Neck-stroking wearable for sunny days. The components for this solar driven circuit are integrated in this decorative t-shirt, exploring the possibilities of textile electronics and interaction with the sun.
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The circuit and this project were inspired by the Overheadbots. The complete circuit that harvests the energy from a 0,5V 100mA solar cell, storing it in capacitors and then releasing it to drive a motor, is split up into modules and integrated into a t-shirt.
The circuit is referring to SUNEATER circuit. >>http://www.solarbotics.net/library/circuits/se_t1_fled.html
The solar cell (which can also be replaced by a 3V button battery) is combined with two capacitors in a necklace that can be attached and detached from the t-shirt via poppers.
The motor (a force-feedback motor taken from a Playstation controller) is situated on the shoulder, and is also connected via poppers. The force-feedback is removed and replaced with a feather that strokes the neck of the wearer every time it turns full circle.
The remaining components are soldered together to a cluster (maintaining the correct circuit connections) and sewn to the t-shirt directly. Optionally this module could also be made removable or even encapsulated in resin, making the t-shirt fully machine washable.
The final part of the circuit are the conductive traces that connect the components in the individual modules. These traces are made by fusing (