November 20, 2013

Today was full of technical difficulties. After spending some quality time with the soldering iron I decided to test and see if they were working. It turns out that my code was only going to light up 35 out of my 36 lights.

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When I changed the code the lights were lighting up red and not all of them would light up:

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Madeline throughly scared me by telling me that her LED strips did this before hers died. I almost cried. Audrey was running out of ideas when she told me to change the battery. I did and, Audrey saved the day!! They all light up. 

I then got help from Katia, learning how to use the sewing machine (to sew a fabric square on top of the LEDs so that my less than perfect soldering job could be fixed). 

After I sewed 2 of the strips wouldn’t light up:

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This was because I disconnected one of the pieces I soldered. After I fixed that everything was perfect!

Almost done.

November 18, 2013

Today we had class to work on our projects, and we found out that my Sqaurewear was being defective and I was getting a lot of error codes from it.

Audrey had to give me a new Squarewear to solder.

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Now that I had a working Squarewear I could test my jacket!!  But….

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Only one of the 3 strands was working… 
I looked at it and realized I soldered ground onto the power and vise-versa, so I fixed it! And they all worked (thankfully) (video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mzzPaBPkx4&feature=youtu.be)

I then hot-glued and began to solder the last LED strip on
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The last thing I did for the day was hot-glue the velcro onto the jacket, so that the light up panel could velcro on!

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