Revolutionizing Wearable Technology: Embodied Communication Modules

Posted by Jacqueline L on

In the wearable technology industry, innovation is the driving force propelling us into a future of boundless possibilities. Kyle and Kelson, two creators whose collaborative work has created two wearable technology modules. These modules not only interact with the external environment but also with each other, opening a new era of interconnected devices aimed at redefining human-computer interaction.

The start of this project can be traced back to a moment of inspiration during Nuit Blanche 2022. Fuelled by a desire for expression, Kyle and Kelson started on a journey to meld artistry with technology. What began as a simple experiment with dollar store components burgeoned into an ecosystem of innovation that pushes the boundaries of creativity and functionality.

At the base of these modules is an infrastructure anchored by powerful Arduino (ESP32) microcontroller boards. These serve as the nerve center, powering sensors, knobs, buttons, and input/output devices that are integrated into ergonomic gloves. Real-time data acquisition on environmental parameters such as weather conditions, CO2 levels, and user activities insitls these modules with unparalleled functionality. Furthermore, their versality extends to interfacing with other devices, such as photography light sticks allowing for the maximization of ease of use of such devices.

"It is remote touch, it is remote communication, its communication without words, its communication without text or a screen or any of that. Its how can you talk without a cell phone, without being next to the person.” – Kelson

The modules distinctive interaction paradigm transcends conventional communication, fostering a for of non-verbal remote interaction that enriches user experiences. While each module boasts unique design elements and functionalities, they share a common foundation, fostering bidirectional communication and collaborative exploration.

Design and Wearability

Combining form and function, comfort and practicality were considerations resulting in a fusion of technology and fashion. As Kelson describes, they go beyond mere technology, becoming extensions of self – digital works that blur the line between fashion and function. 

“It's a form of quiet outreach, its a form of customizing your sense. Its empowering” – Kyle


Technology and Connectivity

The modules connectivity is underpinned by innovative solutions that defy convention. Leveraging Wi-Fi tethering and home servers, these devices establish connections, enabling data exchange and remote interaction. The project’s emphasis on embodied communication and synthetic synesthesia represents a leap in human-computer interaction, unlocking new experiences and applications.

User Experience and Interaction

The user experience is as diverse as the individuals who encounter these modules. From intrigued onlookers to avid enthusiasts, the devices spark curiosity and intrigue. Their potential applications extend far beyond traditional realms, offering a lifeline for individuals with diverse needs, from mental health support to remote communication and beyond.

Applications and Potential Impact

The potential impact of these modules extends into diverse industries and communities. From revolutionizing mental health support to enhancing everyday experiences, these devices open new avenues for expression, communication, and connection. Their empowering nature empowers users to customize their sensory experiences, fostering a sense of agency and belonging.

Future Plans and Enhancements

With every iteration, the project evolves, pushing the boundaries of innovation and imagination. From developing modules that are functional underwater to in the air, the possibilities are as limitless as the human imagination. Kyle and Kelson envision a future where these modules seamlessly integrate into daily life, becoming extensions of the self.

To those intrigued by these devices, Kyle and Kelson offer a simple yet impactful message: Don’t look for an idea and don’t wait for an idea, just start. Do it wrong, because doing it wrong is the first step to doing it right. As they continue to push the boundaries of wearable technology, they extend an open invitation to join them on this journey of exploration and innovation yourselves.


Do It Yourself!

In this step-by-step guide, we'll walk through how to create your very own wearable glove, inspired by the interconnected modules developed by Kyle and Kelson. This glove will incorporate an Arduino (ESP32) microcontroller board, sensors, lights, buttons, and a battery, allowing for interactive and functional wearables.

Materials Needed:

  1. Arduino (ESP32) microcontroller board
  2. Sensors (e.g., temperature sensor, light sensor)
  3. LED lights
  4. Buttons
  5. Battery
  6. Glove
  7. Wires
  8. Soldering iron (optional)
  9. Hot glue gun (optional)
  10. Fabric for aesthetics (optional)

Step 1: Planning and Design

- Decide on the functionalities you want your wearable glove to have. Consider sensors, lights, buttons, and any other interactive components.

- Sketch out a design for where each component will be placed on the glove. Consider ergonomics and accessibility.

 Step 2: Setting Up the Arduino

- Begin by setting up your Arduino (ESP32) microcontroller board. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to install the necessary drivers and software onto your computer.

- Write a simple code that initializes the board and defines the functionalities you want (e.g., reading sensor data, controlling lights).

 Step 3: Integrating Sensors

- Connect your chosen sensors to the Arduino board using wires. Ensure they are securely attached and positioned according to your design.

- Write code to read data from the sensors and display it or use it to control other components. 

Step 4: Adding LED Lights

- Attach LED lights to the glove in the desired locations. These can be sewn into the fabric or attached using adhesive.

- Connect the LED lights to the Arduino board using wires.

- Write code to control the LED lights based on sensor data or user input.

Step 5: Incorporating Buttons

- Decide where you want to place buttons on the glove for user interaction.

- Attach the buttons securely to the glove and connect them to the Arduino board.

- Write code to detect button presses and trigger specific actions or functionalities.

- Feel free to use sample code to get you started. Then tweak it as you go.

Step 6: Powering the Glove

- Choose a suitable battery to power your wearable glove. Ensure it provides enough power to run all components for an extended period.

- Connect the battery to the Arduino board, ensuring proper polarity and secure connections. 

Step 7: Testing and Troubleshooting

- Test each component of your wearable glove to ensure everything is functioning as expected.

- Troubleshoot any issues that arise, such as faulty connections or code errors.

- Make any necessary adjustments to improve performance or usability.

Step 8: Final Touches

- Once everything is working correctly, finalize the aesthetics of your wearable glove. You can add fabric or decorations to make it visually appealing.

- Secure any loose wires or components soldering, using a hot glue gun or by sewing them into place.

Step 9: Enjoy Your Wearable Glove

- Put on your newly created wearable glove and marvel at your work!

- Experiment with different functionalities and explore the possibilities of wearable technology.

- Share your creation with others and inspire them to embark on their own wearable technology projects.


By following these steps, you can create a personalized wearable glove that incorporates Arduino technology, sensors, lights, buttons, and more. Whether you're interested in art, fashion, or technology, this project offers a unique opportunity to express yourself and explore the exciting world of wearable technology.


Are you ready to take your wearable projects to the next level? Whether you're a seasoned maker or just starting out, these tools and components will empower you to build wearables that push the boundaries of technology. From advanced sensors and microcontrollers to sleek enclosures, we've curated a collection of must-have items to enhance your project's functionality and aesthetics.



Arduino UNO R4 Minima

Arduino UNO R4 WiFi

Arduino Uno WiFi Rev2

Arduino Mega 2560 Rev3

Arduino Nano ESP32

CAROBOT Arduino Discovery Starter Kit (Lite) v3



Hakko FX-888D Soldering Station

Soldering Paste (10cc)

Hakko Soldering Tip (ED6)

Hakko RED 503 Soldering Iron 



Water Level Sensor

Flame Sensor Module

Flex Sensor (2.2")

UV Sensor (ML8511)

LilyPad Light Sensor

Temperature Sensor (TMP36)

Sound Sensor Module

Arduino LilyPad Temperature Sensor

MAX6675 Thermocouple Sensor Module

DHT22 Temperature and Humidity Sensor

Hall Effect Sensor (US1881)

Infrared Sensor Module (TCRT5000)

Mini Photocell (Light Sensor)

Temperature Sensor - Waterproof (DS18B20)

SW-520D Tilt Sensor

TinkerKit Sensor Shield

Humidity and Temperature Sensor (DHT11)

SparkFun ZX Distance and Gesture Sensor

AM2320 Digital Temperature and Humidity Sensor



Trimpot 10K with Knob (Potentiometer)

RC Servo or ESC Tester with Adjustment Knob

Rotary Potentiometer Knob / Cap (for 6mm shaft, Red)

Rotary Potentiometer Knob / Cap (for 6mm shaft, White)

Aluminum Rotary Potentiometer Knob / Cap (for 6mm shaft)



Concave Button - Blue

Concave Button - Red

Concave Button - Black

Concave Button - Green

Concave Button - Yellow

Concave Button - White

Arduino LilyPad Button Board

Keypad (16 Buttons)

SwissCHEESE Button Module (Yellow)

SwissCHEESE Button Module (Blue)

SwissCHEESE Button Module (Green)

SwissCHEESE Button Module (Red)



I²C 16-Channel Input/Output Port Expander (MCP23017)

Regulated Switching Wall Power Supply Adapter (12V 1A/1000mA) - UL Listed

Regulated Switching Wall Power Supply Adapter (9V 2A/2000mA) - UL Listed

Regulated Switching Wall Power Supply Adapter (5V 2A/2000mA) - UL Listed

Pololu 12V 500mA Step-Down Voltage Regulator (12.1-36V Input D24V5F12)

Pololu 9V 1.4A Step-Up Voltage Regulator (2.5-9V Input U3V12F9)

Pololu 3.3V 600mA Step-Down Voltage Regulator (3.8-42V Input D24V6F3)

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