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 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.
Introducing Wearable Technology
Length: 30 Minutes
Description: The Adafruit FLORA is an Arduino-compatible microcontroller designed for wearable applications. This tech kit guides users as they interface the FLORA with NeoPixels. These are the Adafruit’s addressable LED lights, and they can be used to add blinking and color-changing effects to wearable projects.
Reading Data from a Sensor to a Microcontroller
Length: 45 Minutes
Description: Velostat is a thin, flexible material that can be used as a pressure or stretch sensor. This tech kit explores how to read data from a Velostat sensor to an Adafruit FLORA. To provide a feedback mechanism for users, the proper execution of all the necessary connections to stimulate the data transfer prompts the FLORA’s onboard LED lights to begin blinking. Additionally, the code utilized in the kit is capable of reading data from a variety of other sensors.
Developing a Heart Rate Monitor
Length: 60 Minutes
Description: Building upon the first two wearable exercises, this tech kit guides users in connecting the Adafruit FLORA to a PulseSensor, a portable heart rate sensor. By teaching users how to incorporate biometrics data into their wearable projects, it helps them create a heart rate monitor that accurately provides warning when an observed rate falls outside of a range defined as normal.
Adafruit Flora Kits
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
Description: An Arduino-compatible device for measuring heart rate
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
Bone Conducting Speaker
Description:1 Bone conducting transducers turn your bones into the speaker cone, leaving your ears free
Description: Measures acceleration
Description: Allows users to implement temperature control
NeuroSky MindWave 2 Mobile
Description: Allows users to interface with brainwaves via Bluetooth
Wearable Temperature Module
Description: Measures temperature
Quantity: Enough for 20 Sensors
Description: A pressure-sensitive material
Wearable Bluetooth Module
Description: Adds Bluetooth LE functionality to microcontroller projects