These days technology is becoming more and more integrated into our lives. I'm not talking about smart phones, or wi-fi hot spots. I'm talking about seamless integration into our daily lives in ways we don't even notice. One of those ways is through the use of conductive fabrics and threads. Also known as soft circuitry.
One of the ways I get my middle school students interested in technology is by showing them some of the ways that technology is used for fashion. Videos and pictures are nice and all, but I wanted to make something real that the students could see and touch. I've made several little soft circuit "wearables" to show my class, but I wanted something with a bit more... edgy. Or at least some middle school edgy.
One night I came up with this crazy idea to make some earrings. Why, I don't know. It's not like I wear them or anything. I was just looking at some little round perf boards when it occurred to me that they'd be awesome as earrings, and the larger ones as necklaces. Something a bit cyber punk in nature.
And in case you were wondering, that is how I (of all people) came up with this simple design for some LED Earrings.
(Also this is an entry for the instructables 2012 LED contest. You should totally vote for us so we can have a light switch rave in our basement.)