AFTERNOW

A blog about what is and what could be

Automatic Fuzzy Pillow Light

Automatic Light Pillow

A travel size pillow that contain two LED lights for reading.

I observed that most people that own a travel pillow like to read. Often these people are in transit and don’t have good reading light. This pillow is intended for those that like to read in the dark.

Sketches

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I began the project by creating two sketches.  The first is a concept sketch where I tinkered with a form factor design and I figured out what electronic components I would need to bring this idea to life.  The second sketch was why electronic component sketch.  I outlined how I wanted the circuits to flow and designed a template for how I would fit the cables into the housing.

Wiring and Testing

Next I bought several types of LED light, a breadboard to test proof of concept2013-10-07 12.37.58 2013-10-07 13.29.05

Sewing

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Then I went to Mood Designer Fabrics in the Garment District with an actual travel pillow.  I matched the fleece and spandex material and bought 1 yard of each. Then I created an outline of the pillow, cut out the material and then sewed them together.  Finally I stuffed the pillow and added all of the electronic components.

Next Steps

Given more time, I would like to use a laser cutter to cut out the material precisely and them take the materials to a seamstress to sew the seams together properly.  I would also like to create an enclosed housing fixture for my flora board and battery pack so that I can swap out the components as need be.

I’d also like to explore using proximity sensors that automatically recognize gesture behaviors like the opening of a book or the turning of pages as a trigger for the LED lights

Thanks!

George

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