This Is the Ultimate Holiday Sweater for a Sith Lord #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #Arduino #StarWars #DIY #holiday
Well, we are up to our second holiday blinged sweater of the year, and this one scores lots of points since it has a Star Wars theme. This Death Star version by maker Taylor Sparks has cool parts, special powers and ultimate challenges that can only be revealed through my corny Darth Vader quotes. Can you figure out the connections? If not, no worries as Taylor’s video provides a tutorial.
“The force is strong with this Lilypad.”
“When I left you I was but the solderer. Now I am the coder.”
“I am shorting the LEDs, pray I do not short them any further…”
“I find your lack of power disturbing.”
“I solder for your sake, the thread is not as forgiving as the copper.”
“If you only knew the power of the accelerometers.”
“Impressive. Most impressive. Patience has taught you well. You have controlled your LEDs. Now, release their power. Only the sleeves can illuminate me.”
“You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your wearables training. With our hacked sweaters, we can end this dreary fashion and bring color to the holiday.”
Thanks for indulging my Star Wars love, and a hearty “May the Arduino be with you” to Taylor for an amazing project. Do you want to learn how to add LEDs to your holiday wear? Check out our learning guide for LED Sequins and learn how to use conductive thread and a GEMMA microcontroller to make them sparkle. Make your end of year party bright!
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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