Becky Stern, director of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries, is the queen of cool couture, the maven of marvelous making, the… OK, you get the idea. She makes really cool stuff and shows you how.
Check out 10 of her favorite wearable projects you can try for yourself.
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10 Fabulous and Fashionable Wearable Projects from Becky Stern
Interior Purse Lights
This simple project is both practical and fashionable. Add some interior lights to your purse and never fumble in the dark for your things again. The project makes use of Adafruit's GEMMA Sequin Starter Pack, conductive thread and conductive hook and loop tape. More info at: https://learn.adafruit.com/interior-purse-light
NeoPixel Punk Collar
It's punk. It's goth. It's cyber-goth-punk. Whatever you call it, it'll look cool while you are out on the town. This project uses the GEMMA microcontroller and some through hole NeoPixels to create a really cool effect. More info at: https://learn.adafruit.com/neopixel-punk-collar
While we are delving into punk territory, check out these cool 3D printed spikes. Accessorize and add some instant cred at a makerspace or dance club. The project again makes use of the GEMMA microprocessor and NeoPixels, this time with 3D printed spikes to diffuse the LEDs. More info at: https://learn.adafruit.com/cyberpunk-spikes
NeoPixel Ring Bracelet
Capture everyone's eyes as they trace the light patterns running through this awesome bracelet. The project uses four NeoPixel rings and GEMMA. More info at: https://learn.adafruit.com/neopixel-ring-bangle-bracelet
Light-Activated Pixel Heart
Turn on your heartlight. A GEMMA microcontroller with a light dependent resistor detects when this NeoPixel heart is uncovered and turns it on. More info at: https://learn.adafruit.com/light-activated-pixel-heart
Superhero Power Plant
Why should genius billionaire playboy philanthropists have all the fun? Incorporate an Iron Man inspired arc reactor into a cosplay costume or y'know, just wear it around the house. Use a GEMMA, laser cut acrylic frame, and NeoPixels for this one. More info at: https://learn.adafruit.com/superhero-power-plant
Firewalker LED Sneakers
I love this project, which was a collaboration between Becky and Phillip Burgess (aka Paint Your Dragon). A velostat step sensor placed inside each shoe activates the light animation at your every step. More info at: https://learn.adafruit.com/firewalker-led-sneakers
Plushy Game Controller
Throw pillows? That's boring. Get some game with these plush controllers that really work. The FLORA controller is integrated into the pillow with capacitive touch sensors. More info at: https://learn.adafruit.com/plush-game-controller
Wearable GPS Tracker
Make a wearable GPS tracker for you or your furry friend. Use a FLORA main board and GPS to log your distance. Integrate it into a backpack, dog harness, or whatever you want to track. More info at: https://learn.adafruit.com/gps-logging-dog-harness
This week, July 14-19 2014, we’re exploring wearable electronics of all kinds on Make! If it is electronic and belongs on your body, we’d love to hear about it! You can find all of our wearable articles by going here.
Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and an electronics and robotics hobbyist. He is an active member of the Let’s Make Robots community, and handles public relations for the site.
Andrew has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children’s Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Learning Center in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.