Wearable electronics don’t always have to be complex sensors for the purpose of improving your health or displaying communication. Sometimes they can just look nice.
Marcus Olssen has done a fantastic job designing this bracelet. You can check out the actual model files at thingiverse and see that he didn’t just create a hollow toriod in which to cram some LEDs. He actually designed this in a way that, when assembled, the LEDs are safely enclosed within the bracelet. There is a removable section that holds the Adafruit Trinket and the battery, held into place with neodymium magnets. This removable section serves to make the bracelet easier to put on as well as easier to charge/reprogram.
Adafruit Trinket – Mini Microcontroller – 5V Logic: Trinket may be small, but do not be fooled by its size! It’s a tiny microcontroller board, built around the Atmel ATtiny85, a little chip with a lot of power. We wanted to design a microcontroller board that was small enough to fit into any project, and low cost enough to use without hesitation. Perfect for when you don’t want to give up your expensive dev-board and you aren’t willing to take apart the project you worked so hard to design. It’s our lowest-cost arduino-IDE programmable board! Read more.
I got my Flora Budget Pack yesterday, and made a quick mod to a dress shirt for a party tonight. I sewed a couple of NeoPixels into the collar points, and wrote code to change the color really slowly, so that over the course of a conversation the colors will change. The idea is to be interesting and not too flashy.
Thanks to all of Adafruit, to Limor and Becky in particular, and to Leslie Birch for her inspiring umbrella project! -Paul
In this instructable I hacked a pair of Levi’s 514 jeans to turn on/off a device. In this hack I used an Adafruit Flora Board, the code below, conductive fabric, conductive thread, wire, a battery pack, fabric, needle, and thread, and in my case the device I decided to use was a signal jammer.
Using those materials I assembled a simple circuit that can be competed by touch both pieces of conductive fabric with a ring (preferably one designed by Heath Wagoner NY)
The pants that I made are designed to disrupt the electronics of a partner or friend that is distracted from you in an attempt to get them to interact more with the world around them.
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?
Adafruit Wave Shield for Arduino Kit – v1.1: Adding quality audio to an electronic project is surprisingly difficult. Here is a shield for Arduinos that solves this problem. It can play up to 22KHz, 12bit uncompressed audio files of any length. It’s low cost, available as an easy-to-make kit. It has an onboard DAC, filter and op-amp for high quality output. Audio files are read off of an SD/MMC card, which are available at nearly any store. Volume can be controlled with the onboard thumbwheel potentiometer. This shield is a kit, and comes with all parts you need to build it. (read more)
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.