When You Want a Hat That Will Auto-Protect #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #tech #Arduino #DIY
When you are outside, a little bit of sunlight feels great, but sometimes you just want the sun out of your eyes without switching to a different style of hat. This Shade Bug by maker Mark Vrahas demonstrates a fun hat with insect style that morphs from cap to brimmed hat in a few seconds. An Arduino with a motor is most likely reacting to a photo cell in order to trigger the motion. Of course the bug style gets bonus points, but what I like about this piece are the inexpensive materials used. It looks like pieces of cardboard with coated paper placed on a frame of wooden dowels or straws. The pipe cleaners create levers for the brim and add a child-like quality to the piece. Although a photoresistor is nice, I’d be curious if a UV sensor might even be a better choice. If you want to try making your own hat that reacts to sunlight, check out our learning guide for the Sunscreen Reminder Hat. It plays a Super Mario tune when the UV rays reach a certain level, so you’ll know when to reapply your sunscreen. It’s maker fun that makes good sense. Get hacking!
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