Fashion an LED Pocket Square For Dapper Dad

Fashion an LED Pocket Square For Dapper Dad

Joelle Alcaidinho
Apr 27, 2011

We know Father's Day is still a few months away, but for those of us with geeky dads, we can never start looking for ideas early enough. The thing we love about this LED pocket square is that it works via a proximity sensor, which means we can set dad's pocket square to light up when the family is near!

Instructables user Quasiben wanted to do something special attire wise with his friends to mark the occasion of a mutual friend's wedding. They decided on pocket squares that could visualize the number of people within a certain proximity, via a little programming and LED fun. We think this is a nifty idea and would make a creative Father's Day gift.

To make each LED pocket square you will need: a pocket square (sturdy material works well to help retain the shape), 4 LED lights (the images are from using white LilyPad LEDs), a LilyPad Simple Board, a LiPo battery, an XBee (Series 1), and an XBee Breakout board (he designed his own XBee Breakout for the LilyPad).

With 5 kids in my family, if I follow the instructions in this guide and all of us kids are near Pop, it will always be "party time." Come to think of it, this might just make family gatherings a little bit more fun and a whole lot more geeky.

Check out the post on Instructables, for the DIY instructions.

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(Image: Instructables User Quasiben licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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