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Adafruit’s Becky Stern encourages techies to make their own wearables
Wear the Wild Things
Not long ago, wearable tech typically meant nothing more than a calculator watch. Today it’s possible to cover every inch of your body in a fitness-tracking, text-messaging device of some kind.
But wearable tech doesn’t have to mean impersonal, mass-manufactured electronics.
Becky Stern is director of wearable electronics for the electronics-hacking ecommerce site Adafruit. She’s also a major evangelist in the growing DIY-wearables scene, countering typically glossy tech with punk rock flair.
“My work in wearables started long before the first Fitbit, Stern said. “It doesn’t aim to be mass-produced, but rather radically customized through the interpretation of instructions I publish. Wearables are so personal that I think it’s heavyhanded to suppose that one [product] will work the same way for everyone.”
Want to start building? Check out Stern’s site and learn more.
Now go forth (and forget ready to wear).
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