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This manufacturer designed an interactive LED-lit dress inspired by Katniss Everdeen

Inspired by Katniss Everdeen’s Burning Dress from the Hunger Games series, Cindy Li set out to create your own version which uses LEDs attached to the fabric to both simulate fire when motion is detected and otherwise light up when a certain button is pressed.

This luminous dress was articulated around two development boards: an Adafruit Bluefruit Playground Circuit which manages the lights and a Arduino Nano RP2040 connection, which connects to a sensor, buttons, and speaker for additional functionality. Li started building this project by stitching the Circuit Playground onto the fabric, then running an individually addressable LED strip in an arc shape, with a common thread connecting it all together. Then the Nano RP2040 Connect was wired to the speaker, buttons and APDS-9960 sensor and placed in a custom cut acrylic case. Finally, another string of LEDs has been wrapped around the bottom of the dress to act as the “fire” component.

Once the hardware is finished being sewn onto the dress, licjn proceeded to the programming stage. Her dress has three modes: color matching which uses the APDS-9960 to detect color and recreate it on LEDs, an “alarm system” that turns lights red when near something, and the fiery transformation that detects when the user turns. and displays an orange glow below. As a bonus, a simple tag game has been implemented which can be played with flashlights and gives the wearer a certain number of “lives” before losing.

To know more about this interactive portable project, you can read about it here on Instructables or watch Li’s demo below!

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