I’m planning to use a vibration sensor or an accelerometer as my input, and have light patterns as the output. The electronics portion will be hid in the sleeves. With the vibration sensor, the wand will light up when i wave the wand, which is similar to the spell “lumos” in the movies.
I will try to use chopstick as the core, and use blue foam, hot glue to add patterns and more details on the wand.
For my Halloween costume I will be Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna (Princess Anastasia) of Russia. I am working between two concepts, a LED tiara and an LED scepter. The scepter will most likely be powered by a motion sensor to be activated when I wave it. The crown and scepter will be complimented with a ball gown and ball gloves, to represent the duchess in all her regal glory.
Both the crown and scepter are already made and in my possession, so I will have to wire either one of them with a simple circuit with a motion sensor attached using the Arduino Gemma and an external battery.
This costume is going to be a huge rainbow that I’ll be carrying with my shoulders through a backpack. I have two options on lighting this with LED’s. The first option is to put LED strips in between each noodle tube, and the second option is to cut out a ridge of each noodle and put the strip inside (LEDS will be slightly showing and I can cover this with a colorful translucent material). The battery will be inside the backpack and my goal is to make all of the LED light up for at least two or three hours. The LEDS will be rainbow and random pattern, so all of it lights up different every time.
These three ideas are based on the same costume with three different lights set up. They all include a fox face mask and one or two outer jackets.
For the first one, Neo Pixel strip lights will be on the outer jacket on the collar area and the small RGB Neo Pixel will be distributed all over the front of the jackets. There will be an second layer on top to diffuse the lights.
For the second one, the mask lights only. There will be Neo Pixel distributed evenly at the top front of the mask. In that case, only one layer of jacket is needed.
For the third one, there will be two Neo Pixel strip on the collar and two on the sleeves.
For the materials of the costume, I am thinking using the paper mache for the mask and some soft and semi transparent for the jackets.
In Chinese history, people perceive Fox spirits as beautiful but sneaky. They have a bad reputation. For my halloween costume, I would like be a cool fox spirits and hopefully change the perception of fox spirit among Chinese people, or at least among our classes. At the same time, there are different fox spirits in different Asian countries too. Therefore, for the design of the jackets and masks, I would use patterns or color palette in different countries as references. Therefore, I would say this costume is more like oriental style costume.