This Tech Dress Will Make You a Paper Doll #WearableWednesday #Wearabletech #Arduino
Describing a woman as a paper doll is normally not a positive thing, however, this wearable tech dress makes paper and tech a woman’s best friend. That’s right, this amazing dress, Ester, is made of paper—1,000 hand-cut paper petals to be exact. The best part is the classy use of NeoPixels with a Lilypad Arduino, allowing the dress to go from demure white edged glow to full on Cyndi Lauper rainbow bright. The dress was created by Flavia Rose and Ash King and was a recent finalist in the World of Wearable Arts Show 2016.
With its belle corset style lace-up back and cage style skirt it looks like Swan Lake prima ballerina meets 1940’s pin-up girl. I found the sculpted cane base for the skirt to be especially interesting; it is almost like the construction of a kite and equally lightweight. Flavia has a love of handcrafting and you should check out how she uses this same cane technique effectively making Leaf Armour.
Normally when you think of fashion competitions you imagine expensive silk and 3D printed materials, so this work in cane and paper is a reminder that simple and natural materials can lead to unexpected beauty. You can be sure I will be following Flavia Rose’s work because I’m very excited to see where she heads next. For those of you who want to try forming your own paper garments with illumination, you should first read our Adafruit NeoPixel Über Guide. Will you go with individual LEDs, strips, rings or bars? There are many varieties and this guide will show how to hook them up and start programming for the effect you desire.
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, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, 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.