The awesome teaching team of Kate Hartman and Rob Faludi ran a workshop today on Wireless Wearables. They covered what wireless is and isn’t (“calling it wireless is about as accurate as calling it tomatoless”), how to choose materials for soft circuits, and common problems when configuring the XBee. They rolled out the new Lilypad XBee mount, designed specifically for radio communication on your personal area network. Now your hat can tell your shoes what’s going on up there.
Folks paired up and got wireless morse code working with just a Lilypad, an XBee, a 9v battery and one LED. No microcontroller required. The circuits were stitched into gloves for secret chatter among hackers: the perfect communication method for CW conversant ninja HAMs.
You can watch two test circuits light each other up and check out a closeup of the Lilypad Xbee after the jump.