Issue 18 – HackSpace magazine “3D-printed jacket mod with LEDs” by @SophyWong #Wearables #CircuitPlaygroundExpress #Adafruit @HackSpaceMag @Adafruit @MSMakeCode
Issue 18 — HackSpace magazine – a 3D-printed jacket mod with LEDs by designer & maker Sophy Wong.
In our project, we’ll use a simple pattern of extruded hexagons, and make two 3D-printed panels that will be sewn to the back of a jacket. We’ll pattern our pieces directly off the jacket so that they fit perfectly. Translucent filament is a fantastic diffuser for LEDs, so we’ll add some lights to the back of the jacket. We’ll control our LEDs with an Adafruit Circuit Playground Express, using its on-board buttons to switch between animations. If you’ve never programmed a microcontroller before, the Circuit Playground Express (CPX) is the perfect place to start. Coding the CPX is simple with MakeCode, an online block-based visual programming tool from Microsoft. The finished piece will be a programmable, 3D-printed LED jacket, fit for your next cyberpunk adventure!
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.