This project is solving the Space Wearables: Fashion Designer to Astronauts challenge. Description
AIM: to design clothing that is: - uniquely useful in its functionality for astronauts working on the ISS - has applications on Earth - looks super cool
We are a team of technologists, artists, fashion designers and software developers designing and making a new outfit for British astronaut (and patron of the Unlimited Space Agency) Tim Peake, who has consulted on the design process. The suit is designed for comfort and practicality in a micro gravity environment and style.
The suit and accessories include integration with social networking platforms to allow the astronauts to be better connected to ground crew, family, friends and followers on Earth and create greater understanding of the work that takes place on the ISS.
Internet connected functionality includes: • a vision board on the suit sleeve that displays live weather status for the wearer's home location • a "wearable hug" - using inflatable material that squeezes the wearers shoulders when the family member on Earth wants to let the astronaut know they're thinking of them • 3D printer in the pocket that delivers tools/parts/gifts direct to the suit (future thinking!)
We also designed and successfully tested a mission patch for people on Earth to wear and connect to Tim's mission to the ISS in 2015. The patch uses an Electric Imp to wirelessly connect to the internet and activates embedded LEDs when the ISS passes over the wearer's location. Both the patch and the vision board (above) can be programmed to receive and respond to other prompts e.g. a specific twitter feed, sports team results, BBC news headlines.
The prototype suit created for this challenge has been made in plain calico material and will ultimately be made in colours of Tim Peake’s choosing (we want “Apollo Mission Silver”!). It has been hand sewn using conductive thread that carries power and data to the embedded devices.
Electronics on the prototype suit were constructed using materials available at the time and would be remade to fit on much smaller circuit boards. Housing for the electronics were either 3D printed or made from wood.
Future development of the suit and accessories is supported by the Unlimited Space Agency with some funding already in place.
BEST MISSION CONCEPT WINNER by unanimous judge decision PEOPLES CHOICE WINNER
License: GNU General Public License version 3.0 (GPL-3.0)
Source Code/Project URL: https://github.com/spaceappssuit/suit
Unlimited Space Agency Website - http://www.unlimited.org.uk/projects/unsa/
spaceappssuit twitter channel - http://twitter.com/spaceappssuit
Mission Photos - https://www.flickr.com/photos/aburt/sets/72157643912809064
More Mission Photos - https://www.flickr.com/photos/123353696@N08/sets/72157643989466813/
Vote for us in the Global Judging! - https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/awards/#peopleschoice