From Kara (The Dressed Aesthetic): Fast forward one year. I approached Mr. Dressed with what seemed like an impossible idea – I wanted to create a winter wonderland scene, with rolling hills of snow, bespeckled with Christmas trees and snow falling all around, making me into a human snow globe. But, the kicker was: I wanted Christmas lights on the trees that would actually light up, surrounded by glittering illuminated snowflakes.
From Adam (Mr Dressed): After a bit of internet-searching, I came across a product called NeoPixels, which are a flexible LED light product sold by the fantastic electronics store Adafruit. Not only does Adafruit sell the NeoPixels, but they’ve created an entire platform designed around wearable electronics called FLORA, which turned out to be perfect for this project.
The FLORA platform is designed to be sewable into clothing, and consists of a number of pieces of electronics.
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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