September 18, 2013 AT 3:07 pm

NeoPixel Ring, Trinket, 3D Printing bring you “Caleb Kraft & the Spinning Beachball of Doom” #neopixel #neopixelring

If you are heading to World Maker Faire New York, watch for
“Caleb Kraft & the Spinning Beachball of Doom“, built in the newly released free app DesignSpark(

The spinning beachball, for those who are unaware, is the scourge of any mac owner. Any time your computer is “thinking,” you get that stupid beachball on your screen, basically analgous to the old Windows hourglass. I have an Adafruit Neopixel LED ring and a Trinket development board on my workbench, and I realized that I all I needed to do to get the correct pattern for the beachball was make a tiny modification to the test code used to make sure all the LEDs are working.

After that, I had to fabricate a shell. Max Maxfield has been writing about a new free piece of software for design called Design Spark, so I figured I’d give that a try. I downloaded it and installed it with no problems and was modeling an enclosure within minutes….

Read more. And they’re giving away 25 of the Adafruit Trinket boards to people who comment on their caption contest this month!

Beachball 01


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