DIY Light-Up Shoes

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The DIY Light-Up Kicks are high top sneakers embedded with a WS2812 Addressable LED Strip and a Qduino Mini Microcontroller. The LEDs are easily programmable and re-programmable for countless customizations of color, pattern, and animation. In this tutorial we will go through the step-by-step process of building this project.

Light-Up Kicks

Required Materials

To follow along with this guide, you will need the following:

You Will Also Need:

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