“Here comes the bride. All dressed in — LIGHTS?!”
That’s right! This wedding dress, you could say, is from the future. That’s what it’s called anyway.
The Wedding Dress of the Future is as beautiful as it is bright, which utilizes a Lilypad Arduino SimpleSnap controller and protoboard (a small sewable computer) to control the fiber-optic flower centers. The flowers are lit by Neopixels, a product by Adafruit, which are LED lights that come in sewable form.
The dress itself is illuminated by one watt LEDs with a heatsink that helps distribute the heat generated. They’re powered by a LED driver circuit and a 24-volt power supply. The bodice of the dress — that is, the part above the waist excluding the sleeves — is covered with fiber optic fabric produced by SensingTex of Spain and imported/distributed by Gadgetcat, a local company.
The one-watt LED can illuminate the fabric so well that it can be seen in daylight. The center flower located on the bodice is controlled by an Adafruit Gemma, another wearable and sewable microcontroller.
See it yourself at Maker Faire Orlando on Sept. 13 and 14 at Orlando Science Center!