If you're maker of the adventurous type who tries first and thinks later, when the smoke has gone, you'll find LEDs suffering all kinds of fatal injuries. This mini-project is about recycling those poor LEDs in an orthopedically clever way, making the perfect foot reflex zone massage-sandal for geeks.
And by the way, LEDs do not necessarily need to light up, allthough that's their main purpose. But I'm not going to tell you crazy makers about hardware hacking... :)
Step 1: Preparation
All you need for the LED geek sandals is some styrofoam, a cutter, pincers, duct tape and loads of dead LEDs
Step 2: Cutting the Sole
First cut the shape of your sandal from the styrofoam with the cutter. I copied it from a cheap plastic sandal.
Step 3: Marking the Zones
Next, mark the orthopedically important reflex zones to know where to put the different LEDs. Or just draw something that looks nice.
Step 4: Cut and Place the LEDs
Cut the legs of the LEDs with the pincers. They should be long enough to be stuck firmly into the styrofoam but short enough to not stick out of the underside. Then start placing them. And keep on placing them...
Step 5: Shape the Shoe-topography
By using different types of LEDs you can shape the reflex zones to apply more or less pressure, according to whatever style of geek massage you are in for.
Step 6: Sole Finished
And when you're done, you're done.
Step 7: Tape Strips
Take two strips of tape, the short one should be just long enough to wrap around the upper part of your foot, the other one a bit longer to stick to the styrofoam.
Step 8: Stick Strips Together
Place the short strip on top of the longer one, sticky sides together. Make sure the short strip is about centered over the long one.
Step 9: Finishing the Sandal
Stick one side of the tape to the underside/edge of the sole and place your foot. Wrap the tape around the sole and your foot to adjust the length and stick it to the sole as well.
This action requires at least two hands and looks a bit awkward, so there's no picture of the process, sorry...
Now your geek sandal is ready, and you can start collecting LEDs for the other foot.