Maybe it will be popular a hundred years from now when the components look truly retro. Otherwise, jewelry made out of electronics requires special knowledge to appreciate its inner beauty. Of course, adding a few precious stones could help.
@Caleb: I think it is difficult to do electronic jewelry in a truly fashionable way.
At the current time I totally agree -- but what of the future. I know I read too much science fiction, but do you remember the part in Asimov's Foundation Trilogy that involves some jewelry that generates a sort of glittering field around its wearer ... I bet that would go down well at a disco!
I think it is difficult to do electronic jewelry in a truly fashionable way. Aside from teh fact that many electronics designers are far from fashion designers, the concept of subtlety is often overlooked.
Sounds like the nexus between tinkering, fashion and the IoT to me!
Philips has pursued LEDs in all sorts of clothing as a fashion statement for several years. I don't think it has caught on but I wonder why not. It seems fun, especially for the tinkerer types who might prefer making this kind of jewelry to the sort that uses stones.
Yeah, I doubt he was going for groundbreaking, or even highly fashionable. I think this was more an exercise to improve his pcb making and learn new skills. The way the battery is mounted is fairly interesting and the paperclip was surely a learning experience.
Thanks for this article. This is not anything new. I remember seeing something like this doing my teenage college years traveling to Manhattan, New York City (off of Broadway) when I was visiting the fashion district doing the 80's. Market? Well, at the time, someone was selling an item similar to this one on the street corner; and we did not have twitter and the Internet was not as popular as it is today. Well, good luck!