Flora is a wearable tech platform that animates when in use.
Adafruit’s Arduino-compatible wearables platform Flora has been used by Becky Stern to make a motion-activated Sparkle Skirt. The skirt is lit up from within, via 12 color-changing LEDs connected with conductive thread to the Flora main board. An accelerometer senses motion and triggers the LEDs to twinkle any color you like.
There is a full tutorial online for creating clothes that light up when you move. The circuit and code would also work on a hat, a belt buckle, or even a dog collar. It is easy to understand and the sensitivity to motion can be adjusted with just one number.
This sewing Flora project usese twelve color-changing NeoPixels and the Flora accelerometer/compass module. The pixels are sewn into the skirt’s lining and are diffused by the outer layer of fabric.
When you want to clean the skirt, simply remove the battery and gently hand wash, allowing it to air dry completely before plugging the battery back in. You can check out the Sparkle Skirt in the video below: