Andy Modla sent in his great project- a LED fire tie!
Stay mentally warm this winter with a LED simulated fire in a tie. It was built with a 8×8 color LED matrix and an Arduino Pro Mini 5V/16MHz. The software is from http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=150881.0 written by giladaya. I modified it to use the Adafruit display.
Adafruit NeoPixel NeoMatrix 8×8 – 64 RGB LED Pixel Matrix – Put on your sunglasses before wiring up this LED matrix – 64 eye-blistering RGB LEDs adorn the NeoMatrix for a blast of configurable color. Arranged in an 8×8 matrix, each pixel is individually addressable. Only one microcontroller pin is required to control all the LEDs, and you get 24 bit color for each LED. Read more.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.