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Added Jun 1, 2010

by gedwoods

Quebec, Canada






Here is my e-Vest, finally, as pre-announced over a year ago …. I re-used the vest this year for another application (the one shown), but I provide instructions on making both the earlier project and the current one in my Technique “Making an e-Vest (electronic vest)”. I will be reusing the vest for a while to support other e-garment applications. The vest itself is fairly basic (well, so are the electronics!), but putting the two together is still (a little bit) avant-garde, although it is happening more and more these days!

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Black cotton with a felt-like surface, black bemberg lining, black thread, conducting thread, wiring, batteries, fiber optic cable, an LED sequential strip, a controller for the LED strip, inverters for the fiber optics cables, metal snap fasteners, electrician’s tape, banana plugs, a cloth switch. Ideally a soldering iron should also be used. Note that you need to have some basic knowledge of electricity to do this project.



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    Jun 2, 2010, 10.22 PMby minnietheminks

    Thats is awesome. I have constructed a lightdress for a performer using this technology in conjunction with a friend. The performer love it that much that we are now developing another one that is reactive to her music. I have more on my blog http://bubbledust.blogspot.com/search/label/wearable%20technology. Great to see a How Too for this, well done!

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      Jun 3, 2010, 03.44 PMby gedwoods

      Your project is really cool too, minnie, and much more sophisticated than mine! Nice to see it being used, too! I can see you’re using the LilyPad controller – I’ve several of those and have been playing with them for other projects, but have yet to produce something I could actually showcase. This e-Vest is much less sophisticated in technology, but it still leads to interesting and aesthetically pleasing results for fashion statements.

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    Jun 2, 2010, 12.02 PMby badkitty-1

    Wow, this is truly amazing. I love the LEDs K xx

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    Jun 2, 2010, 03.48 AMby judeb

    what a cool idea, thanks for the how to.

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    Jun 2, 2010, 01.14 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Wow this is amazing, well done. I am really interested is trying some projects like this. I saw a cycling jacket on intructables what had indicator arrows built into the back, I really want to try it and I think with my sewing knowledge and my partners electronics knowledge we could work it out, it’s just that difficult to find “time” factor and getting hold of components in ye olde perth but that’s what the internet is for :) I’ll be taking a good look at your how-to thanks!

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