Ashraf Coat 2020


This custom Enlighted suit jacket is decorated with a dense grid of about 1000 LED pixels covering the front, back, arms, and collar.  The name 'Ashraf' is also illuminated on the back, with LED backlighting behind sheer embroidered block letters. The entire coat is covered with an organza layer (white on the body, black on the collar) to conceal the wiring while letting light pass through.

Instead of the usual RGB LED pixel type, this coat is made with WWA pixels, which have emitters for cool white, warm white, and amber, instead of red, green, and blue. These pixels are compatible with our custom drivers and software, but they produce white light more efficiently. They also avoid the artifacts than can occur when you create white by mixing all of the colors within an RGB pixel, where you might see traces of other colors when viewed from certain angles.

Our client for this project was Ashraf Habibulah, CEO of Computers and Structures, Inc.  He typically wears these jackets for his grand entrance at the company's annual gala, but the 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic. Instead, he's been using this jacket (and others from his collection) for a variety of lectures and presentations that are available on his YouTube channel.

Later in 2020, we also made him a vest with a similar design and pixel layout.

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The clip below shows some of the animation patterns for this suit jacket, viewed from the front and the back.