4 Wearable Technologies projects



The future is here! It comes in five different colours, monophonic sound, and lots of ways to trigger them. We’re talking about wearables.

We're going to introduce four different project ideas, from easy to a little more complicated. Each of these projects are suitable for KS3 or KS4, but for younger students we suggest group work. Most importantly, you don’t need to be an electrical engineer to make great futuristic projects that inspire both boys and girls.



E-textiles – Safety lighting project

Level – KS3
Wearables like E-textiles are a great way to introduce electronics without the complexity of circuit boards, meaning students can concentrate on problem solving and the iterative design process.

The example we like the best is using a push to make button, which switches on an LED when depressed. All you need to add is a battery and holder then sew a connection. Simple stuff, but super cool.



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E-textiles – Safety lighting project (Advanced)

Level – KS4
Prepare for lift off!

With the sewable PICAXE microcontroller you can do so much more with your e-textiles projects. We love it because you can program it on Blockly*, just like the BBC Micro:Bit. So you don’t have to learn lots of different programming languages.

* Blockly is software that lets you drag and drop commands; it’s really easy to use.

With a microcontroller you can add in a light level detector so that your safety lighting project comes on when it gets dark. Or why not add additional features like an array of LEDS which display a text message. Or better, use an accelerometer and display the words STOP when you stop.



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Discover the possibilities of the sewable PICAXE microcontroller.





Touchboard and E-Textiles – Trigger anything

Level – KS4
Bare Conductives’ Touch Board is pretty epic. Not only is it really easy to use, but it has a built in MP3 player. Even better, you can add midi functionality. So when combined with conductive thread you can create triggers to set off sounds, and even, wait for it...

Sew a speaker coil. All you need to do is add a magnet! Watch this video to see how you can sew your own speaker coil.




Find out what you can do with the Touch Board.





Touchboard and Electric Paint – Adaptive design

Level – KS3/4
Technology allows us to make great leaps in helping disabled people go about their everyday lives. The humble Touch Board is just one of those. Using electric paint, it’s possible to help sense the world around them by painting proximity sensors. As the user gets closer to an object, a tone can be generated, getting louder the closer they are. What about sensing gloves to help a firefighter sense, even in blinding smoke?




Take the first step to empowering students to change the world.



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