Today I finished my first glow-fur project. It’s a glowing silver-and-white fur lined jacket, and the cuffs and collar fur glow with delicious rainbow colors and animations.
I used Adafruit’s Gemma chip along with their neopixels and neopixel strips. The jacket is powered by a lithium polymer battery that’s surprisingly light and really strong. I think I’m hooked on lithium polymer. This thing is awesome.
This jacket was kind of a nightmare to make. Electronics can be so petulant if they don’t get exactly what they want, when they want it, and prototypes are notoriously fiddly anyway even without the electricity to muddle things up. I remade almost every part of this jacket at least twice, and I’m still not 100% satisfied with it, but I am 500% HAPPY with it.
The cool thing about using the Adafruit pixels is that each one is individually addressable. What does that mean? It means that I can plug this jacket into my Mac, and tell it what color combinations I want, or what animations it should run, or how bright it should be or any number of wonderful things. If I want it fading from purple to red to purple I can do that, or I can let the rainbow colors shine.
I’ve also got the option of adding on motion sensors, color sensors, or GPS sensors (so I can have it light up when I get to Starbucks, or whatever – I haven’t quite figured out the why’s of that one yet). There’s so much to learn. It’s a little overwhelming.
But right now I have a sparkly rainbow light up jacket. Squee!