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In completing this project, I decided to finish up the enclosure for the ring prototype in order to make a polished version that can still be interchanged with other rings for the desired “magical” effect, and then to focus on a necklace and really try to see how far I can take the craftsmanship in order to make it really look like jewelry, not just some gizmo that you can technically strap around your neck.

The ring.

The final enclosure for the ring involved a necklace clasp so that you can quickly remove it from one ring and place it on another, or if you want the ring to be on all the time, you can simply clasp it to itself to complete the circuit and keep the ring on.

Gesture Gems

under ring
under ring

The necklace.

The necklace was supposed to carry further the theme of jewelry that can be worn either “on” or in normal mode. This necklace has an LED inside a painted butterfly figure (painted using clear puff paint and glass paint to fill in the lattice work). The LED is connect to two silver chains that hang from the bottom of the butterfly— when the butterfly chains are simply hanging, the circuit is open and the light says off. When the chains are crossed over and tied to close the circuit, the light turns on to give the butterfly a warm orange glow.

Gesture Gems
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Gesture Gems
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Gesture Gems

Category : Fall 2010 / Final Project: Gesture Gems / Physical Computing