Andrew “Bruce” Lau made this amazing LED cape and wore it around Maker Faire all weekend. I caught up with him to chat about it, and he said that Leah Buechley’s LED tank top was a huge inspiration. He used her suggested technique of soldering metal beads to surface mount LEDs and stitching them in a grid using conductive thread. Controlled by a PIC microcontroller, the cape scrolls letters saying “MAKE” and “DIY as well as traveling patterns.
From the pages of CRAFT:
CRAFT: 01 – “The Electric Tank Top,” by Leah Buechley pgs 54 – 67. Digital Subscribers can read the article here.