Japanese company No New Folk are working on Orphe, a pair of shoes for performers. Each shoe has 100 individually controlled LEDs, an ARM Cortex microprocessor, a Bluetooth chip and a motion sensor that can be used to control another device with the wearer’s movements.
Flexible RGB LED strips usually only have a single row of LEDs. But Adafruit’s new Flexible NeoPixel RGB LED Matrix has 256 LEDs arranged in an 8×32 matrix. It has a thick and flexible PCB backing, so you can wrap it over bent or curved surfaces.
Here’s a fun project from Al Linke, the creator of the PIXEL. He used the board that he made for his pixel art LED frame to turn an LED matrix into a comically huge and interactive jewelry, which he affectionately calls the iBling.
A new lighting system on Kickstarter is going to make decorating Christmas trees much easier. Called Aura, it consists of LED balls that are powered wirelessly by an electromagnetic transmitter, which fits inside or at the base of a Christmas tree.
Maker Daniel Rojas came up with an affordable – albeit smaller – alternative to Biegert & Funk’s prohibitively expensive QLOCKTWO word clocks. Daniel made it using an 8×8 LED matrix, an ATMega 328p microcontroller and a DS1307 real time clock.
The Christmas season is in full swing with Thanksgiving next week. That means all those decorations that have been in stores since October will start showing up in full force at homes in your neighborhood. If you work in a cubicle and want to make it merry and bright, there are plenty of decorations out there.
Tokyoflash has a new batch of Kisai wristwatches. Naturally, the Satellite X and the Satellite X Acetate have odd eye-catching designs, but they’re actually easier to read compared to the company’s other watches. Both designs have three circles of LEDs.
Want to make a Shadowrun, Deus Ex or any cyberpunk or sci-fi costume? Adaruit contributor Tully Jagoe has a great accessory that you might want to replicate. Tully made a head-mounted array of small LEDs that make his eyes – or whatever part of your face you put them over – appear to be made of light.
Looking for a geeky twist for your Halloween decorations? Michal Janyst is onto something. He used two 8×8 LED modules and an Arduino Nano to give his jack-o’-lantern a pair of animated eyes.
Here’s Michal’s crazy-eyed pumpkin:
Ride a broom to Michal’s blog for the parts list, schematics and links to the software and code you need to emulate his hack.
This electric fan didn’t evolve from Drowzeefan, but it is mesmerizing. The Hypnofan is a desk fan that will cool your skin and free your mind. It has a series of LEDs that change colors as the blades rotate, creating an entrancing swirl.
Each year around Halloween, we see some really cool and geeky pumpkins that people are carving. Today I found a few carved pumpkins that will make the geek in you smile. My favorite is the first photo you see here, the Cylon.
Like TokyoFlash, Canadian watchmaker Division Furtive makes watches that put more emphasis on form than function. The company’s newest watch is the Type 50, a button- and crown-less timepiece that uses light to both display and set the time.
Adafruit’s been on a tear with its 3D printing projects lately. Their newest creation is a 3D printed replica of the helmet worn by Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. It has strips of programmable LEDs inside that are visible through the visor.
This is far from the first Philips Ambilight alternative that we’ve seen, but Flytron set its AmbiLED HD apart by making it much easier to install and adjust. That’s because this ambient lighting system for PCs uses a thin strip of LEDs with a reusable adhesive back.