In week two we focused on electronics. We took apart smart devices and looked at a lot of sensors. At the end of the week we had to build a setup where you would use electronics to make something. I wanted to make a interactive lesson for children to learn about electronics and circuits. You can find the project here.
The Wardrobe as a system
The wardrobe as a system means to see all the clothes in the world a an ecosystem. The research from Irene Maldini tries to visualize and discover how this system works in reality. With research methods learned at the Makers lab a research question arose: ”How can you observe the life cycles of clothes items in the wardrobe as a system? ”
This project is about the discovery what the wardrobe as a system is. And the development of a research gadget that gathers data about this system. To make the system more visible and make people aware of what it is.
With our main research question in mind , “ How can we track the life cycles of clothing items in the wardrobe as a system? “, we started to work on a research probe. We wanted to make a probe that would able to track clothes so that it could give researchers insight into how people use their clothes and to give users a new way to look at their wardrobe.
With the data we could receive from our research probe we could see which clothing items are used often and which items don’t get used a lot. This way we could give users feedback. Another way the data could be used is by creating a game around it by having clothes randomly picked out for users to wear, or to create a system where people could exchange the clothes they don’t use with other users.
How to use?
If you want to use it you need to connect it to a power source first. In this version we use a. When your done with scanning remove the power source. Make sure the probe is connected when you turn the power on. When you have this probe you only use it for 3x one minute a day (when your interacting with your clothes). The data will be automatically uploaded to the server, so the researcher can check in on the process at any time. We think that you will get a good data set after three months of use.