Introduction: LED Holiday TuTu
How to get the cute geeks to talk to you at this year's holiday party?
A groovalicious eTextile blinky-blink party tutu!
SImple, fast, fun and effective eTextile project for just about anyone.
Step 1: Gather Your Parts
TuTu - ready made or make one yourself
Aniomagic button schemer
Aniomagic lightboards - I ordered 3 sets of 5 light boards in Red, Green and White
Conductive thread - I used 4 ply stainless with 14 ohm resistance
Step 2: Sew the Button Schemer to the Tutu
Thread your needle with conductive thread.
Be sure the needle fits thru the holes on your electronic parts.
Sew the positive and negative traces that will connect to your power source.
Step 3: Sew Lightboards to the Tutu
Sew the lightboards to the tutu following the pattern you have designed.
Each board is marked with a series of dots indicating the boards address.
This address determines how that specific LED will respond to the program.
All lightboards with three dots behave the same way. As will all ones, twos, fours and fives.
Sew the lightboards in any location or sequence on the traces for your specific design.
Just be sure the dots always align with the positive trace.
This is whats so great about this product.
You can mix and match the lightboards colors and address on one set of traces.
Seriously, Aniomagic's products are so simple it is like the Apple of wearable computers.
Step 4: Connect the 3V Battery
Because I am using this tutu for a performance the battery needs to be easily and frequently accessible.
I simply taped the conductive thread directly to the battery.
This is not a long term solution, but will do for the performance and rapid battery changes.
Step 5: Program the Schemer Button
Using Aniomagics programing set your LEDs to behave the way you wish.
Write your program and hold the schemer button up to your computer screen. This works on light so make sure the button schemer is close to the yellow flower on the screen.
Want to change the program while you're in party mode?
Use your iPhone to change the program.
See someone at a party with this tutu - go ahead, change her program on the fly.
That would be super groovaliciousness!
Step 6: Look Tutu Fabulous for the Holiday Parties!
Yes, every geek large and small, girl and boy will want to talk to you!
Go ahead - loose control at the office party and spill a drink or two, 'cause this tutu can handle wetness.
Make a few for your girlfriends then go out torment the elves with your sassy ways.
What ever you do - be sure to have BIG fun this holiday season!
This tutu project will be on display Friday 18 December from 7 -10 p.m. at Mona Lucero's, 2544 15th Street in Denver. Please come visit and see how to make one for yourself!