Explore Wearables with Hands-On Kits and Camps
by Robin Hegg
Want to try making your own wearable device? There are kits that can help you build or program your own wearable. Or, if you want a more immersive experience, check out a tech camp or workshop to give wearable design a try.
Jewelbots are a modern take on friendship bracelets. They are powered by Arduino Gemma microcontrollers, allowing kids to program the bracelets themselves. The bracelets can alert the wearer when one of their friends is nearby and lets friends send each other secret messages.
The Fiat Lux Kit allows you to create and program your own device. The kit’s microcontroller features an on-board buzzer, Pixelite, push-button, photocell, on-off switch, and LED indicators.
Tech camps can be a wonderful way to get hands-on experience while working with experts, making friends, and maybe even gaining a mentor.
Kristen Railey, a mechanical engineer who runs Girls Who Build, runs workshops for high school girls at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. In 2014, she hosted the Girls Who Build: Make Your Own Wearables workshop and plans to run the workshop again. You can also follow Girls Who Build on Facebook or Twitter to learn about more opportunities.