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October 5, 2016 AT 1:00 am

How to Make an Amazing Umbrella That Looks Like a UFO #WearableWednesday #Arduino #Wearabletech

LED Arduino Umbrella like UFO

This week I’m excited to reveal a version of an LED umbrella which looks like an awesome UFO. Maker Corey Gonzalves decided he liked my Adafruit FLORAbrella, but he wanted to add his own twist of speed control for the lights. So, he combined a tiny Gemma Arduino microcontroller with a potentiometer to allow for some cool light effects. Instead of the traditional LED Neopixel strips, he opted for one of our large Neopixel rings for the top canopy of the umbrella and added a shroud of shower curtain to reflect and diffuse the beautiful colors. I’m sure there was some time savings using the ring, which he says was inspired by our Sound Reactive Drums tutorial. You might say it is an Adafruit mash-up!

Since I live in Philadelphia, I can only hope that one of our fancy Mummers brigades decides to DIY some of these umbrellas. Corey has created a quick one-page on his design, so there really is no excuse for people not to make one. What a great idea, and as always, I’m happy to see more umbrellas created for an instant LED show. TY for making my week, Corey! For anyone else interested in LED umbrellas, here’s the FLORAbrella learning guide. This is the fab umbrella that changes color to match its surroundings thanks to a tiny sensor. Stay bright at night!


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