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Kitty’s Flower - Bluetooth Wearable Brooches

by Art by Physicist

Kitty's Flower is a pair of Bluetooth wearable brooches designed by the multitalented physicist, artist and creative technologist Dr Kitty Yeung.

There are always stories about kids going missing due to various reasons. Parents shouldn't be overprotective but in public areas they need to keep kids in sight. Tracking devices exist. But can we create some interactive behaviors that can be more effective?

Jointly created by Art by Physicist and DFRobot, these brooches are specially designed for wearable application scenarios, with an integrated power management system, RGB LED lights, accelerometer, sensors, vibration, and touch.

They support Arduino and Scratch programming, and can be used as the core intelligent control unit for wearable products, interactive art installations, and new accessories. Two are matched as a pair, and various effects can be programmed by users. The factory-set functions are programmed for the above-mentioned scenario. Learn how to reprogram the boards on DFRobot's product wiki.

In addition to being ideal for decoration and interaction, they are perfect for educational purposes for users who want to learn programming. Check out the results of the Flowers Holiday Hack for some creative use ideas!

  • Microcontroller: ATmega328
  • BLE chip type: TI CC2540
  • Support Bluetooth HID
  • Debug Bluetooth module through AT command
  • Serial port communication
  • USB BLE firmware update
  • Power supply interface: USB/3.7V lithium battery, JST connector
  • External power supply range: 7-12V
  • Bootloader: Arduino UNO
  • Size: 70mm x 70mm
  • Weight: 30g

Art by Physicist is a timeless sustainable tech-fashion brand dedicated to the integration of science, engineering, design and art, featuring independent designer and physicist Dr. Kitty Yeung’s unique designs. The company was registered in California, USA in March 2018, with the brand launched in September 2019, and trademark registered in October 2020. The brand's mission is to promote an intellectual representation of women and support STEAM education and environmental protection through donations and ethical and sustainable production.

Dr. Kitty Yeung is a physicist, engineer, textilist, and artist in addition to her role as senior program manager of quantum computing at Microsoft. With over 15 years in STEAM disciplines and a lifelong passion for art and music, Dr. Yeung is constantly pushing the boundaries between art and science to discover how they connect. Having worked across the latest technologies including developing computational textiles, solar powering, 3D printing, micro-controllers, edge computing and wearables, Dr. Yeung combines her love of art with her experience in science to push the bounds of fashion.