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August 24, 2016 AT 12:00 am

Sound sensitive LED baseball cap #WearableWednesday

Nice LED hat from Andrew Staroscik!

This is my first foray into wearable electronics. It is a sound activated hat. There is a microphone below the bill of the hat that picks up the voice of the wearer as well as ambient noise. The sound is converted to light using a small board sewn into the back of the hat. The light patterns in the animated image to the left are random flashes triggered by sound. The intensity of each flash varies with sound level.

Most of the material used was purchased from Adafruit. The microphone is their MAX4466 microphone amplifier. The controller is a an Adafruit Gemma, and the lights are NeoPixel digital RGB LED’s on a strips. The LED’s are individually addressable which makes it possible program very complex patterns using just one pin on the Gemma board. I chose the randoms flashes for this project, but more informative light responses to sound could be used. In fact, after I completed this project, I found a very similar sound responsive baseball cap on Adafruit’s website. The sound/light relationship in their project shows a more informative equalizer pattern.

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