Social Wearables: High Five Gloves, hand sewing, and quick prototyping

June 13, 2018 Social Wearables

For our first class session, we made high five gloves and did a quick prototyping session to expand on what we learned working on the first project. As someone who admittedly can’t sew a button on, hand sewing the gloves was a bit of a challenge, even with the very low stakes of using felt for our fabric. Still, I’m pretty happy with how things turned out. I’m excited to see what else I’ll learn, and while there’s always the connivence of sewing machines, I think I’ll try to practice sewing by hand a bit more.

While laying out my gloves, I thought I had the elements laid out correctly. Little did I know that I had in fact made the gloves backwards. But, thankfully I realized it before sewing the second glove, which allowed me to not have to rip everything apart and redo it.

IMG_1696 from Kellee Massey on Vimeo.

And here’s the finished product.

For our last round of quick prototyping, we decided to use a fist bump as our action. It was a quick and fun exercise, and we were able to get a working prototype in only a few minutes. Between classes, we were to make it a little more sturdy than our tape and alligator clip version, and that helped to solidify things learned on Monday.

Part of the assigned work for Weds was to watch a TED Talk dealing with how your body language may shape who you are. While I vaguely remembered something about a power pose from a couple of years ago, I hadn’t really put much thought into it. However I found the talk to be really interesting, and while on the train this morning found myself crossing my body, curling in, and doing all the things that people do in low power poses. It was an eye opening experience, and I’ve been working on doing small corrections since this morning. But I’m fully aware it’s going to be a long process.