LED Boot

Light up LED strip attached to a post-surgery boot.

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I have to wear a boot for a few weeks so we attached a LED strip that lights up using the accelerometer on an Adafruit Circuit Playground Classic board.

This is a great beginner friendly project and lots of fun! Having to wear a boot post-surgery was a bummer but fortunately we had just been gifted a bunch of scrap LED strips from a friend and so DasBoot was born!

I am much more comfortable with the hardware side of things so it was really nice that all the code we used was available in Adafruit libraries and we just had to pick out what we wanted to use.

Using the accelerometer and the accelTap example makes it light up whenever I take a step. As I healed I would change how many times the color pattern would repeat to match my pace so it would light up with every step. 

I think this is a great project for anyone and it was a blast getting to walk around with a flashy boot.

  • Code

    Robyn W06/25/2021 at 21:07 0 comments

    So the idea was to have the LEDs light up whenever I took a step. 

    We took 3 different examples and Frankensteined them together to make the code that is available on GitHub.

    The examples we used are:

    Adafruit Neopixel > strandtest

    Adafruit Circuit Playground > external_neopixels

    Adafruit Circuit Playground > accelTap

    The Circuit Playground board comes with an accelerometer and we used the code from the accelTap example to detect a "tap" or in our case a foot step. We added an interrupt.

    I chose the theaterChaseRainbow in the strandtest example as the color pattern I wanted whenever the LED strip lights up.

    The external_neopixels example is to set the colors for the onboard LEDs.

    To change the timing so it matches my gait I just changed the amount of times the pattern repeats itself. I set it to 10 times and later changed it to 6 times.

    There is a GitHub link to the final code!

  • Finished!

    Robyn W06/24/2021 at 19:26 0 comments

    After letting the silicone sit overnight I re-attached the strip to my boot and feels secure!

  • Attaching strip to boot

    Robyn W06/23/2021 at 21:06 0 comments

    There was space between the end of the boot and my heel and it was the perfect holding spot for the board.

    I used double sided tape and foam tape to attach the LED strip...It stuck to the boot fine but kept falling off the silicone casing. So I glued the double sided foam to the casing using silicone caulk and then attached it to the boot

  • Silicone casing and Soldering LED strips together

    Robyn W06/23/2021 at 21:00 0 comments

    I measured the casing to the length of the LED strips leaving extra room on either side so the solder joints will be protected.

    Once the casing is cut to size and the LED strips are slip through I soldered the ends together making sure the arrows direction on the strips were both pointing in the same direction and the wires were in the correct order. I also soldered the wires at different lengths to be able to have the correct angle.

  • Connector and Wires

    Robyn W06/23/2021 at 20:54 0 comments

    I soldered 3 wires matching the wires coming from the male connector onto the LED strip

    *note which way the arrow is pointing on the LED strip

    Then I slip on heat shrink tubing before soldering the other ends of the wires to the pins on the connector.

  • Attaching Battery and Power converter

    Robyn W06/23/2021 at 20:47 0 comments

    I used double sided tape to stick the battery and the power converter to the back of the board.

    Black wire: GND power converter to GND pin, GND pin to connector

    Yellow wire: VOUT to connector

    White wire: 6 pin to connector

    Red wire: VIN to VBATT

    I crimped connector pins onto the ends of each wire then attached the connector.

    We needed to add a power converter because the battery supply is 3.7V and the Circuit Playground down converts that to 3.3V so we needed to boost the battery voltage to 5V to power the LED strip.

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