After working all week on the Tron bag tutorial and video, I’m dressed to impress tonight with some EL wire on my knee brace. Some dude yelled at me for being in the front of the bus the other day, but it was because he couldn’t see my giant post-surgery knee brace under my long coat. That’s not a problem anymore! I glued the EL wire in place and clipped the inverter to one of the straps. Full size pic on Flickr.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • John Park

    You are so awesome, Becky. I love the Tron knee brace!

  • pff

    getting pretty sick of people sticking el wire to stuff and then describing it as either “tron” or “hack”
    I doubt anyone in the move has either a leg brace or satchel.

    • Breanna

      Rather than get upset, try mentally adding “-inspired” after any instance of the word “Tron.” That way you’ll be able to more easily appreciate their work without getting stuck on the semantics. I think these projects are really cool. They definitely have me wishing I had the time/know-how to do them.

  • Chrome6

    Nice decoration of a knee brace- I pinstriped my crutches many years ago, they were a daily companion for months.
    Get well soon.

  • Papa Bear

    This may be an odd question, but which knee brace is this please?

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