[Cyborg] Sound-responsive dress

Adam Skory askory at gmail.com
Mon Oct 25 07:46:19 PDT 2010


If all you're looking for is adaptive gain control, I don't see why
you need any fancy AI. I can think of some simple heuristics you could
code up on a micro-controller (i.e. approximate mean and deviation of
past n samples every ten seconds). I'm sure something similar would
even be possible with an analog circuit - not that I know how
exactly...

-Skory

On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 3:09 AM,  <ch_luk at berkeley.edu> wrote:
> Some of you have expressed interest in knowing the specs on my recent
> hack. For those not familiar, I made a dress that responds to sound:
>
> http://bunnymeetsbean.blogspot.com/2010/10/sound-responsive-dress.html
>
> You guys are going to be disappointed, because it's totally in the spirit
> of Food Network's Semi-Homemade show!
>
> The lighting is from a strand of EL wire bought from Cool Neon. It's
> connected to a driver that brightens the lighting in the wire with
> increase in sound intensity. The sound's detected from a microphone inside
> the driver. The driver runs off of a 9V battery inconveniently separate
> from the driver's encasement.
>
> I took a dress and sewed the hems into sleeves, through which I threaded
> the EL wire. The battery and driver are placed inside the back of the
> dress - not very pretty, but better then outside of the dress. All
> electronics can be removed, so I can wash the dress (after a fun night of
> dancing).
>
> What would be a nice addition is if the gain control for sound intensity
> were adaptive. Right now the driver has a manual slide controller. Anyone
> made something wearable & smart before, i.e. runs on reinforcement
> learning models? I know of the rock-paper-scissor glove
> (http://grathio.com/2010/03/rock-paper-scissors-training-glove.html). I'd
> like to make a wearable piece that runs some AI algorithm (preferably one
> I have in coded up). Ideas?
>
> Smiles,
>  Chung-Hay
>
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