Intrigued by the idea of using light for art, I spent nearly every night of the 2014 festival wandering the illuminated trail. My friend, Cally, was volunteering for the event. She was fortunate enough to be asked to wear one of the light up dresses originally provided by the company Vospertron for the World of Wearable art show.
Cally’s enthusiasm and dancing mesmerized people. Children would run up to her and ask if she would dance or play a game with them. But adults would stand by and watch. They would look past the lights and see a person with LED’s and a personal space bubble so they kept their distance. There was no interaction for them.
I wanted to see the dress do something. I wanted to see it interact with more people and not just children. At the time, I didn’t know what or how I’d do it, but I decided this was something I wanted to be apart of…
So what is Light Swan? Light Swan is a colour sensing, fibre optic, illuminated ballerina dress.
Our plan was to make a full, two piece, adjustable dress, in the style of a ballerina’s dress from LED’s and fibre optics. Sounds easy enough right?…
Adafruit NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Strip – White 30 LED – WHITE: You thought it couldn’t get better than our world-famous 32-LED-per-meter Digital LED strip but we will prove you wrong! These NeoPixel strips have 30 digitally-addressable pixel LEDs per meter and are very affordable and are only 12.5 mm wide, 10 mm if you remove the strip from the casing. This is the strip with white flex PCB, its identical to the black 30 LED/meter except it has a different color mask on the flex strip. Read more.
Flora Color Sensor with White Illumination LED – TCS34725: Your electronics can now see in dazzling color with this lovely color light sensor. We found the best color sensor on the market, the TCS34725, which has RGB and Clear light sensing elements. An IR blocking filter, integrated on-chip and localized to the color sensing photodiodes, minimizes the IR spectral component of the incoming light and allows color measurements to be made accurately. The filter means you’ll get much truer color than most sensors, since humans don’t see IR. The sensor also has an incredible 3,800,000:1 dynamic range with adjustable integration time and gain so it is suited for use behind darkened glass or fabric. 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.