The finalists have been announced for the Hats Off global design challenge conducted by element14 Pty Ltd in partnership with Adafruit.
Participants in the design competition are required to re-imagine the hat in the form of new wearable technology solutions using the Adafruit GEMMA and an accompanying accessory pack. The Adafruit GEMMA is a tiny Arduino-compatible sewable microcontroller capable of lighting up a constellation of LEDs based on simple sensors and actions. Competitors will develop hat-like garments that provide functionality beyond shielding the wearer from sun or rain.
Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community, element14 explains that a key objective of the challenge was to encourage people to create wearable technology devices offering real-world solutions. The competition received high quality submissions from countries spanning the globe.
List of finalists, their countries of origin and proposed builds:
Todd Cowley (U.S.) – light-up Iron Man helmet; Tyler Crumpton (U.S.) – extra-sensory Case Cap; Gladys Delgado-Garced (U.S.) – matching dog and owner umbrella hats with directional capability; Barbara Eldredge (U.S.) – jaunty fascinator that changes colour and intensity based on the wearer’s amount of movement; Miles Flavel (Australia) – jack-in-the-box style top hat featuring a doll that tips its hat with the push of a button; Lori Griffiths (U.S.) – electronic Mardi Gras hat; Reed Morse (U.S.) – furry hood with animated eyes; Carl Penny (Canada) – modified sci-fi gas mask; Claire Price (United Kingdom) – electronic Easter bonnet; Lourens Smit (South Africa) – hat to provide visibility in dark environments and animate in social situations.
Each finalist will receive the Adafruit GEMMA as well as an accessory pack containing Adafruit Micro Lipo - USB LiIon/LiPoly charger - v1; lithium ion polymer battery - 3.7v 500mAh; Four Flora RGB NeoPixels V2; stainless thin conductive thread 2 ply 25m; photo cell (CdS photo-resistor); small alligator clip test lead (set of 12); GEMMA miniature wearable electronic platform; USB cable - A/MiniB - 3ft; tactile on/off switch with leads; fast vibration sensor switch; and small enclosed piezo w/wires.
The competition will conclude October 31, 2014. Competitors will be judged on their creativity, quality of documentation and the execution of their project. The grand prize winner will receive an Oculus Rift from element14 and one complete FLORA Collection parts pack from Adafruit.