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The Tech That Makes This Cyberpunk Armor So Fascinating #WearableWednesday #Wearabletech #Arduino #DIY

It is obvious this kid is trying to be chill, but the power of being in a dark environment with a glowing uniform billowing smoke is just too sweet. What you are witnessing is Ryq Peden’s Cyberpunk Armor. It’s a fun mashup of Daft Punk, space and football. In fact, I think football could be transformed with teams running around playing capture the smoke with illuminated uniforms. Seriously, this is a beautiful piece of work sporting 65 NeoPixels connected to our FLORA microcontroller. Here’s what I’m loving about this project.

  • Placement of the Neopixel strips on the shoulder pads which appear to float
  • Animation of the Neopixel strips as a whole resembling a starburst
  • The FLORA blinking an alternate color with its built-in LED
  • The 3.5 mm jacks used for connecting cables that add ease and sophistication
  • The clear plexi project case giving a modern feel on the backpack
  • The spectacular single pipe of smoke creating a sense of transparency
  • The extra time spent on creating a video with mysterious music as a bonus

Ryq, I’m sending you a laser salute for a great job on this wearable tech ensemble. For the rest of you, if you are yearning for a DJ helmet of your own, check out our learning guide for the 3D Printed Daft Punk Helmet. It’s the wearable tech that will make you memorable for years to come. You better start putting your playlist together.


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