Led Clothes Controlled By Emg Muscle Sensor!

About the project

A spontaneous project that brought together technologies from different fields - smart textiles and wearable sensors. I wanted to try to expand the ability to control LEDs - not only switching programmed patterns but also affecting them directly, using only my hands!

Project info

Difficulty: Moderate

Platforms: Arduino

Estimated time: 1 day

License: MIT license (MIT)

Items used in this project

Hardware components

Addressable RGB ws2812 60 led/m black Addressable RGB ws2812 60 led/m black This project took 3 meters x 1
ESP32 ESP32 x 1
uMyo wearable EMG device with wet/dry electrodes uMyo wearable EMG device with wet/dry electrodes https://www.tindie.com/products/ultimaterobotics/umyo-wearable-emg-device-with-wetdry-electrodes/ x 2

Software apps and online services

Arduino IDE Arduino IDE


Since this project is more of a proof-of-concept, I used the regular WS2812 and ESP32 programmable LEDs here to program the patterns. In fact, the most difficult thing was to find suitable clothes... 

Since the LED strip is quite rigid, therefore, a warm hoodie was taken for the experiment. First, I soldered the system of LED elements, sewed it on with ordinary threads. The food is made from a power bank. To record muscle activity, I used uMyo (EMG device). As a result, the control turned out like this - when the fists were clenched, a white LED pulses ran down the sleeves. Looks very cool! We plan to try to integrate more options for the interaction of muscle and LED activity in the future. 

I hope this project will expand your understanding of the possibilities of interaction between different types of technologies.


uMyo light clothing vlib


Photo of Frogolina


I do a bunch of stuff in Ultimate Robotics team


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