Jim from Microsoft has outdone himself in the race to be our best friend by designing an entire livestream series around teen Millennial movie bible Mean Girls. If you’re interested in wearable tech, this will be right up your street. Here’s what Jim had to say about “On Wednesdays we wear tech”:
We all know that on Wednesdays we wear pink, but to make Wednesdays so fetch, we also need to wear tech.
If you have no idea what I’m blathering on about, first go watch Mean Girls, then check out the Microsoft Reactor Redmond meetup group that is hosting four livestreams in April starring yours truly, and all about building wearables using Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W.
Wearables have been around for a long time by tech standards. The first one that really captured everyone’s attention was the Fitbit, released thirteen years ago, with the Apple Watch currently one of the dominant wearable devices. But these are all a bit dull, as they are small and just sit on your wrist. What’s lacking are wearables that are larger or worn on other parts of your body. So I thought I would create wearables that are not like a regular wearable, but a cool wearable.
Every Wednesday in April I’ll be live streaming a different fun wearable built around Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W and using the power of the cloud.
We’ll start with a subtitle shirt that streams what you say ticker tape-style across your chest, translating as you speak if you want. Not sure if it can translate “grool” correctly though.
Next, we’ll track who is mean and who is kind with a light-up hoodie. It will listen to what you say, and if it is worthy of being in the Burn Book, your hoodie will light up pink to let the world know you’re being mean.
Then we’ll build a GitHub status bracer – a forearm-mounted display that checks the status of your GitHub repos, controlled by your voice. Want to see if Node made fetch happen? You can do so with your voice and see the results on your wrist.
Finally, we’ll build a parrot for your shoulder that can read to you! Want to hear what’s written in the Burn Book but can’t bear to look yourself? Let a smart parrot on your shoulder do the work for you.
So get in loser, we’re going to make wearables. Sign up here.