Sound Music Suit Sensor project page 6 

Table of contents: 
Background:   What started it all? 
What will we do at the first meeting? 
How will we start everything? 
 How will the electronics begin to take shape?  
How will the sound get from the suit to the computer? 
How do you begin to fabricate Les Suit? 
 How do you organize and communicate a dizzying array of great ideas? 
 Ahh, could we see a sketch the electroniques? 
 How do you allow for idea expansion without getting lost in the idea ocean?  
How do you modify the idea list so members of the team know which ideas to spend time on?  
Electronics further defined 

How do you bein to fabicate Les Suit? 

What needed to be done: 
Measure the current suit and me and for Heather to start designing the pattern: 

What was done:  
I met with Heather at Hunt And Gather and we began the work of fabricating a cool "skin to be in". 

What was produced: 

Pictures from the work session: 

Below the pictures is the ever-evolving outline summarizing the details of the big picture.  The big change was that I clearly listed the clothing issues and ideas in the top half and the electronics in the bottom.

Our discussions from this session caused changes in the master control outline: 

 Suit design Issues/solutions: 

Color that Hides dirt but is cool 

-  Blue 

- Color accents to make it cool?  (Whatever heather wants to do.) 

Sensors and implements need to be interchangeable 

(for repairs or change the kinds of devices for different compositions): 

- Create pockets that various sensors could be slipped into. 

- See the brain dump below for kinds of sensors bobby and I came up with. 

- Would there be pockets for the sensors on the suit or mobile pockets that I could slip the sensors into then snap on? 

Larger implements will need stronger adhering: 

- Stitch Velcro over all the spots where there are implements (including the side of the legs). 

Wire runs will go to one point then go to the amp: 

- Have a sheath that goes around the perimeter of the suit so I can run wires to the point where they gather in back. 

- See the attached suit diagrams Bobby sketched.  They show ideas on the wiring and wireless design ideas. 

- Discuss placement of wireless unit with Bobby (in mid back so the weight is balanced and can't feel it) 

      - Maybe create a fabric "box' or protected space where the unit and wireless will go and be out of the way. 

Gloves are knit fabric that is loose fitting: 

- Any solution for an inexpensive glove that we could put some snaps on? 

- We discussed using an existing leather pair or making some 
- How about a glove that snaps onto the cuff?  Made of the suit material? 
- Also, how about making right and left mits that effects/surfaces could be snapped into? 


- I have some old school dress shoes that I would like to transform like I he the gloves that I wear. 


Effects Design Issues and solutions:  (brain dump from my session with Bobby): 

Approach to electronics: 

2 categories of objects: 

-Physical objects 

- I will Meet with Bobby to look at a final number. 

Things to get (electronics): 

 2 Arduino   (60) 1 on suit (no firmata-just xbee) 1 receiving arduino (firmata so it can receive info and send it to pd friendly numbers) 

2 xbee wireless interface for arduino (60) (possible a Bluetooth version) 

wireless system for audio into i/o device 

9-volt battery to power the suit based arduino arduino (radio shack 9-volt battery thing) 

photo resistor ( 

flex sensor (15) 


foot controller for switches (project boxes or jewelry boxes) strip of buttons strapped onto a shoe 

Things to get (suit) 

- fabric from yardage town (30) 


Effect 1:  (pitch proximity makes intuitive sense) 

Light emitter on photocell Theremin): 

light emanating from guitar (switch mounted on guitar lends itself to musical off and on motion) 

(photocell sewn into knee- light emitting (independent circuit with a flashlight like switch) 

where do I want them? 

Do I want a series of them? 

Effect 2: 

Pressure sensor 

Effect 3: 

contact mics in series around the suit 

to pick up fabric sound 

      - quadraphonic sound for the contact mics (a wireless 

     Contact mic Piece idea: 

one on each limb (then the room becomes an extension of your body) as the signal would go through a surround spatialized audio system around the room). 


list of sensors or resistors (sparkfun): 

- flex sensor (on sleeve or knee or hand) (15) 

      - it can be assigned to pitch) 



Construction ideas: 

Stage one: 

1 arduino, 2 usb cables to computer as a first test. 


 arduino memory configuration (firmware can be changed) 

using arduino with pure data (fermata) 

can xbee transfer firmata data wirelessly? 

a way to turn effects on and off 

a way to change parameters (resistor type things) 


How important is the on off mechanism 

  Is it a part of the flow of things 

  do I need any controls on the suit at all? 

should I have one on off capability? 

Do you just use thresholds for on and off instead?