Re: Yup, stuff like that, less and more technically complex too.
We had a couple carry-ons packed with these coats when we went to Burning Man this year. They where all soft sided and I ended up having a lot of repair work to do on the RV ride there. I understand the need for a case of airline durability.
Each full coat has about 250 circuits in it, each with 16 LEDs. They're a little over 2" square. Ultimately, we can do any configuration dreamable. Our system was designed from day 1 with flexibility in mind.
Each board has a 3 wire connector on it. We use that connector to string a chain of boards together - spacing is important for the pixel pitch. Then we slide the chain into a channel that is sewn on the back side of the fur, this keeps our pixel pitch consistent for the x axis. This also keeps the boards pressed to the back of the fur so we get consistent & maximum light out. We used fur because it just works so well as a diffusion medium. It helps blend all of the coarse, bright pixels together, almost looking projected on certain animations. Currently we're revising the coat scheme a bit, I've found a much better way to secure the board chains to the back of the fabric. More flexible, easier to install, and it will help run a bit cooler.
It's a pretty dynamic system all said and done. If you've got 2" of real-estate, we can make it glow There's a little controller that goes along with the whole bit to control the animations and various settings. Really the trickiest part about it is setting up a strong and comfortable main wire harness for it all. But we're hot on the heels of that one, we've got a technique that should work very well now.
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We do take them out somewhat often around PnL in KC. They're a big hit at the electronic/techno sorts of shows. If you see us, don't hesitate to come check it out!