Overview

Custom NeoPixel Apparel 

In this project, we’re making a light up hat with bluetooth controlled NeoPixels. We took this on our recent trip to Disney World and just floored the cast members and park goers.

This is a really fun project for folks just getting started with electronics. This guide will show you how to add a NeoPixel strip to a hat and wire up the electronics.

Bluetooth Controlled NeoPixels

The Adafruit Bluefruit nRF52840 has everything you need to add BLE to your projects. You can remotely control NeoPixels using the Bluefruit LE app for iOS or Android. 

BLE Remote Control

In this project, we’ll use the color picker and the control pad to trigger different animations. You can also use an Apple Watch to remotely control the NeoPixels from your wrist. This can be really handy for those times you might not be able to pull out a mobile device. 

Prerequisite Guides

Walk through these guides to get familiar with Circuit Python, Bluefruit and NeoPixels.

Adafruit Feather nRF52840 Express

PRODUCT ID: 4062
The Adafruit Feather nRF52840 Express is the new Feather family member with Bluetooth Low Energy and native USB support featuring the nRF52840!  It's...
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No-Foil Flat Back Rainbow Crystals for NeoPixel LEDs - 100 pack

PRODUCT ID: 4044
Bedazzle your board with these No-Foil Flat Back SS16 Rainbow Crystals. They're a lot like the crystals you see decorating clothes, bags and phones. But unlike...
$2.95
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Lithium Ion Polymer Battery - 3.7v 500mAh

PRODUCT ID: 1578
Lithium ion polymer (also known as 'lipo' or 'lipoly') batteries are thin, light and powerful. The output ranges from 4.2V when completely charged to 3.7V. This battery...
$7.95
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Silicone Cover Stranded-Core Ribbon Cable - 4 Wires 1 Meter Long

PRODUCT ID: 3891
For those who are fans of our silicone-covered wires, but are always looking to up their wiring game. We now have Silicone Cover Ribbon cables! These may look...
$1.95
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Helping Third Hand Magnifier W/Magnifying Glass Tool

PRODUCT ID: 291
The classic 'third hand tool,' as seen on every desk! We have one next to our Panavise jr, they complement each other well. This tool is good...
$6.00
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Stickvise PCB Vise

PRODUCT ID: 3197
Are you still looking for that perfect PCB holder? The low profile PCB Stickvise might be just the thing you need!In performing the simple task...
$32.95
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Flush diagonal cutters

PRODUCT ID: 152
These are the best diagonal cutters, large super-comfortable grip to use and have strong nippers for perfect trimming of wires and leads. I've used my pair every day for years.
$7.25
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Hakko Professional Quality 20-30 AWG Wire Strippers

PRODUCT ID: 527
These are the finest wire strippers we have used, and if you have to do a lot of wiring, you will agree! They have soft rounded grips - very comfortable to use, and precision ground...
$14.95
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JST PH 3-Pin to Male Header Cable - 200mm

PRODUCT ID: 3893
This cable will let you turn a JST PH 3-pin cable port into 3 individual wires with high-quality 0.1" male header plugs on the end. We're carrying these to match up with our...
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JST PH 3-Pin Socket to Color Coded Cable - 200mm

PRODUCT ID: 4046
This cable will let you turn a JST PH 3-pin cable socket into 3 individual tinned wires. These are great to match up with our JST 3-PH cables, for extending and connecting...
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Adafruit Mini Skinny NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Strip - 60 LED/m

PRODUCT ID: 2964
So thin. So mini. So teeeeeeny-tiny. It's the 'skinny' version of our classic NeoPixel strips!These NeoPixel strips have 60 digitally-addressable pixel Mini LEDs per...
$99.80
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Adafruit Mini Skinny NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Strip - 144 LED/m

PRODUCT ID: 2969
So thin. So mini. So teeeeeeny-tiny. It's the 'skinny' version of our classic NeoPixel strips!These NeoPixel strips have 144 digitally-addressable pixel Mini LEDs...
$64.95
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This guide was first published on Aug 13, 2019. It was last updated on Aug 13, 2019. This page (Overview) was last updated on Sep 23, 2019.