We made cool af light-up shoes, just for the kicks!
This was a ProjX project done with Aditi Srinivasan during freshman spring (2017) at MIT. The shoes contain a resistive material in the sole that restricts current flow when pressure is applied. We used an Adafruit Flora to look for rapid changes in current (aka a step) in order to trigger a lighting event. Neopixels were superglued to the soles of the shoes.
FLORA – Wearable electronic platform: Arduino-compatible – v3: FLORA is Adafruit’s fully-featured wearable electronics platform. It’s a round, sewable, Arduino-compatible microcontroller designed to empower amazing wearables projects.FLORA comes with Adafruit’s support, tutorials and projects. Check out dozens of FLORA tutorials on the Adafruit Learning System, with more added all the time! Read more.
Pressure-Sensitive Conductive Sheet (Velostat/Linqstat): This conductive material (also known as “Velostat” or “Linqstat”) is a nice addition for your wearable/sensor hacking toolkit. It’s pressure-sensitive: squeezing it will reduce the resistance, so it’s handy for making flexible sensors. And it’s a lot less expensive than off-the-shelf pressure or bend sensors too! Each order comes with a 11″x11″ (28cm x 28cm) 4mil (0.1mm) thick piece. We may fold the sheet into quarters to ship it to you. To remove any hard creases, simply lay flat on a table and put a heavy book on top to flatten it out. Read more.
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