Eras Tour Brings Back LED Bracelets #WearableWednesday #TSTheErasTour
Taylor Swift is popular, like almost Raspberry Pi level popular. Her mega-sold-out Eras tour brings back these interactive crowd bracelets. Every concert goer is given an LED bracelet that can be synced to the music and create massive designs.
The effect seems to be created by shining infrared light on the built in IR sensors. Along with IR sensors the bracelets can also be fitted with RFID, and motion sensors. Slate got into the details for the 1989 tour and we can only assume the tech got more refined:
We use infra-red light, which is essentially the technology that’s in your remote control. It’s very simple but very powerful—think of it as installing a very powerful set of remote controls around the stadium, and then sending a signal that triggers the lighting. We use, essentially, invisible light to create visible light, and to synchronize people with each other.
We want to make an object that feels like magic, so there’s no button, there’s nothing to activate—it will just turn on at some point. We want to surprise you.
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