TORONTO WEARABLES MEETUP 16: ALEX WILLIAMS, SETH HARDY, CARL PENNY
Friday August 19th, 2016

In this installment of Toronto Wearables Meetup, we were joined by guest speakers  Alex Williams of Upverter along with Seth Hardy and Carl Penny of Site3 Co-Lab.  Alex began the night by discussing methods of sharing creations online, such as by using Etsy, Tindie (think “Etsy” for electronics), Thingiverse (for 3d printing and laser cutting), Github (code), and Subversion Repository.  He then introduced us to Upverter, a sharing tool for electronics design in which the user is able to design circuits and allow others to build the device or evolve the design in the spirit of open-source hardware.  Upverter allows people to edit components in a wiki-like fashion, with the ability to rewind/play how components and circuits were created.  It includes a simulator feature to ensure the current flow is accurate, and soon it will include the ability to print PCBs and, with a few simple clicks, order components (via Digikey and Newark) for you.  It brings together key aspects of electronics design in one place.

Following Alex was Seth Hardy and Carl Penny from Site3 Co-Lab.  They shared with us their project entitled “Super Street Fire”, which was a live action re-enactment of Street Fighter II.  Wearing gloves equipped with “9-degrees of freedom” and a wireless radio transceiver, participants can wirelessly trigger flame effects on the surrounding stage during a dual battle.  Participants can use a variety of actual moves from Street Fighter II such as a dragon punch, double lariat, upper-cut and jab.  If you spontaneously starting doing “YMCA”, you will trigger the song to play on the loudspeakers. Their main design challenge, they said, was designing it to sustain the crowds of drunk people for an entire week at Burning Man, as well as the extreme heat of the event.  For this reason they used hard wires and robust leather for the body of the gloves.  With a few tweaks they were able to get these gloves looking super badass, which was one of their requirements from the get-go.

Carl, the materials enthusiast out of the two, presented his laser cut chain- and scale-mail pieces, some of which were made of titanium and neoprene and are ultra lightweight and fall fluidly.  He also exhibited his high-back underbust corset made of “lace” – that is, a laser-etched lace pattern computer generated in Rhino and Grasshopper, and then etched into the surface of latex.  Carl’s creations are fantastic explorations into alternative textiles and textile creation, and are not to be missed.



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In this installment of Toronto Wearables Meetup, we were joined by guest speakers  Alex Williams of Upverter along with Seth Hardy and Carl Penny of Site3 Co-Lab.  Alex began the night by discussing methods of sharing creations online, such as by using Etsy, Tindie (think “Etsy” for electronics), Thingiverse (for 3d printing and laser cutting), Github (code), and Subversion Repository.  He then introduced us to Upverter, a sharing tool for electronics design in which the user is able to design circuits and allow others to build the device or evolve the design in the spirit of open-source hardware.  Upverter allows people to edit components in a wiki-like fashion, with the ability to rewind/play how components and circuits were created.  It includes a simulator feature to ensure the current flow is accurate, and soon it will include the ability to print PCBs and, with a few simple clicks, order components (via Digikey and Newark) for you.  It brings together key aspects of electronics design in one place.

Following Alex was Seth Hardy and Carl Penny from Site3 Co-Lab.  They shared with us their project entitled “Super Street Fire”, which was a live action re-enactment of Street Fighter II.  Wearing gloves equipped with “9-degrees of freedom” and a wireless radio transceiver, participants can wirelessly trigger flame effects on the surrounding stage during a dual battle.  Participants can use a variety of actual moves from Street Fighter II such as a dragon punch, double lariat, upper-cut and jab.  If you spontaneously starting doing “YMCA”, you will trigger the song to play on the loudspeakers. Their main design challenge, they said, was designing it to sustain the crowds of drunk people for an entire week at Burning Man, as well as the extreme heat of the event.  For this reason they used hard wires and robust leather for the body of the gloves.  With a few tweaks they were able to get these gloves looking super badass, which was one of their requirements from the get-go.

Carl, the materials enthusiast out of the two, presented his laser cut chain- and scale-mail pieces, some of which were made of titanium and neoprene and are ultra lightweight and fall fluidly.  He also exhibited his high-back underbust corset made of “lace” – that is, a laser-etched lace pattern computer generated in Rhino and Grasshopper, and then etched into the surface of latex.  Carl’s creations are fantastic explorations into alternative textiles and textile creation, and are not to be missed.