Michelle Vossen was motivated to combine wearables and technology in a meaningful way, not only because she had to create a project for her creative programming class, but because she wanted something more aligned with her philosophy.
I believe too often technology and clothing are merged in a very unnatural way, as if the technology is just added for the sake of adding it. In those cases, the technology does not add any value at all and I really dislike that.
Her resulting project is a magnificent diptych, which means her LED dress is meant to be seen precisely next to her computer. Notice the streaming rays of light that streak the desert sands of the dress leading to the pyramid on screen. The dress utilizes a Lilypad Arduino with LEDs stitched with conductive thread, while the computer art uses Processing. Michelle decided to add an app on her phone to make controlling the programming even easier. I think the most important takeaway is how simplistic images make room for the sparkle of LEDs, without looking overdone. Also, Michelle has the right idea of viewing wearables with other objects since people are always viewing others within their environments. I hope she continues this study of art and design as it may lead to some interesting creations.
Would you like to control LEDs in your wearable? Check out our learning guide on the FLORA Bluefruit LE module. It’s a tiny piece of magic that when paired with a FLORA microcontroller allows you to connect with your smartphone or tablet. Make LEDs change color with our IOS or Android app. Feel like a chameleon and have fun learning about tech.
Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!