Inspired by street performers, I wanted to create a piece of wearable technology that would provide midi-controller, housed in the brim of inconspicuously stylish five-panel cap



After experiment with Arduino Uno (which was too slow to send midi data) and the ATMega breakout board which was too large, the Teensyuno proved to be the perfect for achieving the right amount of speed needed for smaller audio production environments such as MaxMSP and even larger production suites such as Ableton and Reason.


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Planning and Layout

The brim of the had proved to be an excellent source of sturdy, touch-ready space for user interaction. The 2 touch points which are controlled by capacitive touch sensors offer approximately an inch in touch surface; perfect for finger tapping across a smaller 6-7 inch surface

Pattern Making

In an effort to make a product that was true to form and of quality, I began the process of hat making by disassembling one of my own purchased hats in order to learn more about the structure of a five-panel cap. I applied these general patterns to my own prototype as I began my own design process

1st hat hat pieces