I thought to myself one day, man leather jackets are cool. How can I make it cooler?
And then it hit me.
I had always loved graphic equalizers, so why not put the equalizer in the jacket. And add LED's. AND A SOUND SYSTEM.
"Get kicked out of a party? No problem! the party is in YOUR JACKET!"
Lets get started.
Step 1: Bill of Materials
- 1 X Leather Jacket
- 2 X Speakers (sub-woofers recommended)
- 1 X Amplifier (optional) link
- 16-30 X Ultra High Brightness Blue LED's link
- 1-3 X Blue LED Strips link
- 1-3 X Blue EL Wire link
- 2 X Ultra High Brightness Red LED's (something I failed at :P) link
- 1-3 X 9V battery clips link
- 1-3 X 9V 2AA battery holder/converter link
- 1 X old headphones
- 1 X 3.5mm port
- 1 X 80mm or bigger Fan
- 1 X Ultra High Brightness Green LED (I accidentally got the 100mcd; aka no brightness LED) link
- 1 X Solder 60/40 + Soldering Iron
- 1 X General Use PCB board link
- 1 X Hot Glue+ Glue Gun
- 2 X VU LED EQUALIZER JACKETS link
- 1 X DPDT switch link
- 1 X 9Volt battery
- 2X AA battery
- Some Speaker Wire
For those who have previous knowledge of electronics, I would recommend building a VU METER from scratch :
Step 2: Obtain a Leather Jacket
Step 3: Obtain Speakers
Step 4: Modify the Speakers (optional)
Step 5: Adding an Amplifier (optional)
I did solder together the amplifier, and since the kit was made to have an input microphone and an output for a speaker, I had to do some modifying.
I wanted to have an input 3.5mm socket and an output 3.5mm jack. To do so, I cut the microphone output from a spare headphone, and a jack from a 2 way 3.5mm splitter.
I stripped the wire off the microphone output, and found a wire on the inside covered by copper wires (around the inner wire). the outside copper goes to the negative (-) output and the inner wire goes to the positive (+).
For the 3.5mm Jack, I stripped the outer housing and found a red wire, a white wire, and copper wires around the other two wires.
The red and white wires are your left and right speaker inputs, you should solder them together and place them in the positive (+) input. The copper shrouding should go to negative or ground (-).
After hooking up the amplifier I noticed the sound quality was garbled, and the music would build up and suddenly stop, then repeat again. I have no clue why it did this, so I went ahead and left out the amplifier stage.
Step 6: Adding Amplifier (part II)
Step 7: Adding a VU LED METER
I then looked for cheaper methods, and I found something called EL wire. BUT, EL wire doesn't have the flare I want it to, and wiring up was not exactly a walk in the park.
Finally I stumbled on a very good deal. On amazon.com they have LED VU equalizer T shirts which already have the led's and the circuit board all wired up for 13$. All you have to do is put in batteries. Sticking to my KISS theory (Keep It Stupid Simple), I decided to take this route, and nether the less I was very happy!
Once the T shirts arrived I quickly hacked out the VU meter from the t shirt using my prestigious Rambo knife.
Step 8: Keeping the Speakers in Place
Step 9: Making Blue Led Circuits
To light up the inner portion of the jacket, I decided to use mini pcb boards wired up to 8000mcd blue LED's.
I bought from radio shack general PCB boards which I then cut into 4 mini boards using a dremel tool.
Step 10: Wire Up the Boards
Step 11: Led Boards Finished
Step 12: Hot Glue the Led Boards and the VU Meter to the Jacket
Step 13: Adding LED's to the Speakers+Resistors
I did some simple electronics to figure out the resistance needed for the Red LED's ( 12v-2.4v= 9.6v/20ma=480Ω).
At the time I didn't have a 480Ω resistor, so I quickly hacked out 3 180Ω resistors from an old toy which equaled= 540Ω, close enough.
Later on though, I went ahead and bought a 470Ω resistor and a 22Ω resistor, soldered them in series, and applied to the LEDs.
Step 14: ALIEN WARE VOICE (optional)
When I was younger I used to put my mouth next to a fan and talk. Fascinated by the weird voice which would come out on the other side of the fan, I would entertain myself for hours on end. Since my hobby is to salvage parts from different computers and recreate new ones, I have an abundance of fans to use.
The plan was to hot glue a fan to the end of the microphone port on the headphone, and use it to create noise effects. Also, a green LED would emphasize the ALIEN part.
Step 15: Assembling Alien Ware Voice
Step 16: Alien Ware Failure, But It Still Has Uses...
The fan did not make the alien sound I was hoping it would; It was too small to produce the effects a big fan would
All it did was clip my tongue 100 times per minute while i was trying to talk!
But, I did find some other uses for this thing.
1st off, It acts as a great mouth cooler (god knows what you would need that for)
2nd off, I figured out if you fill your mouth with water, you can spray a heavy mist of H2O at unsuspecting sibling.
3rd off, I would DEFINITELY NOT RECOMMEND THIS, If you feel like being a professional flame thrower, fill your mouth with gas.....
Step 17: Yu-Gi-Oh Case Enclosure for Amplifier
Step 18: Battery Source
I found a 9 volt battery holder for 2 AA batteries and I couldn't believe my luck!
Step 19: Battery Schematic.
I made the mistake and soldered both positive terminals together and both negative terminals together, and I later wondered why they didn't work.
Step 20: Soldering a Switch.
I used a DPDT (double switch double throw) switch and soldered it in. To solder a switch properly, first solder the
(+) battery terminal to the middle part, then solder the LED's (+) terminal to whatever side you want.
Step 21: Inside Wiring Diagram
This diagram may also help people visualize the placement of wires which are hidden in the jacket.
Step 22: YOU'RE DONE!
Here's the first video I made with the jacket, It was probably the funniest/worst performance. Enjoy!
I hope you really have enjoyed this Instructable as much as I did,
and I wish that you all would all rate this 5 stars!