Wearable Tech Reference ID: P610
Watches are getting smarter. Clothes can react to your body. Glasses can Google. With all of this new technology you might think wearables are new. On the contrary. Employees at nuclear power stations have been wearing "wearables" for years. Learn about what makes a device "wearable" and what possibilities exist in the utility industry for even more advanced sensors.
It takes four things to use electricity: 1) A power source 2) A conductor 3) The load 4) A return path. Of course we can add more things to increase control, safety, and reliability. Your challenge is to connect the house to the electric grid so the family can have lights tonight. Our linemen use special power line stinging equipment like bucket trucks and even helicopters! You? You get a needle and some thread and a LilyPad control system. Good luck.
Do a quick search on Wearable Technology - you might be surprised at what is out there. This technology phenomenon can be found in almost every walk of life. Now do a quick search on Wearable Technology in the Utility Industry and see how this disruptive technology is making an impact on your electrical power.
Wearable How to Guide
As with any new technology, some people go a little overboard. Use your sense of humor to produce a serious how to guide for wearable technology with a "little overboard" twist. This video creation project needs to describe the logical sequencing of using a LilyPad wearable.
The LilyPad is a powerful Arduino platform design to be sewn into wearable projects. Your task, if you choose to take it, is to determine what sensors you can connect to the LilyPad and how you can collect data. A key to the success of a wearable project is the ability to sense and react to the environment around you - take it a next step and learn how to actually collect and analyze the data you are sensing.
Custom Personal Interface
It is hot. It is sunny. The Sun is performing at its peak. It is time to take the hint from our friends at the nuclear station and build our very own personal dosimeter. UV rays are wonderful and dangerous at the same time with three factors determining which way it swings. Time: how long are you exposed? Distance: how close are you to the Sun? Shielding: How many layers of sun screen did your mom layer on your face?