Prototyping Wearables -- Station 5: FLORA

Prototyping Wearables -- Station 5: FLORA

Part of my 2-hour workshop "Prototyping New Wearable Experiences with Soft Electronics and Arduinos" at Wearables DevCon 2014 (wearablesdevcon.com).

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Pearl Chen

March 05, 2014
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    H E N F L O R A P R OT OT Y P I N G W E A R A B L E S — S TAT I O N 5
  2. W h a t i s a F L O

    R A ? 3 0 S E C O N D I N T R O • An Arduino-compatible micro-controller. • Sewable form factor. • FLORA modules designed to be chain-able and communicate via I2C. • Robust on-board power solution. • Built-in USB support, including USB HID. • Designed by Limor Fried (Ladyada) and sold by Adafruit starting 2012. • ~$25 for FLORA board Image credit: adafruit.com
  3. W h a t i s a F L O

    R A ? 2 M I N U T E I N T R O Video: youtube.com/watch?v=kiBbRU5rwQc
  4. Ho w t o u s e a F L

    O R A ? G E T T I N G S TA R T E D, Q U I C K O V E R V I E W 1. Download and install the IDE
 (This is a modified version of the regular Arduino IDE. If you have multiple IDEs installed, rename them so you don’t get confused! e.g. “Arduino”, “Arduino-GEMMA”, “Arduino-FLORA”) • FLORA: learn.adafruit.com/getting-started-with-flora/download-software 
 Note: On Mac Mavericks, change your Security & Privacy settings to “Anywhere” to launch IDE. Then restore your settings back to normal afterwards. 2. Plug in the FLORA via USB and configure Arduino IDE
 Tools > Board > Adafruit FLORA
 Tools > Serial Port > /dev/tty.usbmodemXXXXX (Mac)
 or COMX (Windows) 3. Open up the Blink sketch
 Check the USB thumbdrive for: Adafruit FLORA > Sketches > Blink > Blink.ino
 Note: Pin 7 (the internal red LED does not support PWM so you can’t use Pulse.ino on that pin) 4. Upload the sketch
  5. Ho w t o u s e a F L

    O R A ? G E T T I N G S TA R T E D, F U L L O V E R V I E W Getting Started with FLORA guide: learn.adafruit.com/getting-started-with-flora
  6. P i n d i a g r a m

    G E T T I N G S TA R T E D, O V E R V I E W Image credit: adafruit.com
  7. Wi r e u p a n a c c

    e l e ro m e t e r N E X T S T E P S 1. Download and install the Adafruit_LSM303 library
 learn.adafruit.com/flora-accelerometer/programming
 Place the “Adafruit_LSM303” folder in your Arduino libraries folder (e.g. ~/Documents/Arduino/ libraries) and restart the IDE. 2. Open and upload the LSM303 “Test” sketch.
 From Arduino menu: File > Examples > Adafruit_LSM303 > Test 3. Use alligator clips to complete the following circuit:
 (Use USB or battery power.) 4. Open up the Arduino serial monitor.
 Move the accelerometer around to see logged values.
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  9. R a p i d P ro t o t

    y p i n g U S I N G T H E F LO R A F O R : • Ideal for soft-circuit prototypes. • Use alligator clips (or just twist wire onto the pads) to test first circuit designs. • Ecosystem of FLORA accessories/modules available: 
 Bluetooth, GPS, 3-axis accelerometer, compass module, flex sensor, piezo, IR LED, push button, embroidered + capacitive keypad, OLED and more.
  10. We a r a b l e p ro j

    e c t s R E S O U R C E S Image credit: adafruit.com/products/659
  11. C i t i B i ke He l m

    e t W E A R A B L E P R O J E C T S Citi Bike Helmet by Adafruit, Tyler Cooper, Justin Cooper Watch the video: youtube.com/watch?v=EuaouqKbbz0 Tutorial: learn.adafruit.com/citi-bike-helmet
  12. C h a m e l e o n S

    c a r f W E A R A B L E P R O J E C T S Chameleon Scarf by Becky Stern Watch the video: youtube.com Tutorial: learn.adafruit.com/chameleon-scarf
  13. E x p l o r i n g f

    u r t h e r R E S O U R C E S Image credit: adafruit.com/products/659
  14. Mo r e F L O R A t u

    t o r i a l s E X P LO R I N G F U R T H E R Go to learn.adafruit.com/category/flora
  15. We a r a b l e E l e

    c t ro n i c s S h o w E X P LO R I N G F U R T H E R Tune in every Wed: plus.google.com/+adafruit
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    H E N Q u e s t i o n s ? T H A N K S !