By weaving fiber optic strands as if they were yarn, this team of DIYers created a fiber optic “fabric” of sorts which features a few dozen RGB LEDs and reacts to the outside world via Twitter. Currently, they’re raising funds to launch a company to produce the textiles, but we’re posting it here so you can be inspired to build your own.
After the strands are weaved together, groups of the strands are grouped together and aimed down the head of an LED. Each LED is controlled via software which also connects to the web. The electronics behind it are fairly simple and can be easily replicated using an Arduino.