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Adafruit Graduation Gift Guide 2018: Wearables, Costuming and Cosplay

Adafruit graduation gift guide blog

Give your loved one electronic fashion, cosplay, circuits for their clothing and accessories with wearables from Adafruit! Check out all the materials, boards, and sensors to help them create the wearable electronics of their dreams.

Looking for wearable project gift inspiration? Check out the wearables guides on Adafruit Learning System to learn how to make a NeoPixel Manicure or Capacitive Touch Unicorn Horn.

We sell wearable parts packs to get you started! Watch the video below to figure out which pack might be right for your Grad!


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FLORA – Wearable electronic platform: Arduino-compatible: FLORA is Adafruit’s fully-featured wearable electronics platform. It’s a round, sewable, Arduino-compatible microcontroller designed to empower amazing wearables projects.

FLORA comes with Adafruit’s support, tutorials and projects. Check out dozens of FLORA tutorials on the Adafruit Learning System.

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The FLORA is small (1.75″ diameter, weighing 4.4 grams). The FLORA family also has the best stainless steel threads, sensors, GPS modules and chainable LED NeoPixels, perfect accessories for the FLORA main board. Read more

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Adafruit Beginner LED Sewing Kit: Add LED accents to textile projects with Adafruit’s LED Sewing Kit! This kit comes with enough supplies to make two projects with two LEDs each, or one project with four LEDs. Great for embroidery and needlework, light-up jewelry and hair accessories, shoes, plush toys, and more. This is a great beginner kit for kids (no soldering!) and adults alike who are looking to get into soft circuits and wearable electronics. (read more)


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Make: Wearable Electronics by Kate Hartman: Combine fashion and high tech in your own workshop! What if your clothing could change color to complement your skin tone, respond to your racing heartbeat, or connect you with a loved one from afar? Welcome to the world of shoes that can dynamically shift your height, jackets that display when the next bus is coming, and neckties that can nudge your business partner from across the room. Whether it be for fashion, function, or human connectedness, wearable electronics can be used to design interactive systems that are intimate and engaging. (read more)


Mystical LED Halloween Hood: Jawa! Create glowing eyes for your costume! This project is ideal for any character with glowing eyes, like the Black Mage from Final Fantasy, or Orko from He-Man. Two NeoPixel Jewels can appear any color or animating pattern, and they are driven by a GEMMA microcontroller powered by a 500mAh lipoly battery in a 3D printed pocket. (read more)


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