Paul Gentile posted this fun top hat on YouTube. Apparently his son had a geek dream.
The inspiration for this hat came from my son, who was looking to create a costume for Halloween. Unfortunately we did not make this in time for Halloween, but we did make it for the Geek Create show. He wanted something Steam Punk in style. I found these felt top hats on Amazon for only a few bucks and figured we could not go wrong.
His final outfit turned out well and he called himself Doctor “OHM” (Doctor Who Fans – read it upside down). So the hat, the LEDs, the Doctor OHM references … it all just worked. We have since used the hat at holiday parties and it made a big hit on New Year’s Eve. We made the hat using the LED MAgician.
Hats off to Paul for bringing his son’s dream to reality. This is a great use of LEDs, but if you want even more variety in pattern and color, you could do the same with a FLORA microcontroller and some NeoPixels. Check out our NeoPixel Uber Guide to learn about your options.
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