This is THE Epic Holiday Sweater #WearableWednesday
This is a must see sweater that I can only compare to those houses that win holiday decorating contests. You know, the ones where they’ve got the programmable RGB LEDs, classic icicle lights, train track, moving light sculptures and blo-molds all set to music. Well, this sweater is a lot like that. It uses our FLORA microcontroller, an Arduino Uno, Arduino Mega and 4 RGB matrices, as well as some NeoPixels and NeoPixel Minis. It also has a set of Adafruit mics to react to sounds. Had enough? Check out the fireplace detail that brings it all together.
Like those strings of RGBs on people’s homes, the matrices on the shirt allow for some super cool graphics including snow, messages and even cute birds. If you like to spend some time on programming, this could be your dream sweater for the new year. It was actually created by the gang at fizzPOP, a makerspace in the UK that partnered with Maplin, a popular electronics shop. They are calling it a “tech-rich knit”, which I love.
If you are feeling industrious, you can certainly check out their how-to video. However, if you want some glam with less fuss, you should definitely head over to our newest tutorial for a Neopixel Matrix Snowflake Sweater. It’s like snowflake meets video arcade, controlled with your phone. How is that for some holiday fun? Okay folks, we are about to head out on another rockin’ New Year’s Eve. Got sweater?
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