Pressure Sensitive Stair Lights - Arduino/Neopixel/Velostat

Hey all

So I'll do my best to be thorough.

PROJECT

  • I have a ladder to my bed that is sometimes difficult to climb up/down when it's dark.
  • At both the foot of and top of this ladder, I have a rug
  • My objective is to place velostat beneath each carpet to triggered via foot pressure a soft fading light that will come from neopixels installed beneath each stair

WHAT I NEED HELP WITH

  • Making sure I don't need any additional hardware
  • Altering the existing Firewalker code to fit my project (or getting assistance on how to make my own)
  • Making sure the right things are going into the right pin

SETUP
(in pics - http://imgur.com/6YDJ7us)

Velostat connected to arduino with copper wiring (from speaker wire) and duct tape

  • wire plugged in to Pin A1

Neopixel connected via

  • to + of 5V
  • to - of 5V
    ** Additional jumper connected from 5V - to GND
    ** capacitor split between the 5V adaptor
    Data Pin to Pin 6

REFERENCE

The Adafruit Firewalker LED Sneakers are a very close reference to what I'm attempting to do.

But:

  • Instead of a Flora, I'm using an Arduino Uno
  • Using copper speaker wire, split out, instead of conductive thread
  • Instead of a Neopixel ring, I'm using a 1m/60led Neopixel from Adafruit
  • Instead of animating a quick heel to toe sequence, I'm looking for a smooth fading on/off light that will subtly change color

CODE

I've tried to make little alterations to the original code that help my cause, but I am mostly lost. For example I had to change the Velostat pin to A1 and the LED count to 60.

Here is the original code

IS THERE HOPE FOR ME YET?!