Tips & Tricks: Shoes

Hold your circuit together and place it anywhere

February 24, 2014

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Today, we are happy to announce another new addition to the littleBits accessory family: shoes! Mount your modules anywhere and everywhere when you add shoes to your circuit equation! In this post, you will discover new and clever ways to incorporate shoes into your next littleBits creation.

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WHAT ARE SHOES?

Secure your circuit with our shoes! Simply snap together your littleBits circuits, press the feet of your modules into the holes of the shoes, and then place it on your chosen surface. Shoes come 12 to a pack, with 15 shoes in the Variety Pack. VARIETY PACKS come with 5 Adhesive Shoes, 5 Magnet Shoes, and 5 Hook & Loop Shoes – everything you need for experimentation and building. Below we go into more detail about what you can do with each type of shoe. With so many great applications, you will want to make sure to try all three!

 

— A note about the battery

The battery tends to be a bit heavy and does not have little feet that fit into the holes of shoes (like the modules do). We suggest using glue dots or a strong double-sided tape to stick the battery down to the surface you are working with. Depending on the surface, there are a number of ways to secure the battery – try Velcro, rubber bands, or zipties. If you happen to have a 3D-printer, you can print out our file for a battery holder that has little feet just like the modules do.

 

MAGNET SHOES

Magnet shoes allow you to adhere your circuit to any magnetic surface. Try your refrigerator, your locker, or even your bicycle!

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Magnet Shoes in Action

Next time you find yourself dreaming up a littleBits project that involves a magnetic surface, grab some magnet shoes and get to it. Check out these awesome projects that use magnet shoes:

Make a mailbox indicator light. This circuit sits directly on your metal mailbox (due to magnet shoes) and signifies when mail is placed inside. When letters are placed on top of the roller switch, the long LED on the exterior of the box shines bright. Out with the flag and in with the long LED!

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Cook the perfect nacho surprise with this simple kitchen timer. We chose the word “nachos” from our magnetic poetry set, but you can use this timer for anything in the kitchen that takes up to five minutes (max time on the timeout module) like steeping tea. Make the circuit: coin battery (or power) + button + timeout + servo + buzzer. Add some magnet shoes and slap the circuit on your refrigerator. Add paper graphics, some fun magnetic poetry, and voila!

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Reconfigure your modules on a metal surface while keeping your circuit intact. The littleBits Piccolo CNC Bot has two metal plates for placing modules with magnet shoes on. This makes it easy to secure the modules in place but also to move them around or switch them out.

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HOOK & LOOP SHOES

Hook & loop Shoes come with an adhesive-backed Hook & Loop strip. The strip can be cut to any size you desire and affixed to clothing or fabric to enhance your wearable project. Try some of the following techniques:

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Peel off the backing and stick the included adhesive strip to any surface you wish to place your circuit on. Stick it to fabric, wood, plastic, or furniture (like we did). You will find that the adhesive is quite strong so choose your surface wisely. Then place the hook & loop shoes on your circuit and stick your circuit on the adhesive strip. You can remove the circuit easily from the strip.

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To make a more permanent connection to fabric, you can sew the adhesive strip to whatever material you are working with.

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Try sticking the shoes directly to felt. The shoes contain the hook side of the hook & loop, so the tiny hooks are able to grab onto fabrics like felt that have a similar texture to the loop side.

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Hook & Loop Shoes in Action

Riding your bike at night? Add some pulsing LEDs to your messenger bag with hook & loop shoes. Sew the adhesive strip to the bag and stick your circuit right on whenever you hop on your bike. P.S. We tucked the battery in a pocket.

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Shoes on shoes: stick your circuit on these stomping shoes with hook & loop shoes. Place the adhesive strip on the sneaker, add hook & loop shoes to your circuit and start dancing. The light wire lights up whenever you stomp down because of the sound trigger.

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Make a light-up dog collar! Design your circuit (we used a sound trigger, wires, and bargraphs) and lock it together with hook & loop shoes. Sew parts of the adhesive strip to the collar, position the circuit, and watch the collar light up when your dog barks.

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Rock out with this light-up jacket. This wearable uses a number of bright LEDs, long LEDs, and wires. We used hook & loop shoes to keep the circuit together and hold it down in strategic places.

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The hook & loop shoes came in handy with this hack of Disney’s Monsters University Sew Your Own Monster Kit. We not only used the shoes to adhere to the felt that makes up Sulley’s body, but we also used them to lock the modules to the transparency paper core. We punched holes in the transparency paper, stuck the module feet through the holes, and secured them on the other side with shoes.

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ADHESIVE SHOES

Adhesive shoes can be secured onto any surface — paper, cardboard, plastic – you name it! [Adhesive backing is one-time use only.]

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We tried sticking our circuits to a window, a bowling pin, and an inverted piece of wood. The adhesive is 3M VHB tape, which is very strong. Once you remove the backing and stick this shoe to a surface, it will stay in place for a long time. If you decide you want to remove the shoe, the adhesive will no longer be sticky, but your can still use the shoe as a way to lock your modules together.

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Adhesive Shoes in Action

Secure a synth circuit to a variety of materials to make a Keytar. The adhesive sticks nicely to the acrylic surface and holds the modules snugly in their places.

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Make a portrait to hang on your wall. In our office, Uncle Edward is a permanent installation, so we needed to be sure his circuit stayed in place. We used adhesive shoes on cardboard to do this!

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The Swat-o-matic is similar to your other household appliances, though it may serve a different purpose. In order to fit this circuit inside our appliance we had to do some creative placement. We were able to do this with adhesive shoes! The shoes stick to the wooden support structure and allow us to position the circuit at various angles.

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Get your shoes today! Buy now!

 

 

 

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