DIY Video Jacket Shows LED Videos
CREDIT: David Forbes
Your clothing says a lot about you. A bespoke silk suit says the wearer is a man of wealth and taste. A vintage dress tells onlookers that a lady has a good eye and a devotion to fashion . And a LED-laced lab coat that functions as a huge screen lets everyone know that you really, really need a girlfriend.
Designed by Maker extraordinaire David Forbes, the coat is a giant television with a 160x120 resolution. Circuit boards in the epaulette-like shoulder pads drive the image, and the LEDs are attached to flexible boards that fit between two layers of lab coat. The TV jacket takes USB, NTSC video input and RCA as potential video ins. The USB jack allows the wearer to play video of an iPod or other mobile device.
The entire project took six months, and cost Forbes $20,000. He claims to have designed the coat for Burning Man, the annual music and art festival known for its chemical creativity and lack of clothing. In the video above, you can see Forbes showing off his jacket by playing the best possible test video: An episode of the Simpsons.