by Juan Pablo García Sossa
Some ways you can connect Skintimacy to your body
Lets get in touch!
A couple of ways you could connect Skintimacy to your own skin.
You are done soldering and your Skintimacy is already assembled. You may be there with a bunch of cables in your hand and wondering ‘How do I connect all these things to start touching?’. Well, here are a couple of ways to connect to your body that you can try at home. Remember there are a lot of possibilities with Skintimacy but we show here some to get started and get in touch!
First, you should get familiarised with Skintimacy’s hardware.
It is up to 5 players in which Player1-Player4 send analog values to a Wiring’s or an Arduino’s Analog In; and the fifth player, the Master, act as a ground. In order to function, your Skintimacy needs to be connected to a 9v battery through In- and In+. Look at the image below to have an idea on how it works.
Skintimacy Out1, Ou2, Out3, and Out4 go to your Wiring’s or Arduino’s Analog In.
In- goes to Wiring/Arduino’s GND and the 9v battery’s ground (-). While In+ goes just to the 9v battery’s +. You can use crocodile cables to make it easier to connect.
Remember you only get values when a Player and Master touch! Not between players.
You can try by putting them in contact directly.
Or you can hold the wire’s end and touch each other.
Another possibility is to build a ring using velcro.
It should have a metal ‘button’ inside connected to a cable.
So that when you touch it, your finger gets in contact with Skintimacy
It works best when you use it tight!
Have you thought about medical electrodes? That white adhesive connected with cables to your body. It is commonly used in electrocardiography (ECG) to read the electric activity in your body. And it could be used as a Skintimacy connector!
Stick it to your body and let’s get in touch!
An Antistatic Band is another medical instrument that works with the same principle of the ring. Its a cable connected to a metal piece in a wrist band that makes contact with your skin.
Remember to wear it tight, in order to work better.