“Cyber falls” are a hair fashion accessory you might see in some rave and Burning Man circles. Also great for Halloween! This project steps it up with LED animation using NeoPixel strips.

HEADS UP: Before You Proceed…

Despite its playful appearance, this is a somewhat challenging project. It requires competent soldering and quite a variety of tools, most with the potential for injury. Read through first and decide if it’s really for you. We have plenty of other wearable projects that are less daunting! Young makers should read through with a parent to help decide.

This guide was written for the Trinket Mini board, but can also be done with the Trinket M0. We recommend the Trinket M0 as it is easier to use and is more compatible with modern computers!

Tools used:

  • Soldering iron and associated paraphernalia
  • Heat gun (a hair dryer will not work, nor will a lighter)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Sewing machine and accoutrements
  • Scissors, needlenose pliers, wire cutters
  • Foam wig head

Materials used:

Not all of these parts are available from Adafruit…some detective work will be required. Read through the whole guide before committing to anything…maybe you’ll come up with substitutions for a different design or different assembly techniques. This is not a complete step-by-step how-to so much as an idea showcase.

Can I use a Gemma instead of Trinket?
Yes, but…

Gemma has only three output pins for controlling NeoPixels. Our example code uses all five output pins on the Trinket, so you would need to adapt the number of LED dreads and how many connect to each pin.

This guide was first published on Oct 30, 2013. It was last updated on Jul 16, 2024.

This page (Overview) was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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