Project Title: LED Umbrella With Arduino

Project Creator: Matthew Poage

Project Description: The LED umbrella is a customizable, blinking LED art experience. In my opinion it must be classified as art because it obviously cannot serve the purpose of a regular umbrella, as is would break (and possibly hurt you) the minute you took it out into the rain.

Materials needed:

  • 1 x Microcontroller — Arduino Diecimilia
  • 1 x Umbrella
  • 1 x MIC2981
  • 1 x Protoshield for Arduino with tiny breadboard
  • 80 x LED
  • 8 x resistors

Skills needed: Soldering, patience.

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Making the LED Matrix

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This piece caught my eye because unlike a lot of Arduino projects it doesn’t even pretend to have a pragmatic purpose, and is pretty clearly art. I am generally interested in wearables and costumes that incorporate electronics. This piece reminded me of costumes from Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour, designed by

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Taylor Swift’s lightup tour outfit, designed by electronic engineers Dave Sheinkopf, James DeVito, and Dylan Fashbaugh, and costume designer Asher Levine, 2014.

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