Make it blue: A controllable, color-changing dynamic costume

Mary Ellen Berglund, Esther Foo, Md Tahmidul Islam Molla, Smitha Muthya Sudheendra, Crystal Compton, Lucy E. Dunne

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This work translates an inspiration derived from the Disney classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to realize a smart child’s costume with color-changing capabilities. The dress uses addressable multi-color NeoPixel LEDs to change its surface color based on input from two wand controllers, consistent with the animated sequence in which Princess Aurora’s fairy godmothers argue over the best color for her gown. The garment’s construction emphasizes diffusion of emitted light to achieve a more uniform color distribution, and explores benefits and drawbacks of two manufacturing methods for embedding LED pixels: a manual method based on hand-soldered wire connections consistent with typical electronic craft, and a more scalable surface-mount manufacturing method based on stitched traces and reflow soldering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISWC 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359672
StatePublished - Oct 8 2018
Event22nd International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2018 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Oct 8 2018Oct 12 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC
ISSN (Print)1550-4816


Conference22nd International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2018

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  • Color-changing garments
  • E-textile manufacturing
  • Neo pixels


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