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This Micro:bit project comes to us from lorrainbow

How I Failed

I had the idea for this jacket a while ago… I started planning and designing it back in July

I had lots of ideas how to make it and kept changing my mind about the best way to make it: https://lorrainbow.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/fail-rgb-led-indicators-for-a-cycling-jacket/

Then I even created the prototype using neopixels, conductive thread and cross stitch material. It looked good!

But sadly it didn’t stand up to testing. When moved the lights would flicker on and off. My amazingly neat stitching wasn’t tight enough and there were overlaps in the thread.

Take 27

I call this jacket Take 27 because I ran out of letters of the alphabet with this original idea. Using the same strip of lights I used for the belt I finally created a micro:bit indicator jacket!


  • A set of indicator lights that would be visible to cars/cyclists/pedestrians behind me
  • Could be controlled from the handlebars
  • Wasn’t permanently attached to my expensive cycling jacket so I could still wash it
  • Could be made waterproof

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