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JanineLove
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Maket research
JanineLove   7/24/2013 4:14:39 PM
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Any market research done on this product? I'm an earring wearer, and, frankly, I'm thinking "no thanks!"

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Caleb Kraft   7/24/2013 4:16:29 PM
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Hahaha, I doubt it is something intended for a broad market. I know several people that would wear this with pride at certain events, but it won't be making it into a store in your local mall any time soon. 

The inspiration for this project was actually a woman making earrings out of computer parts!

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Earrings from computer parts
JanineLove   7/24/2013 4:18:36 PM
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Making earrings from computer parts? Well that's green of her anyway. One of the coolest things I bought was a clipboard that was made out of an old PCB.

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mcgrathdylan   7/24/2013 5:37:59 PM
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It's  a cool project, but I have to agree with Janine. The fashionability, if that is a word, is questionable.

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This is not new...
Charles.Desassure   7/25/2013 8:33:39 AM
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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!

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kfield   7/25/2013 11:27:44 AM
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It would be totally cool to connect it up to a wireless mesh network and blink specific patterns when in proximity of someone else wearing the same earrings. A kind of secret handshake.

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Caleb Kraft   7/25/2013 11:31:07 AM
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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. 

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rick merritt   7/25/2013 11:42:59 AM
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@kfield: Interesting idea. Didn't they try something like that with hats at an engineering event recently ;-)

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rick merritt   7/25/2013 11:45:42 AM
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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.

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Caleb Kraft   7/25/2013 11:50:35 AM
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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. 

The "i Necklace" by Adafruit was a decent example. They did a cufflink version too. 

 

 

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