Gorgeous Neopixel Ring Ballgown! #WearableWednesday
Thanks so much to Erin for sending in her student project from her ballgown class. It’s super edgy and cool- very Adafruit!
This was a ballgown that I made for a final project for the New York Fashion Academy. It was largely inspired by the Adafruit site and working on wearable technology projects.
The dress is made out of neoprene and is powered by a Teensy 3.1 and uses 20 Neopixel rings encased in a clouded vinyl crystal with a neoprene border.
The colors shift through the rainbow.
Sewing and finishing the seams in Neoprene was a really big hurdle that I had to overcome in the making of this dress. Cutting the material was like cutting into a marshmallow sheet so it was quite satisfying! The smell however was not! A combination of sewing and gluing went into the construction of the main body of the dress.
Figuring out the shape of the crystals was another challenge that took multiple trys to get it just right. After having the gown for a few months the crystals really take a beating from transport so they will likely need to be replaced before the next showing.
Wireing and soldering electronics was fairly new to me, so that was a learning opportunity! I found out later that I was using the wrong guage of wire so they started to come loose after the first presentation. I am currently working on updating the electronics that go with the dress. Luckily I made them removeable so that was some great planning on my part!!!
NeoPixel Ring – 12 x WS2812 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Drivers: Round and round and round they go! 12 ultra bright smart LED NeoPixels are arranged in a circle with 1.5″ (37mm) outer diameter. The rings are ‘chainable’ – connect the output pin of one to the input pin of another. Use only one microcontroller pin to control as many as you can chain together! Each LED is addressable as the driver chip is inside the LED. Each one has ~18mA constant current drive so the color will be very consistent even if the voltage varies, and no external choke resistors are required making the design slim. Power the whole thing with 5VDC and you’re ready to rock. Read more.
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.