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).

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Concept Sketch for pants
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Conductive fabric on front of pants
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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.
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Wiring the LED lights to be embedded into belt to go on pants.
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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!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/111078810″>20141106 012543</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user32259124″>J C</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>