Insta-Hue Party Heels
I’m one of those people who is always late to a party because I can’t decide what to wear. I’m also someone who creates elaborate last-minute projects for those parties. This project was designed and created in less than week for me to wear out to the SparkFun Electronics holiday party. LEDs on the heels are wirelessly controlled by a matching bracelet connected to Adafruit’s free Bluefruit LE Connect app, allowing for quick color changes for any occasion. The magical effect of instantly controlling color through a smartphone is a great way to interact with other partygoers — let them try changing your look!
It’s easy to replicate with a little time, patience, and the perfect pair of pumps. Check the full project out in issue 63 of Make Magazine available May 2018.
Creating the Heels
Here are some photos and videos of my build process.
Taking a break from coding to start planning out construction of this bluetooth bracelet. Gold piece is the top layer, then Neopixel ring and Bluefruit module, switch next with laser cut holes for wires and USB connector, then baseplate with a Pro Micro. Wiring it up to fit is going to be a fun puzzle. #sparkfun #adafruit #wearabletech #wearables #prototyping #arduino #fashiontech
Phase 2: bluetooth controlled circuit on first breadboard (my eventual bracelet) which then broadcasts through RFM69 transceivers to the heels. This lets me use Adafruit's Bluefruit app to control multiple parts of my outfit. #adafruit #diy #bluetooth #fashiontech #wearabletech #wearables #partyoutfit #leds #electronics #arduino
Phone paired to my bracelet via bluetooth to select colors in the @adafruit Bluefruit app. The bracelet then broadcasts to my shoes via RFM69 radio modules. So much fun! Next step is creating some animations selected via the bracelet that use the color data. Wearing these out to the @sparkfun holiday party tomorrow night! #fashiontech #prototyping #partyoutfit #neopixels #wearabletech #wearables #arduino #adafruit #sparkfun