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LED Sneakers Brighten up Your Step

Becky Stern at Adafruit has come up with another flashy wearable– this time for your kicks. The Firewalker LED sneakers respond to your footsteps with a cascading rim of lights around the soles.

Pieces of velostat are sewn into the heel of each sneaker and detect the resistive difference upon each footfall. This is wired into a Flora microcontroller that controls the LED array glued to the rim of each shoe, adding a glitzy bling to to your walk.


The entire setup is self-contained, even with an internal battery pack. Adafruit provides a full tutorial in case you want to give it a try yourself.


In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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