The guardian shell
Over the festive period, Steph have been doing research into garments and drafted some new designs considering many factors, like sensor and tooling positions. She then got inspired by her very comfortable hooded jacket and thought the places with least movement is the best place to store the on-board computers and tools, and we have the birth of "Guardian Shell" (code name) - a shell where you can be guided, look after-ed and have some back up (tools and supplies).
Best of all, it's going to be a plug-in for the suit, customisable and easy to add as an extra layer.
Power up on debugging tools
Thanks to black Friday, we have a shiny new member in our toolbox - an oscilloscope - the DSO Nano V3. It's amazing to handle the oscilloscope after having a software focus for a little while. It has immediatly become instrumental in debugging the signals in the circuit, a great time saver! PS, the small form factor means it's so portable (fits nicely into the toolbox) and work can be done anywhere, anytime. No excuse to not work harder now...
And we've achieved... fingers
Everyone gained some kind of sewing skill after the summer... We have been stretching out conductive bands, trying out many ways to get the conductive ink to behave, testing it pressure sensitive materials and working out the best combination of conductive/insulating material to use.
We have been testing out conductive ink and find that they are rather unpredictable, the resistance of an area of conductive ink seems to be... temperamental. We've tried to print via a mesh to create an even spread (Steph's screen printing skills comes handy). If you have any tips or wanted to use us to beta test your ink, please let us know!