Adafruit Debuts FLORA, a Wearable Electronics Platform

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If you’re a DIY electronics geek, Adafruit should be one of your favorite playgrounds. The open source hardware maker’s site offers a plethora of kits, parts, plans, and other electronic miscellany, and it recently announced FLORA, a wearable electronics platform.

FLORA is a tiny board that measures just 1.75 inches in diameter, and it’s based on Adafruit’s own Atmega32u4 Breakout Board and is compatible with Arduino. It comes with “addressable and chain-able 4,000 mcd RGB LED pixels and premium stainless steel thread”; if you’re not sure what that is, have a peek at the image below.


An example of addressable and chain-able 4,000 mcd RGB LED pixels and premium stainless steel thread

According to Adafruit, FLORA modules include Bluetooth, GPS, 3-axis accelerometer, compass module, flex sensor, piezo, IR LED, push button, embroidered + capacitive keypad, and OLED. The platform has built-in USB support in the form of a mini B port (though it may change to microUSB in future iterations), and it includes USB HID support, as well.


Adafruit founder Limor "Ladyada" Fried hard at work

FLORA has a reset button, 4 indicator LEDs, and 14 sewing tap pads for “attachment and electrical connections”. Adafruit will fully support FLORA and provide tutorials and projects for the platform.

Although it’s still in beta and not yet available for sale, you can sign up to receive a notification when the FLORA units are ready on Adafruit’s site.
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Dang that little board has all that o-o it only needs sone wings so it can able it fly too.its crazy what people can do.

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realneil replied on Sun, Jan 22 2012 8:53 PM

It's a hook,...a gimmick. But there are always plenty of people out there that will jump on this kind of bling. It doesn't really HAVE to do anything to sell,........Smile

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OSunday replied on Sun, Jan 22 2012 9:00 PM

I think this actually has alot of potential for augmented clothing, I can't think of any specific purposes but with Bluetooth, GPS, 3-axis accelerometer, compass module, flex sensor, piezo, IR LED, push button, embroidered + capacitive keypad, and OLED there are TONS of possibilities and I'm sure something innovative and practical will come out of this... along with alot of people with gaudy pieces of clothing lit up with LED's too, but hey there are worse things in the world haha

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timaeus replied on Mon, Jan 23 2012 10:52 AM

I can see this sort of thing being popular at Burning Man...

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