Community Corner: Fluffy Little Clouds and Other Delights from this Past Week in the Adafruit Community

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These “Fluffy Little Clouds” costumes (and accompanying cloud/umbrella objects!) just might be the most darling blinky costume to date. What do you think? Shared by Selina and Zeke Koch in the Adafruit Forums:

Here’s a link to the halloween costumes we made for our kids. They had matching cloud costumes (a trinket, some neopixels/ws2811’s, a super simple rf radio and a USB battery). My wife had an umbrella with neopixels playing raindrop animations. I couldn’t use the trinket since I used 112 lights. The code for the umbrella uses AdaFruit’s NeoPixel library and is posted here. (read more)

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Michele Curletta shared: “Project Quadcopter: the brain is a Renesas microcontroller and a PID regulator control algorithm. Firmware is completly developed by me and other students. The basic modeling is provided by the mathematic model elaborated at the informatic and automation engineering department of Marche Polytechnic University in Ancona (Italy).” (read more)

David A Bloom Google A few pics of my first wearables project that I made for my

David A Bloom shared: “A few pics of my first wearables project that I made for my son’s Halloween costume this year (with sewing help from my wife). The Iron Man gloves feature a neopixel ring from Adafruit driven by ATTiny85 and triggered by a flex sensor mounted at the back of the wrist (glove). I programmed a nice little fade effect when the wrist is flexed, Iron Man-style. Came out better than expected. I learned a lot. Had a few failures. The end result wasn’t what I imagined, but turned out better, i think. Fun project. Excited to start my next one. 🙂 Thanks for looking.” (read more)

william foster shared: “i finished my robot for Jaidyn Edwards scrap heap contest! i got it working for a bit, but i do not recommend using light sensors on line following robots! they need to be re-calibrated often” (read more)

Jaidyn Edwards shared: “The second part to a small series looking into the programming methods and techniques you can use to program your robots.” (read more)

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Keith Golden shared: “This is my first attempt at inlays using a V bit on my CNC router.” (read more)

Gopi Palaniappan Google Here s the tablebot in action 2

Gopi Palaniappan shared: “Here’s the tablebot in action” (read more)

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phenoptix shared: “Building these with Adafruit Industries thin pixels. Another three should make a tidy display!” (read more)

Community Projects from the Adafruit Blog


Sausage shared photos of a completed Mastermind game mod on the Adafruit Forums. We shared about this project last month, nice to see the final version! “Neopixel strips and sticks hot-glued to the bottom of an original Mastermind decoder board, controlled using a Mintduino tucked into the original game box!” (read more)

Jamie Laing shared this 3DP electronics case for the Beaglebone and an LCD panel on the Adafruit Community (you can grab the files on Thingiverse): “This design works for both the Beaglebone and the Beaglebone Black, using the BB-BONE-LCD3-01, 3.5″ LCD panel from Circuitco. I’ve tested on both the Replicator 2 and the Replicator 2x, and aside from the buttons it works in both PLA and ABS, in it snaps together well enough you almost don’t need screws (on the PLA version). If you’re printing in ABS please be patient, ABS prints of the buttons are a little finicky. You should use an obedient filament for those.” (read more)

Asteroid from the Adafruit forums shared this ECG project! “Display of ecg data used to be difficult for me. The addition of Adafruit’s 2.8″ TFT Touch Shield with accompanying libraries now makes it almost trivial.” (read more)

Mike Prevette’s iconic looking GlitchyWeen helmet shared in the Forums: “So in my typical fashion I discard any long term planning for a Halloween costume at the very last minute and take on insanely ambitious delusional projects in their place. It always involves a fair bit of scavenging and resourceful repurposing of things I’ve got laying around, this year it just so happened I had a bunch of WS2812 (Neopixels) LEDs and some styrofoam cups around the studio. I had seen people making cup lamps for a few years and then someone on my Instagram feed posted a picture of someone wearing one as a helmet. DING! DING! DING! insperation! Like almost everything I figured I could take it up a notch to near perfection with Der BlinkinLights.” (read more)


Nathan shared: “Sticking with the video game theme for Halloween after last year’s Pumpktris, this year I decided to go as the classic game PONG. It’s a simple costume, and it can be put together with only about $15 of materials and an hour of time.” (read more)


bam and others in the Lulzbot forums (and also over at have been sharing interesting experiments in 3D printing metal: “A few things to keep in mind: Ventilation is important whenever you’re working with solder, and printing uses a lot of it. Solder has a tendency to clog, similar to PLA but a lot more quickly. The solder tends to have a hard time with smaller diameter nozzles, but flows freely through a 1mm nozzle at 235C. It doesn’t stick to painters tape well enough to print intricate shapes, but basic ones are fine. I’m going to try printing on a raft of ABS and a sheet of copper to try for a metal octopus. Then the turbine fans 🙂 ” (read more)


Elias Steurer used an Adafruit RGB Strip and Raspberry Pi to create this project in his garden. He took the photo with a 30 second exposure time (F8, ISO 200). (read more)

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