Hey, that Sock Monkey Hat Blinked #WearableWednesday
This tres adorable hat was recently created by Niki Selken and Annelie Koller. They were intrigued by 8×8 LED matrices (aren’t we all?), so they decided to work on a project that would imitate eyes. They were thinking about using some cheap glasses, but then fell in love with this hat. We think they made an excellent choice! Here’s their first prototype; you can see the Arduino in the background.
The duo did face one challenge — synching.
Our major hurdle was getting the eyes to blink at the same time. We eventually had to add in the delays to make that work. We then embedded the Arduino and breadboard into the hat with a battery pack attached.
Check out their finished hat. It probably gets some street stares, but we think it could get even more if they hook up an EEG headband and allow thoughts to change the eyes for passers-by.
Yeah, yeah, we know you already have ideas for what you would do with our 8×8 matrix. They come in plenty of fresh flavors for whatever project you have in mind. You can get started with one of our faves — a Space Invaders Necklace. It’s a great way to blink with a single matrix and it will prep you for blinking with two.
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