Crashspace Matt came up to with an idea for an LED enclosure we can then sew into hoodies. I said let's do it!
This project was created on 01/22/2014 and last updated 6 months ago.
2012 project with Matt Pinner:
Arduino driven addressable RGB LED's using the WS2801 library.
Uniform bases designed to allow for clip in design for this specific led and then slots modeled out for cable management.
Then there were several spike sizes designed so people can choose which ones they need for their projects.
Note: We each handled the sewing into hoodies differently. Once printed I did a "Match hole" hole punch through base of spike and uniform base. Then sewed buttons through hole to hoody.
Sooo.... I've been entertaining some new projects due to some recent test cases and I've determined it would be just as easy to update this beast of a project. Current update list:
Change the LED type to the WS2812 that we love to use so much. This called for change in the original file to narrow the hole to reinforce the now Nylon printed spikes. Outside looks same but i like how the nylon diffuses the light. With mid density strips, the spike can each hold 4 pixels.
Change the Arduino from the Uno to the Yun.. for the reasons :)
Add springs to be sewn into hoody as a diy potentiometer. With the signal pin being on a glove or other arm somewhere. TBD still
Find hoody worth awesomeness, possibly a first day find, seeing as how I'll be there all 4 days.
Maybe convert this thing to be removable... but that's a not necessary thing. (I've got no problems ripping seams like a boss)
And as to why I'm going to the Yun.... I'm hoping to set up a web portal to make this an interactive piece. The Wifi will be StegoHoody, so if you see it, then I have succeeded. If not, Then maybe not so much, or I had turned it off. I'm thinking I'm going to add a motor or other device to let me know if somebody is issuing commands, Can't see the spikes when I'm wearing the hoody. As always, if anyone sees me in the wild, feel free to say hey. Now back to work.... 4 spikes in one day... think i can get a 5th one in. if anyone knows a good resource other then setting up the REST commands through URL please share.
Matal, the strips for v3 were custom built from conductive ribbon and ws2812b leds... i really swell technique that i encourage anyone to employ...
@mike, The everyday wear spikes are much smaller and flatter (see the pictured pinkish spike) ;)
these pictured are a clearish PLA. I'd love to try a set with the flexible clear material that is starting to come out if anyone has some on hand.
Added photo for version 1, Plus two photos from a revised v2 or 3, don't remember nor do i have the files dropped anywhere. Matt do you have them posted? The v2+ use the adafruit neopixel strips. I think we found the strips at Alibaba though.
heh, very cool, metal. let's do it. Mike, this (like most things) started w some inspiration from hackaday. someone posted lasercut led spikes in oct 2012. follow that thread for the most details about this derivative. i owe yous a full writeup and thingiverse links for the next phase that metal and i have been working through. this project has forked in two directions... perhaps choosing which is appropriate can be the first bit of community value. it has gone in the party mode, social dinosuars route.. like the pictured. where multiple dino sync and share patterns. big needs are the choice and impl of the correct radio and a proper source tree. current this works but it is hobbled together with propritry and costly parts. the other direction is the more everyday wear route, with sensors and subtle enviromental and motion reactivity. needs a lot more work on the fashion design and audio processing it was great meeting you all the other night. keep it up! we'll bring by a team of dino to the next swaree' thanks! -matt
I don't know if I'm sold on everyday use. But for a party this is awesome! I was talking to Jack Buffington at The Gathering and a people kept coming up like moths to a flame to ask him about the RGB led matrix pendant he was wearing.
Seeing a whole crew of people at a party wearing spikes that were in sync with each other would be awesome (for those of us that appreciate that type of network hack anyway)