Overview

Wearable electronics clothing and accessories continue to remain very popular with designers and fashion lovers alike. Adafruit has featured a great number of wearable projects. Many of them have required sewing skills, electronic skills or both.

Bright Wearables is a recent company that has designed a board which interfaces with a BBC micro:bit or Adafruit CLUE board. The Bright Board may be incorporated into one's own designs or paired with a number of backpack and handbag styles specifically designed to highlight the multicolored, programmable LEDs and the board's display.

This project pairs a Bright Wearables crossbody bag and Bright Board with the Adafruit CLLE to provide a colorful, changeable picture display surrounded by lights. It would look great shopping, socializing or for nightlife.

Adafruit Parts

Adafruit CLUE - nRF52840 Express with Bluetooth LE

PRODUCT ID: 4500
Do you feel like you just don't have a CLUE? Well, we can help with that - get a CLUE here at Adafruit by picking up this sensor-packed development board. We wanted to build some...
$39.95
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USB cable - USB A to Micro-B

PRODUCT ID: 592
This here is your standard A to micro-B USB cable, for USB 1.1 or 2.0. Perfect for connecting a PC to your Metro, Feather, Raspberry Pi or other dev-board or...
$2.95
IN STOCK

Alkaline AA batteries (LR6) - 3 pack

PRODUCT ID: 3521
Battery power for your portable project! These batteries are good quality at a good price, and work fantastic with any of the kits or projects in the shop that use AAs. This is a pack...
$2.25
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Bags

1 x Bright Wearables Bright Board
Main LED board with power
1 x Bright Wearables Grace Bag
Comes in three colors, Bright Board not included
1 x Bright Wearables Grace Bundle
The Grace purse and the Bright Board (no micro:bit included)

This project uses the Bright Board by BrightWearables.com. The board works with both the BBC micro:bit and Adafruit CLUE. It contains 12 nice RGB DotStar LEDs in a circle, an on/off switch and a battery pack.

You can place the Bright Board into your own purse or wearable with the knowledge that all the electronics are safe from jostling (no finicky metallic thread like in some projects).

Bright Wearables sells purses and backpacks specifically made to have the Bright Board snap in. This project uses the Grace crossbody phone bag (which comes in three colors). All the bags allow the LEDs and the micro:bit/CLUE display to show through the bag.

The bags and the Bright Board may be purchased as a bundle. For this project, selecting a bundle with the bag of your choice + the Bright Board without the micro:bit board may be what you want.

This guide was first published on Mar 11, 2020. It was last updated on Mar 11, 2020.
This page (Overview) was last updated on May 15, 2020.