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How to Make a Dancer the Spotlight #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #tech #dance #Arduino #art


Marc Gesmundo, a student at Victoria University of Wellington School of Design decided to create a project that would add excitement for dancers. It’s an Arduino circuit worn between a layer of stockings connected to a NeoPixel strip. The surprise comes from a pressure sensor at the bottom of the foot, which allows a readout in LEDs depending on the force. Here’s Marc’s description of Step Up.

It helps to convey messages just like the different kinds of dance routine convey messages through movement and visual effects added with video editing or external source of light effects. It reduces the effort of using other external tools while maintaining a good amount of visual effect. Step Up can help create or expand more dance routines for dancers based on this idea.

Although this is a beautiful light effect, I could also see this becoming purposeful. In ballet a lot of time is spent working on pointing toes when doing various positions. It’s easy to forget when you are new to dance and still concentrating on the arch of the back or just the position of the legs and arms. So, I could see the device becoming a fun instrument in checking for point or alignment. LEDs can be useful to display visual information or they can be unique ornamentation. Do you have a project that needs some shine? Check out our Überguide for all things NeoPixel. You’ll learn about the variety of forms as well as the code tricks that make them so popular. Show us what you make and make sure you get us a video of the performance.


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