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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
@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!
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.
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.
@Max: for that matter, I never quit wearing narrow neck ties which got some unsolicited comments saying it was too retro about 10 years ago (I hated wearing the ones as wide as my chest that is popular in the US!). And now the narrow neck ties are back and in fashion. History has a way of repeating itself in the fashion world!
I will wait for organic LED's in my shirt fabric... in the mean time take a look at the LEDs used by Death Cab for Cuties:
@DocDivakar: In the mean time take a look at the LEDs used by Death Cab for Cuties: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkk5wViJo-I
Wow -- that's a great video.
Re your narrow ties. I remember when corduroy was popular -- then it went out of style -- I think it came back into stylw again about 12 years ago (at lesst for a time -- I hav no odea if it's "in" or "out" now) ... the point is that one of my friends was still wearing the same corduroy trousers he's been wearing back in the '70s/'80s -- he said he had just been waiting for folks to catch up with him.