't clash with the pink, added the heart beat pulses tweaking them until they looked cool, and added the temperature in Celsius. I asked if we could include Fahrenheit too for all of my US readers and he was happy to oblige.
The cylinder had to be adapted to an ellipsoid to accommodate the flat screen but that was simply a matter of making the base the right shape before inserting it.
I created the heart cross stitch patterns myself but for the text I found a nice little cross stitch pattern gernerator.
And there you have it. A DIY Heat Gague Valentines Day Gift Basket.
To make your own gift basket you will need
- 1 sheet of cross stitch plastic canvas and yarn
- 1 micro controller - mini computer $5-$35 the one used in this project cost $10
- 1 screen 320 x 240 px $8
- 1 temperature sensor $2-$5
- 1 battery suitably powerful enough to operate the screen. There are a myriad of choices we used a mobile phone portable recharger connected via micro USB.
- sundry wires and resistors
Is this the first time you've heard of Makers, Wearables and the IoT?
The Valentine's fun doesn't end there! I've joined up with 7 other lovely bloggers today to share and inspire some Valentine's creativity. Click each image to check out their Valentine's project.
I Heart Blogging Valentines Day Blog Hop Link-up
this link up is open until Valentines Day
We want you to link up your Valentine's creations!
Made something awesome but you're not a blogger? You can still share it and we need you too! Click that 'Add your link' button and in the Image Source section click the Instagram tab to find your creation in your feed.
Let's get linking and inspired for Valentine's Day!