Photography by Brent Eckart



Add a flashing, tricolor UFO to your roller skates.

By Dan Bassak

Skatetown is our local roller rink in Bloomsburg, Pa. For years, it’s also been my artistic LED experiment laboratory. I started by taping single-color LEDs to skates. They were so popular that one session on the floor looked like a swarm of fireflies.

My latest LED invention is the UFO Toe Stop. It uses a disk-shaped “flying saucer” unit that contains a red, green, and blue (RGB) LED. I wanted to blend the colors in interesting ways, so I ...

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