A few years ago I had the excitement of meeting Thomas Gnahm and the rest of his glowing friends at Wear It Berlin. I say glowing because they are known for creating the coolest bike gang blinged out with LED denim jackets—Trafo Pop. As if things weren’t crazy enough with their events, they just celebrated a world’s record for having a fashion tech party in zero gravity thanks to a campaign for Desperado called “Bass Drop”. It was like this:
A party is taking place inside of an airplane 30,000 ft. above Las Vegas. As the plane drops to 15,000 ft. so does the bass, and when the bass drops so does the dance floor, sending the crowd floating and dancing in zero gravity.
Not only was the plane decorated with LEDs, but Thomas and his team created trash tech style wearables for the group, including video capable vests. The best way to describe their work is graffiti street fashion through LEDs. They know how to combine texture, paint and tech to produce a mixed media effect that is sure to bring smiles. This Bass vest not only shows nice font work using LED strips, but equally nice cabling which allows the strips to make sharp bends.
This party helmet uses the knobby LED style that Trafo Pop is known for, and the ribbons of cable make it appear brain like. Of course my fave piece is this backpack style large numeric display. What does that readout mean? Knowing Thomas it is probably an IoT thing!
I’m really excited to see the success of this group, and they continue to grow the maker and wearables spirit in Berlin. If you want some of that crazy spirit, you should take a look at our tutorial for the EEG Costume Cap. It features our bright and colorful mini NeoPixels topped with some NinjaFlex diffusers. Will people believe your brain activity is affecting the lights? Let them wonder, because you are the one that can secretly control the colors with your phone through Bluefruit LE. This is a challenging project with big rewards.
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