Motion Controlled Wearable LED Dance Harness

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Continuing on from the last time, we are going to add an accelerometer to detect basic movements and control a 12V non-addressable LED strip for Mark III! Make your LEDs breathe by fading in and out when laying on the floor. Turn off the LEDs when moving to your side. Or make the LEDs blink in a headstand!

Motion Controlled Wearable LED Dance Harness in Action

Mark III: Motion Controlled Wearable LED Dance Harness in Action

Required Materials

To follow along with this tutorial, you will need the following materials listed below to build one motion controller. This is assuming that you have already soldered wires to LED strips and a harness from the first tutorial. You may not need everything, depending on what you have. Add it to your cart, read through the guides, and adjust the cart as necessary.


You will need a soldering iron, solder, general soldering accessories, and tools to work with wire.

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool


Weller WE1010 Soldering Station

Diagonal Cutters

Diagonal Cutters

Wire Strippers - 30AWG (Hakko)

Wire Strippers - 30AWG (Hakko)


You will also need:

  • Scissors
  • Electrical Tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • String

Suggested Reading

If you do not have a harness or LED strips prepared, make sure you start with this tutorial before continuing. This tutorial builds on the project that was used in the previous tutorial.

Prototype Wearable LED Dance Harness

February 8, 2018

A project tutorial to add an extra effect for dancers performing a choreographed piece. The harness can be added quickly under a costume.

If you aren’t familiar with the following concepts, we also recommend checking out these tutorials before continuing.

How to Power a Project

A tutorial to help figure out the power requirements of your project.

Accelerometer Basics

A quick introduction to accelerometers, how they work, and why they're used.

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A crash course in bi-polar junction transistors. Learn how transistors work and in which circuits we use them.

Planning a Wearable Electronics Project

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