Jewliebots: open-source programmable jewelry

Maria Paula Saba

Jewliebots introduce software education to teenaged girls in a way that is appealing to them. It is a set of neat jewelry and wearables that girls can program to change their appearance and behavior while they seamlessly learn programming.


Jewliebots is an open source library of wearables that allows users to customize their own electronic jewelry through a graphical interface. The main goal is to engage and increase teenaged girls' interest in the workings of technology by showing them that programming can be also beautiful.
Jewliebots is fashionable and attractive for the target group of 13+. The hardware include LEDs, buttons and sensors that might significantly change aesthetics of the jewel according to the code. The jewel can be customized by generating the algorithms through a block-programming style language, like Scratch, that should be uploaded to the jewel. Circuits are embedded in 3D printed cases, baked polymer clay and laser-cut parts.