Maker Faire in Waterloo, Ontario is at city hall tomorrow, drop by and say hi if you’re in town! (Table 38, under the name “Cairo Coat”).
Cairo Coat Build - Boards: Custom Made, Coat: Custom Made, Animations: Custom Made, Wiring/Soldering: Done By Hand. Over 8 months in design, building, testing, and debugging. Let me know if the photo of me belongs to you and I’ll happily give credit.
Ok, first of all, words cannot describe how amazing your work is. Secondly, have you thought about a way to make the panels on your overcoat turn black instead of blank white? I imagine such technology might exist (in digital tattoos, digital watches, etc.) but it's probably expensive. Did you consider this, or is it beyond what can feasibly be done?
Thank you, first off.
And to answer your question: I did give it some thought. I actually gave it a lot of thought. But when it comes to diffusion of L.E.D.s through a darker medium, you lose a lot of the lux if not done properly. These white diffusion panels were what I could fathom in the 3 days I had to finish this project so they sort of stayed. I might do a little bit of redesign now that I have more time, but I would’ve liked it to be as close to the ‘real thing’ as possible.
I’ll give an update very soon with regards to build process and solutions to problems I had along the way.
so.. um this is wierd , but what ate you studying? ~did you learn all the technical shiznit on your own , or do you go to some school~?
I am currently studying Electrical engineering at the University of Waterloo.
However, most of my tech knowledge spawns from a deep seeded interest in electronics and creating things. School has helped with the understanding on physical and theoretical properties of devices, but I learn most things when I do my projects.
lol, that ‘kid’ was me. Pictures weren’t the easiest thing for this display :/
I made it into my Universities local Engineering newspaper :) Typical Opener: “So, essentially, it’s a DJ Sword…”
Ok, so there's a lot of things I want to start to learn by the time I get to college (I'm a freshman at an all-girls catholic high school, ), among them being coding, martial arts, writing, better archery, pro gaming, dungeons and dragons, etc. you get the idea, I wanna be the very best. Where should I start to make epic cosplays like yours?
Sorry it took me so long to respond to this anon. As you might of guessed school is really involved for me right now.
Anyway, to answer your questions now.
I believe that passion plays a big role in everything I do. I wouldn’t be designing and making these things if I didn’t have an interest in the first place.
I also believe that the internet is a great source for content. One simply cannot become ‘the best’ at everything with minimal effort and commitment. I treat my hobbies as my job away from my job keeping tight deadlines, active debugging/problem solving, researching various topics and methods, and, of course, constructing.
And I think the most important factor in this is time. You have to really put a lot of time into this. This may or may not conflict with your other goals.
But hey, if you think you can do it, just go for it. Don’t let anyone talk you out of it.
But, most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice. A lot of people will help you out; you just need to ask.
I hope this helped and wish you all the best of luck with your life goals, but remember not to be too hard on yourself.