Basketball hoop lights usually aren’t nearly glam enough! They are usually one not-very-bright color. Not anymore! With NeoPixels and Gemma you can program these basketball hoop lights to be a certain color or change colors. Besides, NeoPixels are much brighter than a few LEDs. In this guide I will show you how to install a strip of weatherproof NeoPixels onto a mini basketball hoop.This guide has two code examples: one is to have the NeoPixels shine all the time, the other code example lights the NeoPixels up only when you score a point.
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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