So to advance fashion geekwear, I present the God Particle Wearable LHC Demonstrator Shirt. An academic tool to show off to your friends and impress them with an expanation of the LHC and how it works. What is the learning objective here? Make stuff to learn stuff. Good to wear to lectures where you are trying to inspire the youth of today to be engineers of the future. Engage them but do not allow them to press your buttons.
This is a derivative work of the Daft Punk LED Matrix Breakout Board based on the original Daft Punk Coffee Table. So what we have is an ordered bunch of blinking LEDs that is programmed to light up the LHC diagram. Powered by Arduino powered by the miracle of electronics.
If this may seem too advanced for you, maybe start out on the equally compelling Star Trek Phaser Red Shirt.
Step 1: Gather your particles...
I had taken some notes after viewing Scientific American's video. I wanted to incorporate the animation to show the flow of the particles and indicate the energy or power used to accelerate them at each stage.
Basically, this project is to make a shirt to illustrate the workings of the CERN experiment to observe sub-atomic particles. The shirt to demonstrate the ATLAS detector to show the actions of the quarks and gluons may be a future project. Or...25 LEDs can go a long way to illustrate protein folding or DNA or chemical bonding.... Be ambitious and wire up a CRAY supercomputer or HAL 9000.
I will leave out a lot of detail in this build because they are covered in other instructables in detail.
Refer to the Daft Punk Coffee Table instructable to get an understanding of how to control a matrix of LEDs with an arduino microprocessor.
The arduino sketch and libraries used is there. The only thing I will offer is my frames.h file which contains the animation but will be less than useful since your final design and configuration/ how LEDs are sewn on probably wlll not match pin for pin.
Next, refer to the Daft Punk LED Matrix Breakout Board instructable to see how to create a workable interface for the LEDs so we can "free them from the grid" and place them artfully in our project.
So, you need a shirt or a hoodie or whatever garment you want to place this on.
Iron-on transfer paper to print out the image from an ink-jet printer(color laser copier-no color laser printer- stuff is more expensive and hard to find)
Electronics and soldering skillz.
LEDs, ribbon cables, arduino, perfboard, headers, female headers
Basic sewing skillz with needle and thread.
CAUTION: Learn how to solder safely. Learn how to sew safely. Both essential maker skills.