When You Want Your Bow Tie to Be More Holiday #WearableWednesday #DIY #wearabletech
When Henk de Bruijn wanted something more geekish for the holidays, he didn’t have to look any further than his own bow tie and a bright Adafruit Neopixel Jewel for decoration. This smart accessory is controlled by a smartphone thanks to a Feather Huzzah ESP8266. In fact, Henk was inspired by our learning guide for MicroPython Smart Holiday Lights. Check out the beautiful reflections on his shirt.
You can check out some helpful hints for creating this bow tie on Henk’s blog, and I just want to say that a Neopixel Jewel is one of the most beautiful clusters of LEDs ever. So, if you are at a loss on how to add some color to any outfit, this is an easy choice, whether it be incorporated into clothing, bags or jewelry. Be sure to choose the Jewel that best suits your project since there are options for warm white and cool white LEDs as well. Have fun creating your own holiday look.
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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, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, 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.
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