LED suit lights up the night

When the tipline popped up with this LED suit, part two, by [Marc DeVidts] we were expecing a simple led version of the previously known EL coat.

Well we were right and wrong in the same instance. Correct in that like predictions, the outcome is stonking great. Wrong in that this suit far outpaces EL in abilities we weren’t expecting. Namely to start off, an iPhone app over WiFi dictates to some 200 Arduino multiplexed RGB LED modules to dance randomly or follow patterns; an accelerometer and microphone are also implanted to further some effects. And finally if the suit isn’t enough to make you giddy, his PCB and enclosure milling surely will. Catch a video of the entire setup after the break.


  1. Erik Johnson says:

    Aw damn, someone else beat me to getting an article on here for almost the same thing :( a WiFi-controlled RGB LED suit.

  2. Zach says:

    This is fully awesome!

  3. DrAltaica says:

    This is going to be the best Gozer costume evey!


  4. Phate says:

    This guy should team up with Daft Punk helmet guy.

  5. Addidis says:

    LED suit doesnt do this justice. Nice work man. I usually cringe when i see headlines with LED XXX but this is really cool.

    I would probably put a bandpass the mic , and then have the suit act as a visual eq. Legs light for bass , arms for those nice highs. etc.

  6. weldingfish from the zbb says:


  7. medwardl says:

    I can see it now meet a lady while wearing the suit and you switch the sequence to start at the arms and legs and meet at the groin. LOL that would be a sight.

  8. RenderMan says:

    Great, the bar has been raised. This is gonna cost me alot

  9. pff says:

    are you guys serious?
    this is the worst thing i have ever seen.
    there are ways to make yourself look like an absolute retard that cost way less than $640.
    Check out the ugly nixie watch its only $380 for example.
    Oh wait he used an iPad? im sold that makes it awesome. oh no wait its still fully retarded.
    I am astonished anyone would think this is a good thing.

  10. pRoFlT says:

    @pff, your just jealous. You know you want one!

    I’ll take two!

    Are the leds only in the front? I like the idea of leds going to the “groin mode”.

    How about “beeting heart mode”

  11. strider_mt2k says:

    That’s pretty damn neat!

  12. Winston says:

    If this sort of effect could be achieved in a much “less bright” way (and presumably on a black base suit?) – then if you could hook up a camera attached to your ass, this could be a reasonably good first attempt at a camoflage suit.

  13. jcg says:

    haters will keep hating.
    It’s so awesomely camp to have a ledsuit, it could only be better if it was a ’70s disco suit with plateau shoes.

  14. friendofhis says:

    You know,This guy is teamed up with a Daft Punk helmet guy…watch for ‘em at Atl this weekend

  15. discoking says:

    I could really pick up the chics in this thing. Gives me an idea to wrap my entire body in leds like a christmas tree. really cool. It needs shoes thou

  16. Boudico says:

    First off,
    Awesome project! Fully geekified for your pleasure.

    HAD authors/editors, please, for the love of all that is holy and good, SPELL CHECK!

    (quote)When the tipline popped up with this LED suit, part two, by [Marc DeVidts] we were expecing a simple led version of the previously known EL coat.(/quote)

    How about “expecTing”

  17. anon says:

    cool idea, but a pretty gay implementation.

    emperors clothes kind of thing.

  18. fartface says:

    These things are cool but always are way WAY too delicate. I wonder why they did not use conductive thread instead of running stiff wires everywhere. this thing the way it’s built will have dead “pixels” within 5 hours of a Burning Man night party. The other problem is the material chosen will cause heat issues as it’s basically long underwear to be worn under something else. On a summer night at 80 degrees you will be dying in your party clothes.

    2.0 needs to be done with conductive thread, on a mesh bodysuit or coolmax wicking underwear. Couple this with the Daft Punk helmet and you will be the Shiznat on the Fahizzle! Damn that’s stupid-fly!

  19. amanda says:

    i like.

  20. Urza says:

    I’ve always wanted to make something like this, except all the LEDs would be inside the cloth and IR. Nobody else would be able to notice it, but digital cameras would be blinded. Or maybe have a hat and make an IR halo inside it…really freak people out if they take a picture of you ;)

  21. I’ve wanted to do this forever. It needs a tetris app. Also, this is awesome! :-)

  22. japkin says:

    Awesome job, Marc! I wish I could come see it in action at D*C.

  23. MrX says:

    Yeeah! even VIM has spell checker!

  24. Nothing compares to the LED suit Bunny from Rabbit in The Moon has:

  25. lolbutts says:

    I would love to go raving in that. Un-fucking-believable.

  26. nullset says:

    I’m pretty sure I saw this or something very similar in person at dragoncon….very awesome!

  27. Marc says:

    Thanks! I made the suit, and that was me at Dragon*Con. Check out my video of the suit in action:

  28. xeracy says:

    as _Phate_ would have it, He did have the daftpunk helmet on in the video above! Pic at 1:06! Also, i looks like the daft punk helmet guy was there two.

  29. Mark Gray says:

    I just saw this guy at Dragon*Con. The video gives you an idea, but it is hard to describe how amazing this suit looks when you see it in real life in a dark area.

  30. This is amazing – Are you selling the plans to build this suit?

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