The RedBull creation contest begins! Check out details about the custom hardware care package!
Check out the the launch of this year’s RedBull Creation contest — and read about this year’s custom hardware over at Hackaday.
In previous years, RedBull has sent out some custom hardware for people to use. Last year it was basically an Arduino on a custom PCB with some cool touch sensors. This year, they’ve sent out this multi purpose LED controller shield that looks pretty impressive.
From JoeJoe, the creator of the board:
Basically, it is kind of an LED lighting multi-tool with some extra sensors and output devices on-board. The board is controlled over I2C using an Arduino Uno R3, or you can air-wire pretty much any device that supports 400KHz (fast mode) I2C to the breakout pads. We’ve tested it with some of custom networked devices and with Raspberry Pi, for example. The I2C addresses of each device are written on the silkscreen of the board, though some peripherals (on PIC microcontrollers for example) expect you to use that address shifted one bit to the left (they don’t automatically add in the low read/write bit).
Onboard you will find the following …
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