Final Assembly

Cut a piece of copper tape that's a little longer than you'll need.  Trim it to shape and coil it around the horn.  I found that coiling it right above the spiral works best -- that way when I'm wearing the horn I can find it easily with my fingers without looking.

 

Use a blunt tool to press and smooth the copper tape down.  It doesn't want to spiral neatly so spend some time getting it to look nice.  Use a dab of superglue at the tip to be sure it stays stuck.

 

Leave a long tail at the end of the tape for connecting to your Gemma.

Drop a little superglue in the tip of the horn and slide the LED in so it stays put.

Slide the battery, then the neopixel ring into the horn. Set the charger in place with the JST connector facing downards towards the horn's base.

Then, attach the copper tape to Gemma's A1 pad.  You can do this by slipping the tape through the hole and soldering, or if that's too fiddly, solder a short wire to the pad and the tape to make the connection.

 

Secure the charger with a dab of hot glue.

 

Tuck the Gemma inside the base of the horn, being careful to keep the capacitive touch pad away from any other electronics, as much as possible.

At this point, my horn went haywire.  The capacitive touch was either way too sensitive, or not sensitive enough.  Or, all the other pads on the Gemma would set it off but pad A1 did nothing.

I spent a good amount of time calibrating the software, testing, shielding, and reconfiguring the copper tape. The calibration here is pretty tricky.  As soon as I unplugged the USB cable, the horn reacted totally differently -- without that ground from the USB port, the copper tape's sensitivity would freak out. 

Don't give up!  Check the calibration page in this guide for some tips.  

To make a headband, measure around your head from your forehead to the nape of your neck and cut a piece of stiff fabric or vinyl to approximately that size.

 

Sew a pretty shiny fabric casing and attach a hair elastic to the ends for a nice stretch fit.

Sew the 3d printed platform base onto the center of the headband using the mounting holes.

 

Decorate your headband with jewels, flowers, seashells, beads, or whatever else strikes your fancy.

This guide was first published on Jan 26, 2018. It was last updated on Nov 16, 2018. This page (Final Assembly) was last updated on Jan 24, 2018.