Do you like nice things, like fashion and fancy shoes? How about microcontrollers and pretty blinking lights? If so, these LED-lit high heels from Redditor ThunkTronix are going to be right up your alley.
As you can see, these are extra high high heels. When they’re switched on, the heels rotate through a sequence of dancing LED animations that dazzle the eye, much like a vintage pair of Nike Air Max Lights. Unlike those classic kicks, however, these babies have a lot of LEDs—322 to be exact.
Packed inside the heel of each shoe is an 8MHz Arduino Pro Mini 3.3V, a 900mAh LiPo battery, and a USB charger. That’s in addition to the 161 LEDs per shoe. When each shoe’s switch is turned on, the Arduino is connected to the battery and the animations automatically start. When it’s turned off, the battery is connected to the USB charging port.
ThunkTronix did have some issues getting the animations of the two shoes to sync up. It turns out that the Arduinos don’t run at exactly the same speed. But, a little bit of experimentation with delays resulted in them reliably appearing to be synced.