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Fun Fiber Optic Formalwear Illuminates the Dance Floor

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This exhibit will be appearing at the 10th annual Maker Faire Bay Area. Don't have tickets yet? Get them here!
This exhibit will be appearing at the 10th annual Maker Faire Bay Area. Don’t have tickets yet? Get them here!

If you’d like to make a fashion statement that’s out of this world, then you’d better keep your eye out for the fiber optic formal wear that will be on display at Maker Faire Bay Area this year.

Jenn Mann did a fabulous job following Instructables user Natalina’s Fiber Optic Dress project, but created her own lighting system so that the colors could be reprogrammed to her heart’s desire. She will display the LED-laden wearables that she made with her partner Zach, including some Major Tom-esque space helmets for people to try on for photographs.

In addition to the helmet, Mann will be showing off a dress and jacket illuminated by fiber optics along with a combination of 3D printed parts and LEDs that are operated by microcontrollers.

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So, make sure to have yourself memorialized doing your best David Bowie impersonation when you go to this year’s Maker Faire Bay Area!

2 thoughts on “Fun Fiber Optic Formalwear Illuminates the Dance Floor

  1. We’re still so far off from making any wearables that actually look good. With the current trends, cosplay stuff is booming, but as far as formal attire goes? Terrible. I really don’t want to discourage people from trying, but let’s step up our game. Putting LEDs all over something just because you can does not equal fashionable. Again, I don’t want to discourage people, we need to encourage, but I’m not going to say that the emperor’s new clothes look good when they look like this.

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