Picture of Adafruit Flora Brain Machine Bra
Why? Or why not? There is no try.

This is how Bach would have played out his variation on the Adafruit Flora Star Wars Theremin Bra. No. Not really.

This is Mitch Altman's nightmare realized on what happens when DARPA gets involved with the maker movement. Let's go with that. I do not recall what I did in the military nor if I was subjected to any training that I do not recall or was supposed to not recall.

Yup, you can stare at this for hours or let it go through it's 14 minute pre-programmed sequence of light and sounds.

Heck, I guess you can stare at this for hours without it powered up.

The original Brain Machine created by Mr. Altman is a set of glasses with LED embedded in the lenses. A microprocessor board is programmed to flash those LEDs in a pattern and rate meant to stimulate certain brain activity.  It also has sound output which plays tones in each ear to enhance the stimulation from the LED lights.  This takes it a step above and beyond. It's way out there.

This instructable is meant just as inspiration for others to begin making.  This is the age of wearable tech, "wearables". Brain activity is a real subject that deserves to be explored further. My nooby skills with arduino are used to try to emulate what was done with the original product .  I did not have the time to really analyze and transfer the code to get it fully functional on the Adafruit Flora arduino variant board.  The Adafruit Neopixel Rings replace the single LEDs.  Other than that, it's all good.

(You may need good speakers or headphones to hear the audio in the video. Recorded with cheap camera.)

DISCLAIMER: Again, this is not TSA nor Taliban approved for wear on or near any modes of public tranport. Burning Man and the NYC Halloween Parade may be exceptions, OK, NYC and SF in general.

Oh yeah, WARNING Flashing bright lights may affect those affected by flashing bright lights.  May cause seizures or sight impairment similar to directly looking at the sun. Neopixel LEDs are hella bright.
cdstudioNH2 months ago

I literally made headlights with mine:


: D

caitlinsdad (author)  cdstudioNH2 months ago

Once those training wheels come off, look out!

dknipe11 year ago
What if you put the LEDs on inside of bra for fake breasts. Fake ones lite up like fiber optics.
veeguy1 year ago

Very nice project!

PC comment: "I really like looking at the mesmerizing lights on your creation!" "Why no, I hadn't noticed your bosom."

Non PC comment: Could you make the lights go back and forth rapidly to give guys whiplash?

Further observation: Have you considered adding propellers? Just wondering.

caitlinsdad (author)  veeguy1 year ago

can't video embed stuff but here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aom1GGsh1XE

caitlinsdad (author)  veeguy1 year ago

"Dangit Jim, I neither a doctor nor an aeronautical engineer."

iceng1 year ago
I have made rose LED cleavage enhancers for a few ladies in my time,
But I will venture to speculate you will only get two women to try this contraption  :-)
caitlinsdad (author)  iceng1 year ago
LED cleavage enhancer.

The uP sedately illuminates several of the 8 LEDs.
Intended to draw the eye to the desired area.
caitlinsdad (author)  iceng1 year ago
Nice. The LED enhancer too.
Are you from Northern California by chance? O.o

"Neopixel LEDs are hella bright."
caitlinsdad (author)  SacredDemon1 year ago
No. "Neopixel LEDs will Fn blind ya. Fuggedaboudit." I am from Brooklyn, NY.
Ah okay. was curious since the term "Hella" is very prevalent here and seems to be rarely used anywhere else. :P
caitlinsdad (author)  SacredDemon1 year ago
I've seen that term used in various projects from all over the place and Hella does make auto lights. I have picked up the descriptive terms "wonky" and "bullocks" from our UK friends on this site.
this needs a subtitle. one dads attempt to avoid the bra experts at the lingerie store.

caitlinsdad (author)  thematthatter1 year ago
Whaddaya got in kevlar in a nice camo pattern? Is it mil-spec?
I got it now:
Caitlinsdad: why is this bra $50?
store person: it has an underwire for support.
Caitlinsdad: an underwear?
Store person: under WIRE.
Caitlinsdad: oh, never mind i can go to rat shack for wire.
Catlinsdad at rat shack: i need wire!
Rat shack: Sir, I dont know what that is, check the components bin.
Rat Shack clerk: But do you need a cell phone?

Just what I need - something to make it more difficult to maintain eye contact.

Probably not an issue, I don't get invited to parties where people wear this kind of thing anyway!
Rat shack: you got questions, we got blank stares.. and Cellphones!

my words to live by, i dont trust anyone at a parts store or electronics store unless they have a mullet and a fanny pack.

Just noticed Rat shack is a sponsor. They sell good products.
caitlinsdad (author)  thematthatter1 year ago
Whaddaya mean not all HDMI cables work the same and that the $100 ones work better? Wait, that's at the brick and mortar Best Showroom Store.
All you need is something strong enough to stop an arrow... From Cupid.
criggie1 year ago
caitlinsdad (author)  criggie1 year ago
I think breasts get enough attention without having to put red flashing lights, and speakers on them! LOL
caitlinsdad (author)  Flyinseamnky1 year ago
Oh, the humanity!
Metalyc1 year ago
but why the bra? a focus around further enhancing breasts mind altering abilities? I could see us going back to Victorian age clothing in retaliation to tech of this hypothetical ability.
caitlinsdad (author)  Metalyc1 year ago
I believe the question has been debated for centuries on the ramifications of possessing such super powers.
This is mans true hell. What am I supposed to do? You want me to stare at your lights? If I do I'll get the slap of death...but if I don't look, its disrespectful to the work.
caitlinsdad (author)  efahrenholz1 year ago
Danged if you do. Danged if you don't. Life is a mystery, my friend.
Kiteman1 year ago
Approximately half the population already find bosoms to be hypnotic without the addition of LEDs...
caitlinsdad (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
Fascinating. (citation needed)