February 10, 2016 AT 2:00 am

Iron Man and Star Wars themed bionic hands made with NeoPixels #WearableWednesday


Thanks to Samantha from Open Bionics for sending in more info on these totally awesome bionic hands! Check out more here. She writes:

You’ve blogged about one of our Fashion bionic hands before but I think you’ll find our Iron Man and Star Wars light sabre hand way cooler.

We use Adafruit’s neopixels in both bionic arms.

In the Star Wars arm we have two strips running up the amputee’s arm. The strips can flick between three different light sabre colours. Green – Yoda. Purple – Mace Windu. Blue – Skywalker. The neopixels have an accelerometer
programme where if you swing your arm like a lightsaber the lights will clash just like in the movies.

The Iron Man hand neopixels are switched on by EMG sensors. So, the girl moves her arm muscle to ‘charge’ her blaster repulsor which shots light from her palm. We’ve programmed a really cool ‘heating’ up sequence for the neopixels so you can see the arm loading in lights.

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