[Cyborg] Sound-responsive dress

Sean Cusack sean.p.cusack at gmail.com
Mon Oct 25 16:38:22 UTC 2010

Having a sound responsive EL wire outfit myself, I can say that the
sensitivity thing isn't too hard to auto-determine. Analog sound response
just uses a microphone in the middle of the circuit with a potentiometer
(that's the slider) for sensitivity. It would be pretty easy to use a
lilypad plus Skory's recommendation of doing some averaging and whatnot and
putting out an appropriate PWM wave instead of using the potentiometer.

Also, since you are using EL-wire, sparkfun has a couple EL-wire shields
that might make life even easier. Here is a link to the cheaper one:


On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 7:46 AM, Adam Skory <askory at gmail.com> wrote:

> If all you're looking for is adaptive gain control, I don't see why
> you need any fancy AI. I can think of some simple heuristics you could
> code up on a micro-controller (i.e. approximate mean and deviation of
> past n samples every ten seconds). I'm sure something similar would
> even be possible with an analog circuit - not that I know how
> exactly...
> -Skory
> On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 3:09 AM,  <ch_luk at berkeley.edu> wrote:
> > Some of you have expressed interest in knowing the specs on my recent
> > hack. For those not familiar, I made a dress that responds to sound:
> >
> > http://bunnymeetsbean.blogspot.com/2010/10/sound-responsive-dress.html
> >
> > You guys are going to be disappointed, because it's totally in the spirit
> > of Food Network's Semi-Homemade show!
> >
> > The lighting is from a strand of EL wire bought from Cool Neon. It's
> > connected to a driver that brightens the lighting in the wire with
> > increase in sound intensity. The sound's detected from a microphone
> inside
> > the driver. The driver runs off of a 9V battery inconveniently separate
> > from the driver's encasement.
> >
> > I took a dress and sewed the hems into sleeves, through which I threaded
> > the EL wire. The battery and driver are placed inside the back of the
> > dress - not very pretty, but better then outside of the dress. All
> > electronics can be removed, so I can wash the dress (after a fun night of
> > dancing).
> >
> > What would be a nice addition is if the gain control for sound intensity
> > were adaptive. Right now the driver has a manual slide controller. Anyone
> > made something wearable & smart before, i.e. runs on reinforcement
> > learning models? I know of the rock-paper-scissor glove
> > (http://grathio.com/2010/03/rock-paper-scissors-training-glove.html).
> I'd
> > like to make a wearable piece that runs some AI algorithm (preferably one
> > I have in coded up). Ideas?
> >
> > Smiles,
> >  Chung-Hay
> >
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