How to Add IoT Bling to a Scarf #WearableWednesday
Charif Mahmoudi likes to follow fashion and recently discovered that neck warmers are one of the top seven trends. So, he added his own IoT flare with an infinity scarf filled with LEDs controlled by a web app. He’s using an Arduino MKR1000 microcontroller, Adafruit’s NeoPixel strip and a LiPo battery. Charif recommends stitching the controller into the scarf, but basically everything is just rolled up nicely to conceal the electronics. The dark color of the scarf accentuates the glowing NeoPixels between the yarn.
The excitement comes from controlling the colors of the pixels through a phone, and Charif allows for a color picker method or the crowd-pleasing rainbow effect. You can check out his project tutorial and code on Hackster.io. I know I’ve already “respected” another wearable project that Charif posted and it’s nice to see him continuing with his love of fashion. We’ve also got some projects that take advantage of controlling NeoPixels with a phone app like this LED Matrix Snowflake Sweater. You can use our Feather microcontroller with Bluefruit LE or a FLORA microcontroller with the BLE module. Just connect to the app and you are on your way to some phone capable wearables. What will you make for spring?
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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.