Microsoft researchers teamed up with designers at the Brooklyn Public Library’s BKLYN Fashion Academy to enhance the storytelling power of their garments using custom-made plug-and-play microcontroller technology. The collaboration culminated in a fashion show on May 3 at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library in New York City. The tech was the first application of Project Alava, which aims to lower the barriers of entry to programming by creating microcontroller-based systems that are easy to construct, code and debug. Alava leverages the open-source framework powering Microsoft MakeCode and the bus-based communication protocol JACDAC.
The BKLYN Fashion Academy (BFA) embarked on a journey through time where we discover the history and fashion culture of the Herero Women of Namibia, and dive into the future with cutting-edge technology sponsored by Microsoft. Our neo-Victorian theme will took you on a futuristic rollercoaster, into the realm of Steampunk and introduced you to a growing wave in fashion.
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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.