A project log for cyborg ring
cordwood + smt + jewelry + blinkies + zinc-air batteries
I intend to tackle a few problems with this revision. None of the changes are huge, and thankfully didn't require any rework in Inkscape and only needed a bit of re-routing.
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As far as battery connections go, have you considered magnetism? ;-)
It's one of my favourites... You could use a very thin disc magnet, or a tiny cylindrical one in a hole on a sprung plate might be engineerable. Looking at the rest of the circuit anyway XD*edit* Yeah, thats how I'd attempt it. Drill a hole through each board, solder a springy plate over it, and stick a tiny magnet to the plate in the hole. The magnet wont come out with the battery sliding on it, and will make a nice connection as well as secure the battery. ;-)
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hmm, an inset magnet. I like that idea a lot. I will see how well the batteries stay in with the new clips, but that may be on the list for rev 3. where do you find your super thin magnets? not something I've sourced before..
https://www.kjmagnetics.com is what I use. Just make sure all your credit cards use a chip (or handling them while wearing your ring will erase them).
Oooo... You should adapt this to handle NFC for payment.
Haha I cant beat 1/32" thick Neodymium discs, good one Darren. Yeah, recommended experimental research. I've had great success, if you can do that to your tolerances we'll have to make a medal, dude. :-)
This is a pretty good idea.
I've used those bare surface mount dome switches for battery contacts as well. A lot of tension in a very thin package. I didn't buy them though as they were scavenged from old electronics, so not sure on availability..
I think you should use a gradient of LEDs and add diffusers - you could make a band of diffusing material that goes over the whole thing and the colors would mix together. Another idea I had is maybe a button on the bottom that you could push with your thumb - to trigger the LEDs (when you are fidgiting)
I like the gradient LEDs idea; I did some searching early on for a good range of peak wavelengths but didn't make any decisions. One challenge is that my battery voltage is low enough (2.7-2.8 volts) that I'd prefer to avoid InGaN LEDs, so I'm limited to 650-560nm. I'll revisit the search!
I have a sheet of 1/16" Delrin that works quite well as a diffuser -- I'll cut a few strips off and see how they look on the LEDs. A permanent diffuser might need some kind of slick mounting scheme, maybe a pair of soldered clips or milled PCB slots.
The boards have a tiny side-mounted push button switch, I just need to write the code to make it work. Not sure it shows up well in any of the pictures I've posted. It is TINY. Great minds, etc..
Will you use the shield fingers so that people will never be able to take off the ring?
I will now! excellent idea
Heheh, barbaric and ingenious ;-)
Yes, delete it
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