Do you have a hard time finding the perfect scarf to match your outfit? And then you don’t and have to change your outfit to match the scarf and you’re running late for work… How about making your clothing match automatically, by pairing it with some electronic devices?
The technique could actually be applied to other items of clothing as well. The idea is that by embedding Flora circuitry from Adafruit and 12 LED lights in the fabric, the item will be able to change color depending on the rest of the outfit you are wearing.
Granted, you do need some technical skills to pull this through. You’ll need to know a bit of coding and programming and how to put together electronic components. And let’s not forget sewing, you will definitely need to know that in order to get the circuitry embedded in the fabric.
So if you’re up for it, go ahead. The beauty of it is that you can use whatever fabric you want, which you will be able to personalize with the help of an optical sensor and the Flora wearable electronics board. After sewing the circuitry into the fabric, you will need to do some coding so as to set the electronic board to detect colors and match the LED lights with your outfit accordingly.
The Flora technology is Arduino-compatible and was specifically designed as a wearable gadget. It is equipped with 12 LED lights, the brightest available on the market, paired with a constant current driver chip.
You can purchase all the items you need to make your own electronic chameleon scarf on the Adafruit website. The sensor costs about $13 and the Flora board is $25. Make sure you don’t forget about the battery, as the system will need power to work. Adafruit has you covered with that too: you can purchase a 3.7v, 150mAh lithium ion battery for about $7.
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