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SK8 LITES – A Neopixel Clad Longboard for Night Skating #WearableWednesday

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Check out this wonderful project from Josh Hulbert up on Hackster.io. We love how Josh used our Neopixel strip to create a project that’s not only functional but also looks great. The above picture doesn’t do it justice – we recommend going over to the project page to see more.

I added reactive lights to my longboard. A longboard is a skateboard for slow old dudes like me. I was watching the kids skate down the street and disappear into the darkness one night, and it occurred to me that I should stick some lights on them. The skateboards, not the kids. Kids aren’t conductive enough for the candlepower I wanted to throw at the effort. I’ll take you through the What and How of the project, hopefully you can extend it and make something cool of your own.

The write-up is super thorough! See it in full here.


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