Innovative Switch – Potable or Not Potable?!

Communicate with others without having to speak… According to Lou van’t Riet, in Belgium potable is slang for date-able and not potable means not date-able!

I designed pants with conductive fabric above and below the knee areas. When you cross your LEFT leg over the right, you can signal YES (potable) with a green light. Cross your RIGHT leg over the left leg, and signal a NO (not potable).

Concept Sketch for pants
Conductive fabric on front of pants
Conductive fabric on back of pants
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Wires are embedded in folded flaps on conductive fabric. They are also stitched at the end with conductive thread to ensure contact. Prototype: patches are wired to LED lights on Arduino which light up when legs are crossed.
Wiring the LED lights to be embedded into belt to go on pants.
Red LED light on belt

For the final prototype, the lights on the belt were changed to blink every half second to be more noticable.

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Right leg cross…. POTABLE!
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Left leg cross… NOT POTABLE!

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