Have you ever imagined a world where you can change the pattern of a dress with a push of the button? Or one where you are able to change the height of a hem with a swipe of your finger? Technology makes control and customization possible where it wasn't before. Fashion is no exception. The phone has become the most used personal device and while it can be the ultimate tool of distraction, it's also useful as a wireless controller. Color has always been very exciting to me, I can swoon while looking at a shade of lilac and get giddy over a kelly green. Being able to change the color of something that I am wearing has always interested me and always comes to mind as a basic means of control while brainstorming about dynamic wearables.

Using a bluetooth enabled microcontroller and Android phone, this project gives you control over a strips of RGB LEDs. These LEDs can be put anywhere, on a pair of boots, in a jacket or on a bike helmet. I chose to take inspiration from 1980 Sci-Fi movies and Kraftwerk to make two accessories; a laser etched visor and a laser cut necklace. This Instructable will teach you how to use the Edison in tandem with your phone to control an RGB LED wirelessly and how to create two laser cut/etched acrylic accessories.

Step 1: Gather Materials

The materials listed are for both acrylic accessories.


[1] Intel Edison with mini breakout board

[7" x 10"] stiff black leather (for two battery packs)

[12" x 12"] soft black leather

[14" x 14"] 1/8" thick clear sheet acrylic (necklace)

[12" x 12"] 1/16" thick white poly/acrylic combination

[4] heavy duty snaps

[1] meter analog RGB LED strip (get it with no waterproof casing to keep it low profile)

[1/4 size] perma-proto board

ribbon cable

male and female headers

electrical tape

Acrylic Cement

5-Minute Epoxy

Barge contact cement


heavy duty snap setter

leather hole punch or awl


heavy duty hand needle

leather hand needle

leather matching thread

soldering iron and tools

laser cutter (to make included accessory designs)

<p>You're right, the I/Os of the Intel Edison have a lower voltage (1.8V) than the LED Strip requires (12V) and thus a driver is needed. Your approch is not ideal though, sparkfuns' board is made for low current signal applications. While it allows higher voltages to be connected to the Intel Edison it does NOT increase the current capabilities. To be fair, the LED current will we very low due to the 12V supply, so the Intel Edison will tolerate the load.</p><p>A better approch is the circuit attached, a simple n-channel mosfet with a low G_TH voltage. I've chosen the A3400 because it's about 2.5ct each. The resistor provides a defined votage in reset conditions.</p>
Is this only possible with android devices? I have an iPhone but am unsure of spp apps for it. Thanks!
<p>I would be concerned about the Blu light damage to your eyes and health.</p>
<p>Yes true true</p>
<p>Led is not so much as bad as if you was looking at Neon Lighting or the Sun in the sky. But you are right Health is always Important.</p>
<p>who wants a boyfirend</p>
<p>You are wierd</p>
<p>Very Cool Love it. :)</p>
<p>couldnt you use this technology for echo location for deaf people ..so they can navigate this world</p>

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Bio: Specializing in sewing, soldering and snacking. More stuff I do... I teach an interactive fashion and textile class called Wearable and Soft Interactions at California ... More »
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