I just finished my first wearable project. I built it to add some visibility to my workout jacket for the winter months. Although I think I might have overdone it a bit with 10 neopixels. I’m tweaking the programming to limit the number of pixels on so it doesn’t blind anyone coming up behind me.
Originally I was going to just sew the neopixels to the jacket but then I decided to use a separate piece of fabric so it could be removed for cleaning. Plus it would allow me to change jackets depending on how cold it might get.
I followed the guide from the neopixel suspenders for sewing the positive and ground leads. Then I hand stitched the data line between each pixel. I left a small pocket behind the Gemma and stitched the battery in to secure it.
I built myself a GPS watch from +Adafruit Industries parts and tutorial. Not pictured in this photo set is the watch mode that uses lights of two different colors. Only downside is that 110mAh battery lasts about three hours. I hope to add a knock-knock activation that turns on the watch display for just a few seconds, after which it goes back to sleep. Even with that kind of power saving, I may just need a larger battery to get a full day’s worth of use.
The only problem I had is that the use of binder clips damaged the last NeoPixel on the ring somehow, I’d suggest the use of something else, grocery rubber bands maybe?
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I have to say, interactivity is my favorite thing about learning all this arduino voodoo. I have made loads of web pages and done plenty of online imaging and making-of-pretty-things that appear on my computer screen in the “virtual world”. I’ve also made plenty of fashion and clothing from drawings or patterns in the “real world”. The thing that’s floating my boat about arduino is the connection between the two.. I make a computer program and it changes something in the real world instead of just on-screen. This, is magic.
I can’t wait to start adding accelerometers and motion sensors and stuff to my clothing. I also want to make stuff that’s remote controllable like my fairy lights. The learning curve is pretty steep, but I’m finding myself in that exciting phase of discovery where every project opens up a whole new world and things are actually starting to make sense, instead of just respond when I poke at them. I’ve got a very long way to go, but I’m having an absolute blast along the way.-Firepixie
Finished my Halloween costume. I’m space. And my arm is a rocket ship hurtling across the vast expanses of my shirt at ludicrous speed. 12 individually-addressable LEDs sewn into my shirt flicker like stars and are controlled by an @adafruit flora microcontroller. I designed and 3D printed a rocket ship that fits nicely over my cast on my left hand.
So in my typical fashion I discard any long term planning for a Halloween costume at the very last minute and take on insanely ambitious delusional projects in their place. It always involves a fair bit of scavenging and resourceful repurposing of things I’ve got laying around, this year it just so happened I had a bunch of WS2812 (Neopixels) LEDs and some styrofoam cups around the studio. I had seen people making cup lamps for a few years and then someone on my Instagram feed posted a picture of someone wearing one as a helmet. DING! DING! DING! insperation! Like almost everything I figured I could take it up a notch to near perfection with Der BlinkinLights.
Halloween is over but it’s never too early to get started on next year’s projects! Here’s a tutorial from forum member rogerkaplan on how to make your scary Halloween skull decorations even more frightening.
There are a few circuits floating around the net for changing sound (either microphone or recording) into servo motion, usually to control an animatronic (I’m doing a talking skull). For the most part it operates on the amplitude of the sound.
Since I’m a programmer rather than a hardware guy, I decided to do most of the work in software using an Arduino Nano which I had lying around. I figure that I can also improve the motion with some software fiddling (envelope following, possibly basic phoneme recognition)
Forum member eagleeye2e made these adorable costumes for Halloween this year and we love that they used our tutorials in such a cool way. This is definitely a good project to learn for next year’s Halloween!
I thought I’d share the results of my recent project where I made Despicable Me Minion Halloween costumes for my kids. This project was inspired by the trinket powered goggles tutorial in the Adafruit Learning System. In addition to the goggles, I wanted the kids to have Minion sounds that they could trigger so I used an Adafruit wave shield with an MP3 speaker and a tactile switch. The wave shield/arduino uno/battery pack combo and the MP3 speaker fit in the hooded sweatshirt pocket and I ran some speaker wire up to and down the inside of an arm sleeve for the tactile switch which was safety-pinned to the cuff. The costumes have already generated a lot of praise as well as questions from friends and family.
Thank you Adafruit for the great products and tutorials!
Here’s a photo of the finished goggles:
And a video of the kids showing them off:
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NeoPixel Ring – 16 x WS2812 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Drivers: Round and round and round they go! 16 ultra bright smart LED NeoPixels are arranged in a circle with 1.75″ (44.5mm) outer diameter. The rings are ‘chainable’ – connect the output pin of one to the input pin of another. Use only one microcontroller pin to control as many as you can chain together! Each LED is addressable as the driver chip is inside the LED. Each one has ~18mA constant current drive so the color will be very consistent even if the voltage varies, and no external choke resistors are required making the design slim. Power the whole thing with 5VDC (4-7V works) and you’re ready to rock. Read More.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! WRAPUP EDITION! Each weekday this past month we brought you ideas and projects for an Electronic Halloween! Expect wearables, hacks & mods, costumes and more here on the Adafruit blog! Working on a costume project? Find ideas here and share your project with us on Google+, in the comments below, the Adafruit forums, Facebook, or Twitter– we’d love to see what you’re up to and share it with the world (tag your posts #ElectronicHalloween). Tune in to our live shows, Wearable Electronics with Becky Stern and Ask an Engineer, where Adafruit store discount codes are announced– get the most bang for your costuming buck!
[Synth Hacker] was inspired by Adafruit’s Electronic Halloween, and in particular Becky Stern’s “Space Face” and “Firewalker LED Sneakers“, I decided that I had to make something light up this Halloween (and maybe wear some make-up, too). Here’s what I came up with.
Fantastic Job! Thank you Chip for sharing, we love seeing what you’re inspired to make.