The Wearables Revolution is DIY LED and 3D Printed (VIDEO)

Everyone’s getting all riled up about Google Glass and smartwatches. Marcus Olsson of slickstreamer has 3D printed a DIY wearable that changes colour as you move and, while it serves no Kurzweilian purpose, its glowing lights trump anything that major manufacturers have come up with for the wearable revolution.

Marcus was inspired to make his glowing bracelet when he first printed out the Diagrid Bracelet from 3D printing artists Nervous System. Stuck in an LED phase — having built an led-jar and a music visualiser — Marcus wanted to incorporate his favorite little lights into his bracelet. The original idea was just to have a wristband that shifted colours in any number of patterns, but with a few redesigns, of both the bracelet itself and the hardware and software beneath its surface, Marcus eventually created something that shifted colours along with the wearer’s movement.

The bracelet consists of the band itself, printed in white resin on the hacker’s Form1 printer. Running the lighting program is a Trinket – 3.3V Logic microcontroller from adafruit. In his first version of the bracelet, Marcus used a strip of 60 LEDs, but upgraded to a 144 LED/M NeoPixel strip, presumably because more lights are more kickass. … (Read more)