For this chapter, we'll also be using the Intel IoT Dev Kit bootable image. Besides the Galileo board and its wiring requirements along with an Internet connection, you'll need to have an LPD8806 LED strip (http://www.adafruit.com/product/306).
This type of LED strip is a digitally-addressable colored strip. It is not a cheap component, but will help you achieve some real, nice colored and glowing effects. Feel free to choose the length of your strip, but note that long strips will require you to use an external 5 V power supply unit. Using a 5 V, 2 Amperes power supply should be enough for powering a 1 m strip (http://www.adafruit.com/products/276).