LED umbrella wins wearable electronics prize
The winning projects were an LED umbrella and a camera that can help children learn colours.
Leslie Birch of Philadelphia developed an umbrella equipped with LED neopixel strips that change colour.
It has three modes: colour match, which uses a colour sensor to match colours; a rainbow display; and a simulated rainfall.
Linda Kaspers from the Netherlands created ColorCam to help teach children colours. It also helps children learn the colours of various objects.
When the user takes a picture of any one of Linda’s felt pictures, which depict a red strawberry or a yellow sun, for example, they are given three colour choices on the back of the camera. One of the choices is the matching colour, and a series of green lights appear if the correct colour is selected.
“While Linda and Leslie were selected as the winners, we believe every participant exhibited creativity, technical savvy and commitment throughout this Challenge, and we’d like to congratulate everyone on what they accomplished,” commented Farnell’s global head of community Dianne Kibbey.
The two winners will receive a handmade wearable electronics project by Adafruit.