3D Printing

Whimsical LED hat turns heads with its flashy display

Whimsical LED hat turns heads ...
Gravity of Light is a 3D-printed hat with embedded LEDs that respond to the tilt of your head
Gravity of Light is a 3D-printed hat with embedded LEDs that respond to the tilt of your head
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A model dashes through the night wearing Gravity of Light, a 3D-printed hat with embedded electronics created by Younghui Kim and Yejin Cho
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A model dashes through the night wearing Gravity of Light, a 3D-printed hat with embedded electronics created by Younghui Kim and Yejin Cho
Gravity of Light's embedded LEDs react to the tilt of your head, creating the illusion of flowing pixels
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Gravity of Light's embedded LEDs react to the tilt of your head, creating the illusion of flowing pixels
Gravity of Light is a 3D-printed hat with embedded LEDs that respond to the tilt of your head
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Gravity of Light is a 3D-printed hat with embedded LEDs that respond to the tilt of your head
Fashion and technology collide with head-turning results in the Gravity of Light hat, created by Younghui Kim and Yejin Cho
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Fashion and technology collide with head-turning results in the Gravity of Light hat, created by Younghui Kim and Yejin Cho

Fashion designers are increasingly experimenting with new possibilities afforded by 3D printers (take a look at some 3D printed shoes) and ubiquitous electronics like LEDs. Now a group from South Korea has created an illuminated hat that combines these technologies with a tilt sensor, that is sure to turn heads.

The so-called Gravity of Light hat is an interactive wearable art project created by Younghi Kim and Yejin Cho, that was fabricated on a 3D printer with embedded electronics. It has a knitted appearance where each "knot" actually contains an individual LED that turns on and off depending on the tilt of your head, giving the impression they are flowing with gravity.

Its creators haven't announced any plans to mass produce the hat, but such a venture seems like a great candidate for crowd-funding. The project received funding from the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Seoul Art Space GEUMCHEON (as part of the 2012 Da Vinci Idea Competition Grant), and is supported by the Hongik University WCU Digital Media Public Art Lab.

As this technology continues to proliferate, the future may look more like TRON than most people might expect.

Source: Absurdee via 3ders

Gravity of Light

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