Wearable LED display

tanktop

Following these instructions you can add an LED matrix to almost any piece of clothing. The whole display can be controlled using one output for each vertical and horizontal thread. The first step is to solder crimping beads onto each surface mount LED you will be using. Next sew a grid of conductive thread into your garment keeping the vertical and horizontal threads on opposite sides of the fabric. Each of these threads is terminated at a sewn on microcontroller socket. The LEDs are sewn on at each thread junction. She doesn’t have any code posted yet unfortunately, but there is an example movie of Conway’s Game of Life.

[thanks lobo]

Comments

  1. lolersticks says:

    eew

  2. Ed Tapanes says:

    Unfortunately this hack requires the removal of the woman’s breasts…

  3. grayskies says:

    thats pretty cool, if only it had more leds…but that would require more of a controller. It would be awesome if someone too the MIT dance floor project and somehow changed that around to be on clothes. Hell, I’d even try to do the MATLAB for it. Run it off a pocket pc using linux…its doable.

  4. markie says:

    geez, c’mon guys, I think this is very nice! … I’d say, let’s all make such a tanktop for our girlfr… euhm, never mind… :-)

  5. unangst says:

    Nice video!

  6. posicat says:

    I thought of a project like this for a wizard halloween costume (Stars on a robe). Maxim makes a chip which can control 20 LED’s independantly, 16 of these chips can be hooked up to a single I2C interface, giving 320 LED’s all individually controllable with 16 brightness levels.

  7. carpespasm says:

    please make sure to remove the garment from the wearer before performing any soldering to prevent burning.

    please make sure to get permission to remove garment before doing so to prevent slapping.

  8. marnargulus says:

    I’m trying to add LED’s to my room for lighting, any suggestions?

  9. Mads says:

    Jesus gyus this is really cool – i am making similary project here i denmark and this is really a nice project. Like the bracelet even more. The thing about taking electronic devices out of content is really great more of that stuff.

  10. Josh says:

    I think the bracelet that she made is a cooler looking aplication of the same principals
    though i can see a motorcycle jacket with built in turnsignals on the sholders being useful

  11. joelanders says:

    hey marnargulus, that sounds like a great idea- be sure to keep us informed. you should mount them along the bottom of the walls so that the light goes up all pretty. maybe alternate red green blue and be able to adjust brightness so you could make more colors… that would be so cool.

  12. Bob says:

    Josh that is a great ideawith the motorcycle turn signals. You could even turn the entire back of the jacket into a giant brake light display.

  13. Mojo Jojo says:

    Hey Marnagulus you mean something like this

    https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/bkpeters/www/LEDBed/index.html

    Not sure if the guy is still selling the kits or not but I bought one I love it, would post pics but alas no camera. This link was on /. about this time last year.

  14. marnargulus says:

    Thanks mojo, that was exactly what I was looking for.

  15. Duncan Domingue says:

    I had this idea a couple of years ago, except I wanted to use a white shirt and use surface mount LEDs behind the fabric so it would just glow through. I also wanted to make a couple of soft & small keypads that I could keep in my pockets that hooked up to the shirt. The purpose? T-shirt PONG. The problem? College kid with no money. Oh well, I’m pretty sure it’s been thought of long before I thought of it and long before she did it.

  16. Alan says:

    Very nice! I can just imagine in a few years this will be a new advertising method. Worn by bike couriers, joggers, service people… Could be a huge potential market! The resolution would have to be better but this is a great proof of concept for the conductive thread. Good luck in the future with this idea.

  17. Wireframe says:

    What would be really cool is if someone could sew a small speaker somewhere under the garment and have some realtime LED Visualisations (even if its just an equaliser)…..

  18. thanks for the comments! would love to hear from anyone who used my instructions to make something similar. i agree that the bracelet is more interesting, but it was harder to make, and therefore not as good a candidate for a diy posting. i’ll try to post my code by the end of the week.

  19. radioeyes says:

    The Brit techno-fashion store Cyberdog has some more advanced shirts that go so far as to have the Martrix code scroll on electroluminescent displays. Unfortunately, the shirts tend to go for around $80~$120. http://www.cyberdog.net, and look for “light tees”

  20. geoff kim says:

    Woohoo! Parrtayy!
    Would be cooler if you could send SMS messages and have it display on people’s clothing.

  21. cyberfunk says:

    Well I’m glad that the NSF’s money is going somewhere useful… (see bottom of linked page).

    Also.. Is it me.. or is that poor girl somewhat.. unlucky in the beatuy department… That stare on the videos.. that’s freaking creepy.

  22. Alan says:

    Very nice! I can just imagine in a few years this will be a new advertising method. Worn by bike couriers, joggers, service people… Could be a huge potential market! The resolution would have to be better but this is a great proof of concept for the conductive thread. Good luck in the future with this idea.

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