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October 1, 2014 AT 5:00 am

Flapping Butterfly Headband #WearableWednesday

Tovah is an inspiring young woman from Sweden whom I met at Maker Faire NY, thanks to this magical headband. Apparently her interest in electronics stems from her dad, but her interest in wearables is all Adafruit. Her first project was our tiara, but her recent project comes from YouTuber, Tiffyquake, who created a butterfly wing ear cuff. Tovah came up with a hack in no time.

The first thing I thought about was a moving butterfly headband. I used a printed headband and butterfly, a small servo, wire, sugru, plastic thread and a GEMMA platform.

I was really impressed with her project because most people don’t start off with servos when creating wearables. Moving parts usually take a bit more thought because you have to figure out a way to stabilize the motor, and still have room to mount the power supply. If you’ve ever created an ArtBot, you know what I mean. In Tovah’s headband, the hardware is discreet and the butterfly tricks the eye nicely. It was the perfect accessory for Maker Faire.

I liked the Faire because everyone looked at all the stuff and found it fascinating, not just weird. I also loved that people thought my  butterfly was awesome.

It’s time to take Tovah’s lead here. You can experiment with a motor in a safe environment, like your favorite toy. Check out our Trinket Modded Stuffed Animal. Not only can you learn to bring something to life, but you may also find yourself moving skeleton arms for Halloween.


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