littleBits is thrilled to be part of Wearables Week at Makezine!
For those that arent’ familiar with littleBits: littleBits is a library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun. Given the small physical size of littleBits, we love thinking of new ways to use them to make wearables. Here are some of our favorites:
Light-up Stomping Shoes
These glowing, sound-activated kicks are perfect for a night out on the town. Decorate a pair of sneakers with the littleBits light wire, add a sound trigger, and start dancing. The stomping of your feet and louder ambient noise generate the light and you get your groove on. This project is easy to make and will inevitably make you the star of the dance floor.
Light-up Party Jacket
If you liked the stomping shoes, here is another flashy wearable project that will take your outfit to the next level. This light-up jacket pulses to the tunes on your MP3 player. To create this project, we used littleBits light wires, bright LEDs, and the microphone module, which translates sound into the electronic language of littleBits.
One of our favorites from the holidays, this sound activated bowtie moves when you speak, what better greeting when you meet friends for the party? We used a sound trigger, dimmer, pulse, and servo to create this interaction. When the sound trigger hears your voice, it activates the servo, which moves the bowtie. The dimmer and pulse are used to control the angle and speed of the servo’s motion.
Beating the summer heat is a particularly timely topic here on the east coast right now, so we outfitted a hat with a fan module to stay cool. We placed a bend sensor inside the hat, which bends when you place the hat on your head, activating the fan. This way, you don’t need to turn the fan on/off each time you put the hat on or take it off.
Light-up Dino Hoodie
Let’s be honest: who doesn’t want a glowing dinosaur hoodie? This prehistoric wearable was made with an old hoodie and LittleBits modules. The light wire is used as a structural element to create the look of dinosaur scales.