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Max The Magnificent
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Re: engr in disco
Max The Magnificent   7/25/2013 2:03:25 PM
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@MicroMan: Disco? Wasn't that c.1980, John TraVOLTa, et al?

I remember those days, standing at the edge of the crowd vaguely hopping up and down from one foot to the other (but only after having sufficient beer to make me look really cool! :-)

 

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engr in disco
The MicroMan   7/25/2013 1:38:10 PM
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Disco? Wasn't that c.1980, John TraVOLTa, et al?  Aren't (some of) the Bee Gee's dead? A disco full of engineers.  Probably all doing the "robot".  That'll bring out the women!  The engrs can carefully explain their (ckt) design challenges and tradeoffs to the captivated suitors.  Burn, baby, burn!  And fashion?  OMG.  Long live our reputation.

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Re: This is not new...
Max The Magnificent   7/25/2013 1:35:17 PM
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@susan: Maybe it will be popular a hundred years from now when the components look truly retro.

Actually, that's not a bad point -- there's some stuff I had no time for 40 years ago that I think is very tasty-looking now, so who knows what will be "cool" in 40 years time?

 

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Re: This is not new...
Susan Rambo   7/25/2013 12:55:01 PM
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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.

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Re: This is not new...
Max The Magnificent   7/25/2013 12:16:29 PM
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@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!

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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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Re: This is not new...
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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Re: Maket research
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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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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Re: Maket research
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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