This Crazy Amulet Will Make You a Star Trek Android #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #arduino #DIY

Star Trek Android Amulet

Does this amulet look familiar? Get ready to laugh because it’s a replica prop from one of the zaniest Star Trek episodes ever— “I, Mudd”. Well, technically any episode with Mudd was crazy, but this particular show had androids sporting amulets that would blink erratically in the presence of logic dilemmas. I happened to spot this project on Hackaday and enjoyed discovering exactly why maker Peter Walsh decided to embark on this mission.

When the androids encountered something they didn’t understand, the amulets would blink and beep – indicating that the entire android society was pondering (in unison) what to do. At a con, many people will get the reference and remember what the crew had to do to to defeat the androids. If you wear this amulet at a con, you will get many, many people performing wacky and screwball scenes in an attempt to bewilder the “android”.

Peter’s build includes a laser-cut acrylic stone with LEDs controlled by an Arduino Nano. The control can be strapped around the wrist with the switch concealed under the wearer’s ring. This is a fun con accessory that should create some interesting play, although Peter does admit that it didn’t get him the following he expected at his hometown hackerspace. The question is, who was wearing the necklace? All jokes aside, you should really check out his project, which was an entry into Hackaday’s Sci-Fi Challenge. This is actually one of my fave projects of the year because it’s such a cult piece and really gets the details close to the original TV version. For those of you that are ready for the final frontier of  making jewelry with electronics, check out our learning guide for the Galaxy Pendant. This glimmering necklace is powered with a tiny Trinket microcontroller and the epoxy resin is waterproof, making it a wise choice for cons where you expect beverages to be served. Have fun creating a necklace for your sci-fi adventure.

Flora breadboard is 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!

Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here:

Join Adafruit on Mastodon

Adafruit is on Mastodon, join in!

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, 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.

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Join over 36,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community!

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers –

Maker Business — “Packaging” chips in the US

Wearables — Enclosures help fight body humidity in costumes

Electronics — Transformers: More than meets the eye!

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: Silicon Labs introduces CircuitPython support, and more! #CircuitPython #Python #micropython @ThePSF @Raspberry_Pi

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Guardian Robot, Weather-wise Umbrella Stand, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — #NewProds 7/19/23 Feat. Adafruit Matrix Portal S3 CircuitPython Powered Internet Display!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at !

No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.