Power Me Up
What if clothing was not just for decoration but it somewhat had a function embedded in it that gave it another characteristic? This project’s aim is to make apparel that can perform functions that help the person who wears it.
Power Me Up is a jacket that helps its user communicate with others in the dark. The back of the jacket has a plastic cover with a stabilizer to hold a sheet of paper cut into a pattern inside the cover. A magnet can activate a light at the back. While the light is off, no one will be able to see the paper. When the light is turned on, the pattern is visible to everyone except the user. This jacket could be used in different ways, such as a warning signal while biking at night and a light jacket for a party.
Activating the lights needs only one simple tap. The user will need to tap the plug (a small cushion) onto the socket icon on the jacket. There is also an accessory bag which allows the user to store their paper and plug cushion. The bag is also embedded with a reed switch circuit so the user can place their plug cushion into the bag and the magnet will be held on the bag due to the metal plate inside.