Infants have an average growth rate of over 1” per month. By adding expandability to kids fashion, the increased longevity of use promotes a cost-effective product that inculcates the value of sustainability and slow fashion. Also inspired by the importance of child safety, the function of Bluetooth proximity detection is incorporated.
What it does
- Children's puffer jacket is expandable in body length, width and sleeves length through zipper
- Bluetooth proximity sensor is embedded in the puffer
- If your baby is out of range, the jacket will light up, and the parent will get an alarm (both sound and visual) on their phone app
How I built it
- Polyester shell with felt fabric as dimension filler
- Assembled the garment using a sewing machine
- Adafruit Lilypad (Circuit Playground Express) embedded in the puffer to simulate Bluetooth proximity detection
- Adafruit Feather Bluefruit as Bluetooth proximity sensor
Challenges I ran into
- Having the Adafruit Lilypad respond to my code commands in a timely manner
- Time was limited to actualize the function of Bluetooth proximity detection
- Limited resources: detachable zippers, VELCRO
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
- Being able to create a physical prototype
- Incorporating technology into a garment that also grows with the wearer
- Being able to encourage slow fashion and sustainability practices through kids fashion
What I learned
- Learned how to create a children's puffer jacket
- Learned the basis for how to actualize the incorporation of technology into fashion
What's next for Kid-Katch
- We would like to take our prototype to the next level by actualizing the Bluetooth detector with Arduino and Adafruit Feather Bluefruit.
- Enable user to adjust the proximity range Bluetooth sensors of increasing range (~32 ft to 328 ft).