December 17, 2014 AT 5:00 am

Ugly Reactorflake Sweater #WearableWednesday


This sweater has all the right stuff for that overdone holiday look. Actually, I’m loving the snowflake, as I have my own dreams for a wintry sweater. This project by Alex “Merlin” Glowaski is in the works, with a tutorial at Hackster.io. Here’s the description of the sweater.

It features a gaudy LED snowflake in the middle of my tacky, half-furry, half-electric-blue sweater. We can all get lazy during the holiday season, but hopefully I’ll be able to stay focused by monitoring my EEG activity with this cozy sweater. Best of all, I get to feel like a fuzzy, festive Iron Man!

I’m sure the EEG caught your eye there, as it did mine. Alex is hooking up the reactorflake to a Pinoccio Field Scout and a Neurosky Mindflex, which should certainly yield some interesting patterns. Apparently the brain is a fave study for Alex.

I’ve been working with EEG for a while, and wanted to make a wearable that’s a bit flashy for talks that I gave recently on brainwave hacking, at the Institute for the Future and San Francisco’s Sensored meetup.

One of the funniest moments she had in the project so far was the fight to get the snowflake apart in order to access the switch. Luckily Alex was successful with a little help from a Dremel. She has added a transistor and created code that successfully operates the snowflake. So, now what remains to be done is coding for the Mindflex. Sounds like it is going pretty well, and I can’t wait to see the finished results.


Alex is making the sweater for the Hack the Halls: Ugly Christmas Sweater Challenge. It’s not too late to enter and Hanukkah sweaters are included. Personally, I really like the judging criteria–“Sweaters will be judged based on creativity and degree of outlandishness.” Can’t go wrong there. I would go ahead and order up one of our Flora Sensor Packs. It will have everything you need for creating a sensing sweater that promises outlandishness.


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