Intro to Cosplay Foam Armor and Props

Hello everyone! My name is Cori aka Lady Cels and I’m going to be demonstrating how to start making armor and props out of EVA Foam. Foam Armor can sound intimidating at first, but it’s actually really easy to get started with. The cost of entry is actually pretty low, as you need just a few inexpensive tools to start. It can also be more forgiving than other kinds of armor like Worbla or casting.  Another big advantage to Foam armor is it’s flexibility. Unlike hard worbla or plastic, foam has a decent amount of flex to it. As long as we treat it correctly, it can bounce back into place and move with your body. And even if we don’t treat it 100% right, we can usually fix it with a little heat. In this workshop, we'll learn how to work with EVA foam and demonstrate some of the different techniques we can use to create some cool durable pieces with this fantastic material.

A Crash Course in Using EMG

One of the easiest signals to capture and utilize with OpenBCI’s boards are Electromyographic (EMG) signals. This is because EMG signals are typically very loud signals with obvious amplitudes to capture. In this working session, we will capture these signals in real time and use them to manipulate different devices. This session will also provide a very brief overview of setting up an Arduino board and circuits, as well as providing a way to write to these external devices through the OpenBCI GUI to control them with EMG signals.

Session Goals

  • Get familiarized with the Arduino IDE
  • Establish an understanding of the following concepts:
    • Reading in from and writing out to analog pins 
    • Serial reading and writing, using the Serial Monitor 
    • Assigning a pin for input/output, understanding pinMode()
  • Establish a basic understanding of breadboard circuit design
  • Get familiarized with Processing and the OpenBCI GUI
  • Establish an understanding of the following concepts:
    • Properly preparing electrodes for placement 
    • Placing electrodes in the correct locations for proper EMG signal acquisition 
    • Observing EMG data via the OpenBCI GUI
    • Writing over Serial through Processing

Intro to Fabric/Foam Painting for Cosplay

Want to take your costumes to the next level? Come join Lady Cels as she talks tools of the trade, techniques, and how to get started with cosplay painting techniques for both Fabric and Foam.  In this lecture workshop, we'll talk about how to choose the right paint and tools for your project, demonstrate different ways to add detail, and discuss how to properly seal your paint so it can last through a convention and beyond.