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May 21, 2014 AT 6:00 am

Super Hero Bands Add Pow #WearableWednesday

Superhero Bands

The two women of sock monkey hat fame, Annelie Koller and Niki Selken,are up to some more mischievous electronic play. Presenting super hero bands! Basically the idea is to have  your own powerful sound effects and lights with a twist of the wrist.  It’s total fun and something you are going to want to make yourself.  Here’s the dynamic duo on how they made them:

We used a FLORA, Accelerometer, Piezo and NeoPixels and cut personalised icons. The icons were cut out of Plexiglass with a laser cutter and then attached to a store-bought headbands that we shaped with a sewing machine to fit the wrist. The Flora and accelerometer were attached with conductive thread. We then loaded the code to produce sounds and light effects depending on X,Y and Z coordinates and acceleration. The sounds were compiled from a sound library created by MIT and the lights using Adafruit NeoPixel library.

If you listen carefully to the video, you can hear the magical sound effects.

Well, they’ve posted their code on Github, so feel free to get making. Check out our tutorial on FLORA and piezo tones before you get started. You can make a pin or bracelet and be a superhero in no time.  This is your big Wonder Woman opportunity, people!


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