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Alex JuBy Alex Ju
First created
Alex JuBy Alex Ju
First created
$1,775
pledged of 2 500 $pledged of 2 500 $ goal
14
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, April 9 2016 3:59 PM UTC +00:00

About

JewelJewel is an intricate, ornamental pendant that uses electronics to accentuate and deepen the traditional functionalities of jewelry.

Rather than using ornament as a skin for integrating other, new, additional functionalities into your life, JewelJewel considers a few of the reasons why we already wear and use jewelry, and then uses sensors and electronic outputs to fulfill those reasons in a more effective manner. Those three elements are:

  • Jewelry as an object that desires and needs to be worn
  • The use of refracted light and stones to accentuate the wearer
  • Jewelry as an amulet/container

JewelJewel is an exploration of the viability of electronic jewelry.

This Kickstarter serves not only as an opportunity to contextualize the electronic pendant alongside other new, current interpretations of "wearable technology," and to thrust it into a public sphere, but also as a chance to emphasize the worn nature of jewelry. Through this campaign, anyone who wishes to can have the opportunity to own, experience, and bond with the work. That array of experiences with the work will be extremely valuable information when it comes to further developing electronic jewelry.

Inside JewelJewel is a hand-etched PCB, which features a temperature sensor, a photocell, a piezo, a vibration motor, and several LEDs. Through these components, JewelJewel emphasizes the following functionalities:

JewelJewel lets you know if you are wearing it well.

Jewelry wants and needs to be worn. Once turned on, the piece shivers and vibrates until your body heat warms the piece up. 

JewelJewel uses LEDs to compensate for when ambient light decreases.

Stones are a quintessential part of jewelry, reflecting light to draw attention to the beauty of the wearer. The brightness of the LEDs under the stones increases as the photocell detects a darkening of the environment, so that they continue to accentuate how good looking you are.

JewelJewel functions like an amulet-like container.

When you open it, the photocell detects the change in light and a piezo sings a short song. After this, it beeps either once, twice, or three times, as a no, yes, or maybe answer. 

Plus, you can draw your own face in the middle with a dry-erase marker.

 Using JewelJewel is simple.

Unscrew the piece and take out the PCB and battery pack to insert two common CR2032 batteries (not included, because shipping Lithium batteries can be problematic). On the battery pack is an On/Off switch. 

Simply turn the piece on, replace the PCB, and screw it shut. Put the pendant around your neck using the included gold-plated ball chain, and you are good to go.

You can also customize JewelJewel by drawing your own facial expression in the blank center circle.

The piece is about 7cm across, and 3cm tall (2.75" by 1.2"). The ball chain is 31" and gold-plated steel. The chain is also easily shortened.

JewelJewel is made with a combination of new and traditional jewelry making techniques. The original model for the pendant is made using CAD, combining different types of traditional ornament with contemporary imagery in the form of emoji. 

The model is then printed on a Form 2 printer in castable resin. This is the original that will be cast in metal. 

The print is then taken to a caster and cast in bronze. I then grind off the sprues, clean the cast, and set seventeen stones into the piece. 

The quality of this prototype cast is currently not up to the quality of the 3D print, due to how the resin burns out. This is being resolved and the quality will be higher in the actual production.

Finally, the piece is plated with 24-karat gold and the gold-plated steel ball chain threaded through.

The PCB is made in a similarly jewelry-like fashion. The unique circuit design is photo-exposed onto pre-sensitized board, then etched using Ferric Chloride. 

I then saw the board out, drill it, and solder on all of the components. 

It is put inside, and then everything is good to go. 

It is finally put in a nice box for its display and arrival to you.

 Each piece will also come with an instruction manual. The manual will also be available seperately. Though it is still currently under development, it will be a 24-page, 5x8 softcover book, printed in black and white.

The price of each piece reflects the cost of producing each piece. This price is very low, given my current and temporary access to great making facilities, and the fact that it does not include a price for my labor. The manual is similarly priced.

My main goal is increasing the reach of JewelJewel, in order to assess how it fits into different lifestyles. Spreading the manual and the ideas expressed in it is a similar goal. For this reason, keeping the reward prices relatively low is very important.

JewelJewel is not a startup. It is a one-off project that will last only as long as the remainder of this semester, an experiment in the potential of electronic jewelry. This particular product will only be available here and now, though success in this campaign may bring similar jewelry devices into the future. 

Risks and challenges

Certain risks with my project exist involving time and quantity. Because I depend on outside sources for 3D printing and casting, and because I'm soldering every PCB myself, if this campaign becomes too popular I may run into delays in scaling up production.

I have done all of the processes involved here multiple times, sucessfully, so competence in the making and whether or not it works is a non-issue.

My qualifications for this project come from my time studying Jewelry and Metalsmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design. This project needs to be finished in time for my senior show, which opens April 28. If I don't have sufficient work then, this will impact my ability to graduate. This large potential consequence means I am very confident in my ability to execute this project, on time.

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    NERDS. Get 1 manual for JewelJewel. The 24-page booklet covers how to use the manual, as well as different perspectives on electronic jewelry and wearables. Pendant not included. Thank you.

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    JEWELRY. Get 1 JewelJewel pendant for only $170. This product is offered only for this Kickstarter campaign. Includes an original manual, chain, and a leatherette, suede-lined box.

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