blazer 01.2 is a light emitting bracelet. it is the first of several intended prototypes using different kinds of technologies. it is used to display text in space by moving the part of the body - or the whole body - wearing it.
it consists of an opened cone of synthetic silver-looking fabric and a column of 5 snap buttons. it is powered by a 9V battery and is controlled by a Basic Stamp II. when the buttons are snapped, they start to emit flashing light that appears to have a random behavior.
for this prototype,
the displayed text says:
the snaps are modified snap buttons with
a translucid cap prong. i drilled a small hole in the studs and incorporated
3mm high brightness blue LEDs. they also serve as the contact switch
to start the flashing of the LEDs.
the process of building the final prototype
was quite complicated. blazer 01.2 is built with 4 layers of the synthetic
fabric to isolate the various elements of the circuit.
the interaction is straightforward.
the user puts it on and snaps it. it starts to flash. to properly display
text the user must move quite fast. examples could be: riding a bike,
skating, dancing, running, skateboarding, etc.
vincent leclerc, 2003