[Cyborg] flexible EL in shoes
mrericboyd at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 9 13:06:23 PST 2010
A lot of wearable stuff really doesn't photo well, it's such a shame,
cause it looks so awesome in person. I'm curious to hear how your
diffusion plans work out.
On 11/9/10 12:33 PM, kristinneidlinger wrote:
> hi all,
> I have been futzing with RGB LEDs too.
> Eric, I have the same problem with them. They are best displayed in the
> dark, but then when you take photos it like monsters of rock.
> The light shines from below onto the face and well, it's creepy.
> I am now using cotton bating and fused plastic to diffuse them. I'll
> post this stuff soon...and I'll bring it in to NB to get some feedback.
> On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 9:00 AM, Sean Cusack <sean.p.cusack at gmail.com
> <mailto:sean.p.cusack at gmail.com>> wrote:
> I'll try to come by and say hi next time I'm in Toronto! (I go there
> for work a *lot*...should be there end of this month)
> The wizard staff was sweet BTW. Interesting to hear that the RGB
> LEDs still needed super darkness to work. Although I'm using white
> LEDs to get the best brightness bag for my power input buck, it
> sounds like it may be unlikely to see mine in daylight too (doh).
> I'm hoping at the very least though I'll have a sweet light up tron
> suit that looks respectable when its not pitch black (the EL wire
> version looked pretty shitty in normal lighting - mostly because you
> could see all the wires coming off the suit in areas where your body
> bends too much :) ).
> I have a blog/website in the making that I'm throwing all my maker
> stuff on. It should be done soon, and I'll start posting the how-tos
> on this guy there.
> On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 8:31 AM, Eric Boyd <mrericboyd at yahoo.com
> <mailto:mrericboyd at yahoo.com>> wrote:
> Wow, that sounds so awesome. I'm living in Toronto now but I'd
> love to see blog posts or videos about your work on this. Are
> you trying to have the costume ready for the opening night so
> you can dress up for it?
> My wizard staff had the same kind of problems with strong light
> - the 1 watt white LEDs are strong enough to be seen in bright
> indoor light, but the RGBs just can't be properly seen unless
> it's club-level dark. And that's already using TWO
> "super-bright" RGBs. I'm actually thinking for next time it
> might be better to just use multiple white LEDs and have some
> e.g. tissue-paper filters.
> On 11/9/10 11:17 AM, Sean Cusack wrote:
> FYI Eric - its the 17th in the US too! Anyways, I have/had a
> tron v1
> suit that used EL as the base technology. It was pretty cool
> on a lot of
> levels, but it just wasn't robust. It was difficult to wash
> (I had to do
> it by hand in my bathtub to prevent it from kinking too
> badly), and in
> order to keep the bend radius wide enough around the elbows
> and whatnot,
> the EL wire had to come off the suit quite a ways. Also EL
> just ain't
> that bright. It looks awesome in a dark room, but you just
> can't see it
> in daylight. Also, hiding EL inverters in clothing is an
> trick (I plan on trying to make a soft circuit version of
> one of these
> soon btw to conquer that problem at least).
> Although its totally awesome that this stuff conquers (sort
> of) some of
> the washability problem, its a shame it doesn't fix the
> brightness problem, or the inverter problem. On a sidenote,
> I'm making a
> tron v2 suit (using the new movie designs), but with silicone
> encapsulated LED strips as the underlying tech (they look to
> be quite
> bendy and waterproof).
> I've laser cut faux leather in the required patterns. This
> will get
> attached to an old base layer I have from REI (really thin
> cotton/spandex that wicks moisture like mad). and then am
> going to mount
> the silicone LED strips under the leather, on the backside
> of the base
> layer (facing up towards the leather). The kicker is, I'll
> have the LEDs
> slightly offset underneath the leather bits, so you can't
> see the direct
> light of the LEDs, but you can see the diffuse glow. I've
> tested this
> out (just yesterday), and as long as the shirt is
> nip-hugging tight,
> this works great - the LED strips form to your body, but
> also act as
> "risers", pushing the base shirt up from your skin just a
> tad, thus
> creating a little pocket of air between your skin and the
> shirt where
> you can get a sexy, diffuse, *bright*, glow.
> I've got the laser work done now, so I'll probably be doing
> a fair
> amount of the assembly at noisebridge. If anyone is
> interested in
> observing, lemme know!
> On Nov 9, 2010 6:21 AM, "Eric Boyd"
> <mrericboyd at yahoo.com <mailto:mrericboyd at yahoo.com>
> <mailto:mrericboyd at yahoo.com
> <mailto:mrericboyd at yahoo.com>>> wrote:
> They look damn sharp, I'd love to have a pair. Can't
> seem to find them
> for sale though, must still be in product development.
> Actually I found
> a page which said they should be available when the
> movie is in
> theatres, that's supposed to be Dec 17th (in Canada).
> See also Janet Hansen's shoes:
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